Paul Howard plays Personality Bingo with Tom Moran
Paul Howard is an Irish journalist, author and comedy writer. He is best known as the creator of the cult character, Ross O'Carroll-Kelly a fictional rugby jock whose exploits have been the subject of eighteen novels and two other books that have sold over one million copies in Ireland. He was named National Newspapers of Ireland Columnist of the Year in 2013 for his weekly column in The Irish Times on Saturday written under the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly pseudonym. He is the author of four plays – The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger in 2007, and Between Foxrock and a Hard Place in 2010, and Breaking Dad in 2014 and Postcards from the Ledge in 2017 – as well as the hugely successful 2012 puppet-based Anglo the Musical and a second musical Copper Face Jacks: The Musical in 2018.
His first non-Ross-related venture into fiction: Triggs – The Autobiography of Roy Keane's Dog – was a #1 Bestseller in 2012, and short-listed for an Irish Book Award. He is a four-time Irish Book Award winner, collecting the Best Popular Fiction prize in 2007 for Should Have Got Off at Sydney Parade, in 2010 for The Oh My God Delusion, in 2013 for Downturn Abbey (each parts of the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series) and Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 2016 for the biography of Tara Browne, "I Read the News Today, Oh Boy". He wrote comedy for radio and television and was part of the writing teams for two series of two RTÉ comedy sketch shows in the autumns of 2012 and 2013, Irish Pictorial Weekly and The Mario Rosenstock Show.