Chatting to Darren Maule

2017-07-11 06:02
East Coast Radio presenter Darren Maule.Photo: supplied

East Coast Radio presenter Darren Maule.Photo: supplied

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ECR radio jock Darren Maule is no stranger to the entertainment industry. Apart from his East Coast Radio breakfast show, he also appears on TV, is a stand-up comedian and recently renewed his contract with East Coast Radio for three years.

Hillcrest Fever reporter Kalisha Naicker got up close and personal with him to see what makes him tick.

KN: How and why did you get into radio?

DM: I have been lucky enough in my performance art career to have been exposed, in a professional sense, to literally all the performance art forms. And when I say all – I literally mean all. Not just film and TV. I have done mime, clowning, physical theatre, children’s theatre, industrial theatre, Shakespeare and improv. In terms of stand-up comedy. I have emceed, done improvised comedy, done a duo act, done straight stand-up. In TV I have done drama, game shows, live TV, sitcom, reality and advertisements. A lot of it in both a writing and performing capacity. I had literally done it all when I got a call from East Coast Radio - ‘Hey – how would you like to do breakfast radio?’ I asked, ‘Does that mean I get to live in Durban?’ Their answer, ‘Yes.’ My answer; ‘Okay, let’s do it.’

KN: How would you describe your first radio gig?

DM: An abysmal disaster! I had never done radio before and I can now admit that I was incredibly nervous. What I learnt is that radio is not a part of the performance arts spectrum, but a separate beast. I can safely say it took me about three years to tame the beast and hopefully now for the next three years I can make the beast sing, dance and play the accordion.

KN: What did you want to be as a child?

DM: I have always wanted to be an actor.

KN: Who are your role models?

DM: Radio – Howard Stern and Jeremy Mansfield. Comedy – George Carlin and Eddie Murphy. Film – Gary Oldman and Jim Carrey. Theatre – Sandra Prinsloo and Steven Birkhof. TV – Jon Stewart and Carol Burnett.

KN: One word to describe yourself?

DM: Mercurial.

KN: What is your favourite food?

DM: Appropriately enough – as a breakfast show host - bacon and eggs. But I am fussy – the bacon must be streaky and crisp and the two fried eggs must be free range, the white solid and the yolks beautifully runny. A side order of honey to drizzle over my bacon is a must.

KN: What is one thing that people do not know about you?

DM: I really enjoy watching boxing.

KN: If you could pass a message to the youth of today what will that be?

DM: There are always two sides to every argument and somewhere in between you will find the truth.

KN: How and why did you get into radio?

DM: I have been lucky enough in my performance art career to have been exposed, in a professional sense, to literally all the performance art forms. And when I say all – I literally mean all. Not just film and TV. I have done mime, clowning, physical theatre, children’s theatre, industrial theatre, Shakespeare and improv. In terms of stand-up comedy. I have emceed, done improvised comedy, done a duo act, done straight stand-up. In TV I have done drama, game shows, live TV, sitcom, reality and advertisements. A lot of it in both a writing and performing capacity. I had literally done it all when I got a call from East Coast Radio - ‘Hey – how would you like to do breakfast radio?’ I asked, ‘Does that mean I get to live in Durban?’ Their answer, ‘Yes.’ My answer; ‘Okay, let’s do it.’

KN: How would you describe your first radio gig?

DM: An abysmal disaster! I had never done radio before and I can now admit that I was incredibly nervous. What I learnt is that radio is not a part of the performance arts spectrum, but a separate beast. I can safely say it took me about three years to tame the beast and hopefully now for the next three years I can make the beast sing, dance and play the accordion.

KN: What did you want to be as a child?

DM: I have always wanted to be an actor.

KN: Who are your role models?

DM: Radio – Howard Stern and Jeremy Mansfield. Comedy – George Carlin and Eddie Murphy. Film – Gary Oldman and Jim Carrey. Theatre – Sandra Prinsloo and Steven Birkhof. TV – Jon Stewart and Carol Burnett.

KN: One word to describe yourself?

DM: Mercurial.

KN: What is your favourite food?

DM: Appropriately enough – as a breakfast show host - bacon and eggs. But I am fussy – the bacon must be streaky and crisp and the two fried eggs must be free range, the white solid and the yolks beautifully runny. A side order of honey to drizzle over my bacon is a must.

KN: What is one thing that people do not know about you?

DM: I really enjoy watching boxing.

KN: If you could pass a message to the youth of today what will that be?

DM: There are always two sides to every argument and somewhere in between you will find the truth.

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