ABSOLUTE Radio breakfast host Christian O’Connell sold out when he made his Fringe stand-up debut last year. Now he’s back with a new show, Breaking Dad, but first, the 10-time Sony Award-winning DJ shares his Top 10 on-air moments.
No 1: The worst interview I ever did - I will only give this movie star’s initials: S.S.
No 2: I’ve been doing live radio for 16 years and the most complaints about offensive language was the PM David Cameron.
No 3: We have done this big competition called Who’s Calling Christian? where listeners have two weeks to get celebs to call the show.
The best wins £10k for the celeb’s charity of choice and £10k for the listener. First time I did it, in 2004, Jack Bauer [the fictional hero of the TV series 24] called in and won.
No 4: I was interviewing Noel Gallagher once and he said how easy DJing looked, so I said, “Come and co-host a breakfast show with me then.” He did and was brilliant.”
No 5: Every Christmas we do a panto. This year it was Zombie Claus, starring ex-Doctor Who David Tennant and Shane Richie. Great fun.
No 6: Last year I did the radio show from my house. Lazy I know, but it was great as could lie in later. Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics came round and played live and he was just great. My dog curled up by his feet and slept through all his songs - tough crowd.
No 7: Every week we let kids phone in and tell us what’s bugging them. One day this kids came on and said, “You… because of your alien-like laugh.”
No 8: Fighting Darth Vader. I got to become only the second man in history to fight the actual Darth Vader. Just me and Luke. I never lost an arm.
No 9: When I did my show live from Chicago I tried to do everything Ferris Bueller does on his day off. Due to the time difference, we were live 11pm-2am. Ferris never had to do that bit - the lightweight.
No 10: Making a documentary with Coldplay, I got to fly with them on their private jet to a gig in Germany.
• Christian O’Connell: Breaking Dad, Underbelly, Bristo Square, until 16 August, 6.25pm, £12.50-£13.50, 0131-226 0000