Comedian Paul McDermott.

Comedian Paul McDermott.

Musical shenanigans and smarts have been integral to Paul McDermott's past since his '80s days in the Doug Anthony All Stars. For his latest show, Paul Sings, the versatile screen and stage personality has mined songs from Good News Week, GUD, The Sideshow and more for a night of tunes and wit with relish.

After coming off stage at the end of a show, I like to …

Carouse. We end our late shows by taking the entire audience into [a] lane. We perform our encores in the alley and then fall into the nearest bar.

I rate my singing voice as …

The trilling equal of the meadow lark … Dogs hear it in neighbouring suburbs and bay in unison.

The music I'm listening to most is …

The Unknown Mortal Orchestra. My nephew Paul is my current DJ, selecting a vast array of obscure and wondrous sounds to educate my ears. Still enraptured by the Tallest Man on Earth, the Hellhounds, Stu Hunter's extraordinary instrumental outpourings, the Mars Volta and the foul-mouthed Azealia Banks.

Taking up my reading time is …

The adventures of Buckminster Fuller and the geodesic dome. All the Bucky books are great.

The last thing on stage that really moved me was …

I would have to say the 1986 production of The Crucible by The Wooster Group at the Adelaide Fringe, [involving performing] on a mix of hallucinogens. Incredibly honest, thought-provoking and very darkly funny theatre.

The next film I'm keen to catch is …

The next one I make. I'm keen to complete another couple of short films in the next few years … I have the scripts and the drawings, all I need now is the money and the will power.

The best part of doing Paul Sings is …

Sharing the joy that has seen riots of ecstasy by the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne comedy [festival] audiences. Don't believe me? Check out the snaps @youngmasterpaul on Twitter. Man, they've been going crazy. Should have done this singing malarkey years ago.

The worst part is …

Only a select few will share in this delicious wonder.

My greatest inspirations are …

The little people. You guys and gals reading this mag. Love youse all. How on earth do you go to work every day? Why would someone do that to themselves? Good on ya, though. Keep it up. I'm still in bed.

I get wound up when …

I witness the savage inconsistencies of contemporary existence. I constantly lament the inability - because of overzealous protection laws - of any coffee shop anywhere to boil water, which is necessary for a cup of tea. I hate it … $6 to get a tepid pot of weak, fey, hipster brew in some fancy-dancer silky pouch which can't infuse … It's a conspiracy by the coffee drinkers.

I like to unwind …

With a decent boiling pot of self-made home brew.

Paul Sings is at the Enmore Theatre on May 3 as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival.