Karl Broderick: ‘It’s a cliché that gay people love Judy Garland, but there was no gay influence in my decision to love her. She is my first love’

Composer, stage producer, TV screenwriter and pantoist Karl Broderick lives in Dublin with her husband, TV presenter Alan Hughes (aka panto star Sammy Sausages).

What is your earliest memory?

Hiding behind the sofa scared by Wizard of Oz.

When and where were you happiest?

Butlin is a child. A fairground, cinema, theater, water park and total freedom. Very dear memories

What is your biggest fear?

Ended alone and broken.

What is your least attractive and most attractive trait?

I’m a bad timekeeper. I actually wrote a song called I Will Be Ready In A Minute. I believe my best trait is empathy. (I asked the husband.)

What trait do you hate the most in other people?

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What is the first thing you would do if you were Taoiseach?

I want to make sure that no one has a full-time job anywhere near a bread line.

Who would you most like to go out for a beer with?

My grandmother. Died at 93. Love Top of Pops and there is a youthful innocence that I have been fortunate to inherit.

Which fictional character do you most identify with?

Emma in the classic novel by Jane Austin. I am forever trying to matchmaking.

What is your most valuable asset?

Next to my phone, I took this little statue of St Anthony from my mom’s house when she passed away. It’s plastic and has never been washed, so I touch it every day because I almost believe there’s my mom’s DNA on it.

What is your most guilty pleasure?

Giant Milk Bars.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

Treat people as you would like to be treated.

Who will play you in a movie of your life?

Tom Holland as me as a kid and then as Christian Bale. He embodies the character in an amazing way.

Do you believe in a god?

God yes, but I despise organized religion.

What is your favorite word?

Random. As a musician, I haven’t used it yet, but I will.

What was the last TV show you binge-watched?

Grace and Frankie. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and also Dolly Parton in the finale. I cried.

What is your closest brush to the law?

When my taxes are over… in the post. There was a checkpoint ahead, so I turned around. Well, about four police cars chasing me, sirens, green lights, work. It looked like they were looking for a car with a gun and my turn sent them running. I have a short company. I still get PTSD when I see a checkpoint.

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Don’t let people make you ignore your feelings.

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

Time travel.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I dressed up as Bord Gais and handed out flyers at traffic lights. I quit my job in advertising to try becoming a writer and am happy to take on anything that takes just a few hours of my time so I can become a writer.

What book do you wish you had written?

Book by our nephew Andrew Hughes The daughter of the crowned. It just received a positive review in New York Times. It’s a great book and it humbles me as a writer.

What is your favorite song to work with?

Strong enough by Cher.

Which historical figure would you like to meet and what would you discuss?

JFK fascinates me. I toyed with the idea of ​​a play where JFK was in heaven’s waiting room, then Lee Harvey Oswald came in, then Jack Ruby, and they knew all the answers. And Judy Garland. It’s a cliché to say that gay men love Judy, but there was certainly no gay influence in my decision to love her. I guess she was my first love, and it shocked me growing up and realizing how much gay men love her as well.

What song would you like to play at your funeral?

Some where are from West Story.

Karl Broderick wrote and co-produced ‘Snow White and Sammy & Buffy’, showing at the National Stadium from December 13 to January 8. For tickets see panto.ie

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