Next in our series of NOTEWORTHY PODCASTS is :
RUAIRI WOODS – THE WOODSTALK PODCAST
Apart from being Sue Perkins lookalike regional finalist, Ruairi Woods is widely considered to be one of Northern Ireland’s elite stand up comedians. You may have seen him on BBC’s Late Licence or heard him on Radio Ulster on The Blame Game or Live at the Sunflower, however it’s his standup performances where he is most acclaimed. His blending of physicality with caustic wordplay has helped establish him as one of NI’s most entertaining comedic performers and storytellers.
Woods is a part of The Comedy Squad (a band of gifted NI comedians who have joined forces – much like Guardians Of The Galaxy or Suicide Squad – but without the cool costumes) who sold out the prestigious Ulster Hall in 2016. More recently he has been supporting acts such as Chris Ramsey and Colin Geddis.
He is also the creator of The WoodsTalk Podcast which is a kind of narrative journey/social commentary of day-to-day life, news, celebrity gossip, alcohol, science, food and banter. As a listener we’re treated to the inner workings of Ruairi’s brain and it’s unscripted, unedited, humour-filled ramblings.
Ruairi, cheers for taking the time. Just a few questions for you : What’s your favourite ’90s jam?
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) by Backstreet Boys.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
A dog. So I can lick my balls in public and not come under constant scrutiny like I do now.
Who would you say are your influences in the comedy
My all time favourites are pretty standard, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Billy Connolly and Dylan Moran. Over the last few years I’ve got really into Bill Burr, Rory Scovel and Sebastian Maniscalco. Thank you Netflix.
Why is Kurt Russell the best actor of all time?
He just is. Fin.
How did you get your start in comedy?
In 2010, I was dared by a friend to try an open mic comedy night. A few weeks later I did it and ended up sticking with it. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to do shows all over the UK. It’s also allowed me to branch out into tv and radio which is great too.
Whats the best place to do a gig?
Genuinely, The Mandela Hall in Belfast. I’ve done Queens Comedy Club several times and always had a ball. I also opened for Chris Ramsey at the same venue on his tour and it was tremendous. Hence why my upcoming solo show in The Mandela is such a big deal to me.
Complete these popular phrases :
•A bird in the hand…. is not valid currency.
•Always look both ways before…. masturbating on an airplane.
•When in Rome…. you’re not going to find Jambons. Deal with it.
•He who dares…. is a melter.
•Do you believe in life after love?…. Yes, anything Cher says is gospel.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Deep question, I’m getting married next year so fingers crossed that will still be the case. I’d ideally still want to be as heavily involved in comedy across all platforms as I can. That’s the main thing for me, as long as I still enjoy it I’ll keep doing it.
The WoodsTalk Podcast is available on SoundCloud at
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Tickets for his Belfast show @ the Mandella Hall are available @
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