Saturday 21 October 2017

Sharon takes Manhattan with raw rom com 'Catastrophe'

Brutal humour: Sharon Horgan, who wrote and starred in ‘Catastrophe’, now hitting the US
Brutal humour: Sharon Horgan, who wrote and starred in ‘Catastrophe’, now hitting the US

Jim Gallagher

Irish star Sharon Horgan is making huge waves in the US after a massive publicity drive for her comedy series, Catastrophe.

Giant posters for the third series of the raunchy show have appeared across New York, Los Angeles and other major cities.

Catastrophe stars Sharon as an Irish schoolteacher in London who falls pregnant after a steamy one-week fling with an American advertising executive who is in the city on business, played by Boston comedian Rob Delaney.

He moves to the UK to see if they can make a go of it and the story follows their life together with often hilarious results.

The acting couple - conveniently called Sharon and Rob in the series -have described the show as "an unromantic look at romance".

The third series, which has just finished on Channel 4, is now available in the US on Amazon and has attracted rave reviews. One US critic called it "the best rom com you will ever see" as it exposes the raw reality of a couple trying to find out about each other as they raise an unplanned baby.

Often ribald and shocking, even brutal in its humour, the series has been praised for its realistic take on life. The banter between 46-year-old Sharon, a married mother-of-two daughters in real life, and Rob, 40, a married father of three, is so natural many viewers think they are a real couple.

The two stars co-wrote the scripts, much of it based on their own experiences. The show looks set to turn Sharon, who also co-wrote the critically acclaimed TV series Pulling, into a major star across the water.

One TV executive said: "Catastrophe is giving Sharon Horgan a huge profile. Most Americans would not know her name but this show has put her on the map and has revealed she is a real original."

A fourth series of Catastrophe has been commissioned by Channel 4 and will be broadcast some time next year.

Sunday Independent

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