“Our podcast was born out of a failed TV show”

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Neil Delamare and Dave Moore love every moment of their podcast, Why Would You Tell Me That? They chat with Daragh Keany about comedy, mutual superiority and their failed attempts at a sitcom

Together they are the brains behind one of the funniest podcasts around – Why will you tell me this? – then Review+met them on a blustery beach on Dublin’s Bull Island to talk to Dave Moore and Neil Delamere about bats, failed sitcoms, sneakers, open relationships and why Dermot Whelan doesn’t need to feel pangs of jealousy as the new partnership blossoms.

“Dermot was actually okay with this new partnership until a few weeks ago when he was sick and someone texted him asking if Neil should replace him,” the star said. TodayFM.

“There’s no one more supportive of myself and Neil doing this. We have a great relationship and we work all the time off the show. Dermot had Republic of Telly with Bernard (O’Shea) and Jen (Zamparelli), and I was screaming about the show whenever I could.

“I worked in Today FM, but come on, people…” Neil interjects. “If it was another duo. They’ve won all the awards going. They’re golden. They’re very comfortable in their role. So basically they’re in an open relationship.

Explaining how the podcast came about, Dave explains: “Neil and I had wanted to work together for a long time, so we sat down and wrote a sitcom together which started off very well, being picked up by a production company in the UK who says the pilot. But then it ended up in the ether.

“To be honest, I was thinking of doing a podcast with Dermot,” Neil interrupts. “But I have the other. And here we are.”

Laughing, Dave picks up: “The sitcom was called pump and was about two Irish boys who owned a gym. May he rest in peace “.

“The thing about Neil is that my ‘Dave’s World’ slot (where he reveals crazy facts about something random) never gets abused by Dermot or Maria (producer Maria Devereux) or whoever it was else in the studio, but Neil liked it so much, he tried to outdo me.

“So the podcast came from there. It’s a great combination of entertainment and educating people. We don’t claim to be the perfect expert on anything, but we go out and learn about specific topics and try to wow each other.

“The second half of every podcast is the expert who enters the conversation to go even deeper – and bring real academic learning to the conversation.”

Neil continues, “I actually had the idea for a show years and years ago where I wanted Dave to be the host because he’s funny off the cuff and laid back enough that you can throw anything at him and he’ll roll with it. I was just the team captain in this show idea. That didn’t work either.

“So this podcast grew out of several failed attempts on TV. Luckily it caught his eye right away and thankfully it’s been a hit so far.

“It gets easier now that we have the first season in the bag. Now we have something to send to people — there’s a context for our investigation. So we can aim a little higher.

“We could talk for hours about the topics, but a huge stumbling block for some of our desired episodes is that we weren’t able to attract the right expert,” adds Dave. “And that’s a crucial part of every episode. It’s not enough to get us talking about a subject we like or have studied. We also need a real expert in that, so that’s definitely an issue.

“The most difficult episode was the sneakers, where I had Josh Luber as an expert. Anyone who knows me knows what a sneakerhead I am. And anyone who loves sneakers will know that Josh is one of the biggest names in sneakers. He’s a multi-billionaire and he came on the podcast.

Neil compares WWYTMT to one facet of his own career. “I see this podcast as a comedy club. Not a place. In a room, you buy your ticket to see Dave Moore. But in a comedy hall, you pay to be entertained and you have no idea who’s coming and what’s going to be talked about.

“People will start to trust the club and are ready to pay the money no matter who comes. In the same way, we know that our public will not necessarily know or be interested in linguistics or history or Nike or bats – but I hope he will download it, listen to it and enjoy it.

Are there too many podcasts? “It’s like saying there are too many animals or there are too many people painting,” explains Neil. “Nobody is forcing you to listen to this. You don’t pay for it. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. It literally has no impact on you if you don’t want it to.

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