Galwegian viewers of Sky One’s latest comedy, ‘Moone Boy’ may notice a familiar face when they tune in this Friday night.
Boyle native and Galway resident John O’Dowd appears in the family comedy alongside his brother Chris, who also co-wrote the show.
Chris O’Dowd was the star of The IT Crowd and the Hollywood hit comedy, Bridesmaids.
John will be familiar to Galway audiences for his work with TrueWest Theatre group, which he founded. He has also appeared in a number of television roles on RTÉ, TG4 and Sky One, including the short film ‘Capturing Santa’, which appeared in the Sky One ‘Little Crackers’ series last Christmas and gave rise to ‘Moone Boy’.
In ‘Moone Boy’, John plays the role of Jim Mannion, one of a group of disgruntled fathers who form a slightly clandestine support group to air their grievances.
“Jim, like most men in their 40s who had children in their late 20s or 30s, has come to the realisation that their children are awful, that they’re mean and they’re selfish,” says John.
John’s role in the first, six-part series, is relatively small, but his character features much more prominently in the second season, which has already been commissioned by Sky and is currently being filmed.
“It’s a script plot that is developed further in series two. You don’t see a lot of the fathers in series one, but in series two we kind of come to the fore a little bit more,” explains John.
John is hugely excited about the reaction that the show will get this Friday, especially in the West of Ireland, where it is set.
“My suspicion, and my hope, is that people will be very fond of it. It has been shown to some audiences and the reaction has been great. It’s a family comedy. Kind of like a ‘Malcolm in the Middle’, I suppose is the nearest comparison I can make. I think people will like it because it’s not just a comedy, it’s also a warm reflection on growing up in Ireland 20 years ago.”
The show is loosely based on Chris’s childhood in Roscommon and John says the experiences related in the show will strike a chord with anyone raised in Ireland over the last two decades.
“It’s going to be little bit nostalgic, so, culturally, people are going to recognise their own upbringings as well as some of the characters that are drawn from it.”
John has also been collaborating on a feature-length script with his brother, based on John’s experience of travelling from Berlin to Australia, provisionally titled ‘The Adventures of Super-Frank’.
“Actually, when I finish up with ‘Moone Boy’, I’ll be getting the head down and getting that written,” he says.
‘Moone Boy’ starts with a double-bill on Sky One this Friday, 14 September at 9.30pm.