MATT LACEY’S ‘GAP YAH’ SPOOF WAS THE MOST YOUTUBED VIDEO OF THE LAST YEAR. Now he’s written a book on how not to gap year. The actor and comedian’s Gap Yah Plannah looks at the clichés of ‘spiritual, cultural, political’ year abroad. But, as he reveals here, there can be much more to it. A well-planned gap year can be the foundation of a great career to come.
I WENT TO OXFORD AND STUDIED MODERN HISTORY,” says Matt. “I liked it a lot, you can kind of pick and choose what you want to study, so I now have a great knowledge about very obscure 14th and 15th century history.”
Unsurprisingly, given his recent rise to fame, he followed his time at university with a gap year. What is perhaps surprising is what he spent it doing. “I spent most of it living in Ireland working at a Chinese restaurant run by Romainians. That was a life experience.”
For Matt, as
for an increasing number of graduates, it wasn’t the typical year abroad, not least because Thailand and Burma weren’t on the itinerary. “My parents are Irish and I had a lot of family over there so I thought I’d go over there and see what happened. The money was better because this was when the Irish economy was in overheat mode, it was the height of the Celtic tiger.”