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What’s on Shane Hor­gan’s cul­tural radar

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I’m read­ing Based on a True Story: Not a

Mem­oir by the Amer­i­can co­me­dian Norm Mac­don­ald. He was the last stand-up to per­form on Let­ter­man, which is the best piece of stand-up I’ve seen. I’m in­fat­u­ated with him at the mo­ment – I didn’t know about him un­til re­cently, so as a re­sult I’ve gone re­ally in-depth. The book is a comic novel and it’s very funny. It takes el­e­ments of his life, but as the ti­tle sug­gests, it’s not a mem­oir.

Artist

I was lucky enough to meet an artist called Antony Mi­callef a lit­tle while ago. My art knowl­edge isn’t so­phis­ti­cated enough to de­scribe his work but he’s a mod­ern artist who works with heavy oils. I went to his stu­dio and the ex­pe­ri­ence blew my mind as I’d never seen the in­side of an artist’s stu­dio be­fore or been talked through the process of mak­ing art. It was in­cred­i­ble to see the way he works.

Ac­tor

Cil­lian Mur­phy is in­cred­i­ble in ev­ery­thing he’s done, he’s con­sis­tently good. I can’t take my eyes off him. I love how broad his work is. Bat­man was a main­stream film but he did some­thing re­ally sin­is­ter with the char­ac­ter of the Scare­crow. He was also great in Break­fast on Pluto, and his char­ac­ter in Peaky Blin­ders was bril­liant.

Pod­cast

I’m bi­ased, but Sec­ond Cap­tains is my favourite pod­cast, cer­tainly from a sport­ing con­text [Shane’s brother Mark is the pro­ducer]. I’ve also been lis­ten­ing to Jon Ron­son’s But­ter­fly Ef­fect. He looks at things in a slightly al­ter­na­tive way, and this pod­cast se­ries is about the ef­fect of the mass con­sump­tion of porn. It’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing, and they episodes are only around 30 min­utes each so you go through the se­ries in no time.

So­cial­me­di­aac­count

I like Hadley Free­man, the Guardian jour­nal­ist; Seth Abram­son, who’s in­sight­ful about Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, es­pe­cially on Trump and the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion; and Rob De­laney, who works with my sis­ter [Sharon Hor­gan, on

Catas­tro­phe]. He used to be more pro­lific, but I think he puts it in his shows now in­stead of giv­ing it away for free.

City

I’ve lived in Lon­don for six years and re­ally en­joy it, but I spend a lot of time in Dublin too and there’s so many cool restau­rants and bars now. It seems to have got­ten bet­ter and bet­ter in the last few years.

Co­me­dian

I’m a huge fan of David O’Do­herty. I’d know David rel­a­tively well and I’ve seen him live a num­ber of times, I ab­so­lutely love him.

TVshow

I re­ally en­joyed Peaky Blin­ders, and Catas­tro­phe is a big favourite in our house. Be­cause it’s my sis­ter on screen it can some­times be a bit cringey, es­pe­cially if I watch it with my par­ents.

Restau­rant

In Dublin, I’ve been to The De­lahunt a cou­ple of times and I like it there; the space is great and the food is re­ally nice. In Lon­don, there’s a place called My Neigh­bours The Dumplings in Clap­ton which is de­li­cious. There’s a small bar down­stairs, and up­stairs they serve dim sum. You tick what you want on a form and hand it in, then they bring out all the small plates to you.

Film

The last cou­ple of films I’ve seen are the The Death of Stalin, and then Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which I re­ally en­joyed in a block­bustery, Christ­mas kind of way.

Play/mu­si­cal

Like the rest of the world, the mu­si­cal I re­ally want to see is Hamil­ton, which is now show­ing in Lon­don. Over a year ago, I was in New York and some­one men­tioned it to me, so I re­ally naively rang up the box of­fice ask­ing for tick­ets for next week only to be told there was an 18-month wait­ing list for it. So that’s top of my list to see.

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