Thursday 8 December 2016

Joanne McNally has eye on UK move as first London comedy gigs loom

Sean O'Grady

Published 26/04/2016 | 09:19

Havin' a laugh at the line up announcement of the Vodafone Comedy Tent at Body&Soul was Joanne McNally. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Havin' a laugh at the line up announcement of the Vodafone Comedy Tent at Body&Soul was Joanne McNally. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

She certainly made an impression on RTE's Republic of Telly and now Joanne McNally has set her sights on an international career.

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The TV star took over the reins from Jennifer Maguire on the hit series last year and is now gearing up to take on London's cut-throat comedy circuit, with a potential move on the cards.

"I'm going to London in the summer to play some gigs, so hopefully they'll go well," she said.

Although she has never performed in the UK before, McNally is already considering making the move over to further her career.

"Ideally, I would like to go back and forth because I love Ireland," she told the Herald.

"I love Dublin so much so I wouldn't like to totally leave, but it's about going where the work is."

The Vodafone Comedy Tent at Body&Soul is a glimmering addition to the already outstanding festival line-up that will entertain the masses in the beautiful surroundings of Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from 17th – 19th June.
The Vodafone Comedy Tent at Body&Soul is a glimmering addition to the already outstanding festival line-up that will entertain the masses in the beautiful surroundings of Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from 17th – 19th June.
The Vodafone Comedy Tent at Body&Soul is a glimmering addition to the already outstanding festival line-up that will entertain the masses in the beautiful surroundings of Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from 17th – 19th June.

Despite her success on the small screen, the Dubliner insisted stand-up will always be her first love.

"They're totally different. I probably prefer stand-up, I can be more myself," she said.

Joanne is currently gearing up to perform at this year's Vodafone Comedy Tent at the brilliant Body&Soul Festival which takes place at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath from June 17-19.

She'll join fellow comedians Colm O'Regan, Andrew Stanley, Damien Clarke, Al Porter, Christ Kent, Tara Flynn, Fred Cooke, Joe Rooney, Rob Broderick AKA Abandoman, Edwin Sammon, Eleanor Tierney, Niamh Marron and more.

After years on the comedy circuit, the 31-year-old has only been the victim of hecklers "once" and ended up buying the man a drink.

"I was performing and I was telling a story and then this guy just said really loudly 'anybody want a drink?'" she said.

"I actually laughed at that because he was clearly just so bored. I ended up buying the drink for him as well."

Fortunately, she made sure she was well prepared for the inevitable flop gig in every comedian's career.

"I've only ever really bombed at stand-up once and by the time it happened I was so prepared for it, I really felt like I was earning my stripes," she said.

"It was at a stag party and just about every joke failed. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't, but it is not the end of the world."

Killiney native Joanne, who created a stand-up show about being adopted, admitted that she's learned how to "read the audience" so it does not happen again.

For full details of the Body&Soul Music & Arts Festival Line-up and programme information visit via bodyandsoul.ie and festival tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

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