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master mimic Conor Moore on his meetings with Tiger Woods, Jose Mourinho and his remarkable rise

Taking off Tiger, meeting Mourinho, poking fun at Poulter and Gavin’s gesture – the crazy life of an Irish sports impersonator


VOICED: Conor Moore got to know golfer Tiger Woods after they worked on an ad campaign

VOICED: Conor Moore got to know golfer Tiger Woods after they worked on an ad campaign

VOICED: Conor Moore got to know golfer Tiger Woods after they worked on an ad campaign

Conor Moore tells a story that perfectly sums up his remarkable transformation from sales consultant to world-renowned sports impersonator, while also illustrating the class that made Jim Gavin one of the greatest managers in GAA history.

Moore was still a rookie when he was asked to jump up on stage in a New York pub five years ago to “do a few impressions” for the all-conquering Dublin football squad and he was planning to exit stage left after a “so so” performance.

Then, a knock came on his door backstage with Dubs supremo Gavin standing on the other side.

“Jim Gavin was there and he says, ‘All the Dublin lads want to get a picture with you’ and I was like, ‘What?’ I was thinking that they hardly want a picture. I was only after starting off and when I eventually came out the boys were all dispersed,” Moore recalls.

“Jim was like, ‘Ah, never mind sure we’ll get a photograph’ and he brought me over to the Sam Maguire. When I met him a few years later he came up to me to congratulate me on everything that had happened since and he says, ‘You’ve come very far from that night over in Times Square’.

“I said, ‘You came into me and said that the Dublin boys wanted to get a photograph with me, they hardly wanted a photograph with me?’ And he just looked at me and says (in Gavin’s voice), ‘No, but I just thought that you needed to hear that at the time’.”

The six-time All-Ireland SFC-winning manager wasn’t lying about how far Moore had travelled during the intervening period either with the DCU Business Finance graduate cutting out a niche for himself that has seen his star sky-rocket in recent years.

The first seeds were planted when his father bought a DVD of ‘Après Match live at the Olympia’ in the mid ’90s and Moore started to take off the likes of Eamon Dunphy and John Giles, but impressions went into cold storage for a long time after that.

It was only when watching a shemozzle between his native Mullingar Shamrocks and rivals The Downs that the idea came to put together a “little skit” on the melee through the eyes of Jose Mourinho, David Beckham, Harry Redknapp and Joe Brolly.

It circulated through various WhatsApp groups before his club-mate Denis Corroon, a veteran with the Lake footballers, posted it online and plenty of positive feedback gave Moore the “light bulb moment” to think that this could be more than just a bit of craic.

A spell with Joe.ie helped to smoothen the rough edges before developing further with the assistance of another Joe, with former Derry football star Brolly always close by if needed and “one of the most important people” in Moore’s rise.

“Any time I did a sketch on him, it didn’t matter how hard you went in on him, he just didn’t care and everything was just good fun. He got me on ‘The Sunday Game’ one day with the Brolly meets Brolly sketch getting millions of views on my YouTube,” he says.

Moore continues to rub shoulders with sporting royalty on a regular basis and even he is taken aback by what’s happened to him in a short period of time. His recent wedding was a prime example of how “surreal” his life can be.

“It’s not a very important job or a big job, but the amount of important people that I’ve met, sporting VIPs, is mental and just how it’s opened so many doors and so many avenues for me,” Moore says.

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“When we got married we had a video message from Jack Nicklaus congratulating me and my wife Fiona. I remember when that came on I didn’t know that was coming and I was a bit like . . . ‘Wow’ when that came up on the screen.”

Other moments like meeting Mourinho, golfing with Rory McIlroy and having Formula 1 head honchos reach out after a recent viral video have been “mental”, but nothing compares to sharing a morning with Tiger Woods while shooting a commercial together.

“I remember going in that morning and I started questioning things in the car on the way over. His name is obviously Tiger, but you don’t meet Rory McIloy and go, ‘Well Rors’. I was thinking then ‘Is that maybe his nickname?’

“Then I was googling him and his name is Eldrick and I was asking the fella in the car ‘Do I call him Eldrick or do I call him Tiger?’ To this day I laugh at imagining if I walked in and said, ‘Howya Eldrick, how’s a going?’

“First thing he said to me was, ‘Alright, do me’ and he made me do him and as soon as I did he just went (in Tiger’s voice) ‘F*** dude, that sounds just like me’. But he was class, he was beyond class.”

Moore marvelled at Tiger’s ability to focus and nail his lines with one take like a seasoned pro as he utilised the same skills that made him the best on the golf course.


Conor Moore doing his Shane Lowry impression

Conor Moore doing his Shane Lowry impression

Conor Moore doing his Shane Lowry impression

“I was talking to some of the lads from TaylorMade and whatever way his brain works, he’s the most focused individual. You go in and tell him what he has to do and he just nails everything. He’s just so present and in the moment,” he recalls.

“Bob Rotella (the famed sports psychologist) says that’s why he is who he is, nobody can focus and stand on a putting green for four hours and just putt away without getting bored, except him. That’s why he was the greatest player that played the game.”

Another golfer instrumental in Moore’s popularity is Ian Poulter with several retweets and online interactions helping to spread his work, although a hairy moment after the Brit’s exit from the 2018 Open Championship left Moore sweating.

“I had pre-recorded a video from the week before about Poulter seeing a psychologist and being completely deluded about his golf game thinking he’s great but he keeps losing. It was pre-recorded, but The Golf Channel had it scheduled to go out on Friday evening,” he recalls.

“He missed the cut on Friday afternoon and did a really rough interview, was pretty angry and walked off. So this video dropped and I actually tried to contact The Golf Channel not to put it out now because it’s going to look like we went two feet in on Poulter after getting cut.

“I was sitting having dinner in some restaurant in Carnoustie and my phone buzzes and it says, ‘Ian Poulter has mentioned you in a comment on Twitter’ and I was sitting there thinking, ‘I betcha he’s going to call me out now and say I’m an a*****e or something’.

“I open it up and the quote was (in Poulter’s voice), ‘I’ve had a s*** day on the course, I come off and I see this video and this has cheered me right up. Hilarious @ConorSketches’. I couldn’t tell you how relieved I was when I saw that.”

Working under the Conor Sketches banner, the man of many voices has amassed a whopping 334,000 fans on Instagram – as well as 154,000 followers on Twitter.

However, perfecting his work is far from glamorous, as he insists that “you just have to listen to the same person over and over again” with different personalities requiring varying degrees of practice before he is happy to put a video out there for public consumption.


And Moore celebrates with the real Shane Lowry after the Offaly golfer's success in the The Open Championship.

And Moore celebrates with the real Shane Lowry after the Offaly golfer's success in the The Open Championship.

And Moore celebrates with the real Shane Lowry after the Offaly golfer's success in the The Open Championship.

“I literally just watch videos all day and if I really need to get somebody, I’ll put their voice onto my phone and then when I’m walking around, people see me with earphones in all the time and I’m usually listening to someone else’s voice,” he says.

The dressing-room of friends he grew up with are still his best sounding board. Several sketches will never see the light of day “because the boys will tell me not to”, but Clare legend Ger Loughnane will certainly never fall into that category.

“My favourite to do is Ger Loughnane and always will be, no one will ever take that podium off Ger. It’s all about the character, Poulter is like my version of Ger Loughnane in golf,” he says.

“Some people are just funny anyway and people enjoy listening to them and the two lads are like that so when I start exaggerating those little nuances about them and those cadences, it can be really funny.”

As an avid GAA fan, Moore intends to get more into the GAA where possible as he always strives to keep his content fresh.

“I’m always trying to work on new things even just to keep it fresh for myself. You have to always be on the ball and that’s why you never want to be just involved in one game because people might get sick of that. I’m always working to prevent ever becoming stale.”

He recently opened a bar in the Big Apple called the ‘The Westbury’ and has his own show on GolfPass – The Conor Moore Show – but it is at home in Ireland where he intends to be based for the foreseeable future.

Live shows and taking Conor Sketches on tour full-time are next on his agenda and if his meteoric rise so far is anything to go by, we haven’t heard the best of Conor Moore just yet.

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