Chris Corcoran is a comedian, television and radio presenter. He studied History and Politics and graduated in 1993.
You trained as a teacher. What made you take the step into comedy?
Early mid-life crisis and an urge to try something different, I suppose. I’d been having lots of comedy ideas whilst I was teaching. I would often have to pull over on my way to school to write stuff down. Looking back it wasall rubbish, but it was coming out and so I thought ‘why not give it a try’.
How did your move into television – in particular children’s programmes - come about?
I went to an audition at CBBC for the role of a cartoon teddy bear on a show called Nelly Nut Live. I gave him the voice and character of a 55 year old Welsh, rugby committeeman, with a touch of Huw Edwards. Somehow it seemed to work and I got the job.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Sitting on an isolated roundabout with Rhod Gilbert in Nantes for BBC Radio Wales during the Rugby World Cup to ‘soak up the pre-match atmosphere’. It didn’t take long – a few people walked past with baguettes, we had a coffee and that was about it.
I’m loving what I’m doing with BBC Wales now and anything that I did that helped or had a positive impact on any of the kids I taught.
Who has been your biggest inspiration in life, and why?
My Dad for managing to become a published novelist despite a) having a full time job b) full family responsibilities and c) not having enjoyed the comfort of underpants until he was nine.
You have covered the Six Nations Rugby tournament and the Ryder Cup for television. What sport do you follow and take part in?
I’m a huge rugby fan. I play Touch Rugby and have been training for a triathlon for well over three years now but have yet to compete due to my being intrinsically un-athletic and therefore constantly injured.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in the entertainment industry?
Do a proper job first.
What are your plans for the future?
To be happy. To continue to make fun TV and radio. To do a MA in Political Philosophy. To apply for a second blue plaque to be placed on the front of Cwmdonkin Drive. Not necessarily in that order.