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Friday 15 December 2017

Apres Match Gary Cooke comic gets punked for his 50th

Gary Cooke and Joanne McAteer as Vid Licious and Limone Slice
Gary Cooke and Joanne McAteer as Vid Licious and Limone Slice

COMEDIAN Gary Cooke, of Apres Match and I Keano fame, has decided to try his hand at pop punk as he approaches his 50th birthday.

His band The Vids was borne out of a comedy sketch show, called At Home with Vid and Limone, that he puts out on YouTube every Sunday night.

Though he is best known as a comedian, this latest venture sees him trying his hand as a rocker.

"It's not Beethoven or anything but it's got an up at 'em old world kind of punk rock feel, it's good fun," he told the Herald.

"It's very different from anything I've done before," he said, adding that he hopes the band will be ready for live shows before the year's end.

The 49-year old is facing a busy year as he will soon begin preparation for the return of I Keano to the stage.

RETURN

In March, the musical comedy will return to the Olympia Theatre seven years after its last run ended.

Cooke will return as Fergie and Dunphia and he admitted that he had forgotten some of the scenes.

"They were some bits that I couldn't remember at all and I was wondering if it was symptomatic of age or of the fact that it's been seven years. That's a lot of years of drinking and damaging your brain," he joked.

This year's production of the play, which focuses on the infamous Saipan saga of 2002 between Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy, will see some new cast members.

Johnny Ward, who is best known for playing Paulie in Love/Hate, will take up the role of Keano.

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