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Maths didn't add up for me when I got the laughs - Dara


Dara O'Briain

Dara O'Briain

Dara O'Briain

He has brains in spades and has a degree to prove it, but comedian Dara O Briain admitted the buzz of performing live drew him away from his studies.

The Wicklow comic (43) studied maths and theoretical physics in UCD, but he said he always knew the field wasn't for him.

"I was ok at the stuff. I met people who were genuinely really good and I thought 'I'm not going to dent this field properly'," he said. "In some ways it's like in football, you'll be the best in your small group, but eventually you're going to come across people that are better.

"That was kind of what it was like with me and maths."


However, the brainy funnyman is at home when he's entertaining on stage and couldn't be happier with his career in comedy.

"My head got turned by standing in front of crowds," Dara said.

"The sheer adrenaline rush of getting a laugh out of a crowd, which is what I discovered in college, just won."

Along with his stand-up shows, Dara has presented top panel shows including Mock The Week and The Panel, but for him nothing beats performing live.

"[I prefer] live shows by some distance. Panel shows are grand.

"They're fun at times, but they're someone else's choice of what the topics will be," he told the Nicky Byrne Show on 2FM.

"The Panel, which we did here, kind of sidestepped that a bit because we weren't tied to what we had to talk about - but the Brits love rules in games."