Dad in profile: Dave O'Neil
Father & comedian
"Leaving the house with three screaming kids can sometimes take a more complex exit strategy than the Americans leaving Iraq".
How many children do you have? What age / sex are they?
Three! Seven, four and two. Boy girl boy
What has surprised you the most about becoming a father?
How tired you can get but you still love them!
Do you miss anything about your life prior to having children?
Only movies, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, surfing, skiing, sky diving. quiet nights in front of the fire, candlelit dinners, romantic walks along the beach, sex.. but apart from that, no nothing.
What is the hardest part about being a dad?
Resisting the temptation to do Dad jokes, ‘I’m Hungry Dad’ says my kid, ‘Hi hungry, I’m Dad.’
How has your relationship with your partner changed since you have become parents?
When we go out for our once a year date, all we talk about is our kids… we used to talk about our cat.
What advice do you have for new fathers or fathers to be?
Try and spend as much time with your kids, it will be worth it in the long run.
And use the television like penicillin- only when you need it. That’s for the kids only, for you – go crazy at night.
What are you great at?
Changing stinky nappies, I can do it in ten seconds flat!
What are you terrible at?
Coordinating the kid’s clothes- I think blue and green look fine together.
How has your attitude to work / career changed since becoming a father and how do you manage the juggle of family and work?
As a stand-up comic I work mainly at night, so I’m very lucky I get to spend most days with the kids. But you do need to continue to work, work is a great escape.
Do your children recognize their dad as being ‘famous’ or well known? And if so, how do they cope with this? Do they think you are the funniest dad ever?
No, occasionally strangers will come up and talk to me and my son will say ‘Who was that Dad?’ And I’ll say ‘I don’t know.’ They just think I’m Dad.
What do you do in your leisure or ‘me’ time?
Lie on the couch and watch TV shows like ‘Entourage’ and eat potato chips.
Who do you admire? Why?
Any parent who doesn’t go insane bringing up children.
Tell us a little about your latest comedy show and the parenting experiences you feature in your performance.
My comedy show is about parenting – I don’t sugar coat it! I talk about the birthing classes, the birth, baby monitors, schools, going to the doctor, the park… everything and anything about being a Dad.