At The Mike Stand with Colin Broderick

Colin Broderick, first and foremost, is a writer. You know, the type of guy who puts words together for a living. Not merely a blogger, or a typist who happens to be a half-decent speller, or one of those guys who ‘like, works in media (and stuff)’, but a real, honest to goodness, down and dirty, writer of words, books, plays, articles, prose and, well, you get the drift. Having recently seen his critically-lauded memoir, ‘Orangutan’ (which tells of his 20-odd years spent in The Big Apple, much of it in a self-imposed alcoholic stupor), published to great acclaim, the County Tyrone-born, New York-based former hell-raiser and current survivor, sometime carpenter and full-time author-du-jour, is preparing for the release of volume two of his life’s tales of craziness, sadness, mirth and recovery, ‘That’s That’, which will be published by Random House, Three Rivers Press, in September of next year. For more of Colin’s work, including his blog concerning his current self-imposed (so he tells me) twelve-month stint into celibacy, check out his website (, or better yet, go ahead and read ‘Orangutan’ (available at most booksellers). Colin, welcome to ‘At The Mike Stand’.

By Michael Fitzpatrick

What would you like your own tribute act to be called?

Bad Broderick and The Poet Posse.

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?

Last night and I can’t remember what it was about.

What act would you like to have seen perform live?

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

What team(s) do you support?

If you ever catch me watching football please call a doctor immediately.

What period in history would you most like to have visited?

Paris in the 1920’s so I could have had a drink with Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

What song would you most like to have written?

Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley’s version.

Who or what, would make you leave a room?

I recently made a vow of celibacy for one year so anything in a short skirt sends me running for cover these days.

What decade rules?

I’m hoping it’s this one.

What song do you most enjoy performing?

I do a stirring rendition of ‘The Birdy Song’.

What movie role would you like to have played/play?

Mickey Rourke’s role in ‘9 and a Half Weeks’ opposite Kim Basinger.

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?

Yes, Worzel Gummidge.

What’s the first album you remember buying?

Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat out of Hell’.

Who’s your favorite Beatle?

John, but Ringo’s been growing on me over the past fifteen years or so.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Lechaim from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

Who’s the most rock and roll person who ever lived?

Bill Clinton.

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?

Lady Gaga.

Who would you most like to meet/have met?

Lady Gaga

What book can you read again and again?

Lady Gaga, sorry, Hemingway’s, ‘A Moveable Feast’.

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?

Brendan O’Shea’s ‘Songs From a Tenement’, due for release next month.

What artists would you most like to have played with in the band of your dreams?


What do few people know about you?

I have severe social anxiety.

What sitcom character can you most identify with?

Cliff Claven from ‘Cheers’.

What movie can you watch over and over again?

‘True Romance’, it gets better and better every time I see it.

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?

George W.

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?

St Petersburg, Russia.

What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?

It’s a tiebreaker between the potato peeler and the turf cutter.

What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?

The sun-visor.

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?

He’s still alive, Chris Campion.

Who’s your favorite namesake?

Colin Hay

Who’s your favorite character from literature?


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