Friday 26 August 2016

Irish actress Deirdre O'Kane drops the 'stand-up comedian' title

Published 11/11/2013 | 11:09

Deirdre O'Kane said she is going to concentrate on being an actress Photo: Mark Condren
Deirdre O'Kane said she is going to concentrate on being an actress Photo: Mark Condren
Deirdre O'Kane with David Rawle, Chris O'Dowd and Amy Huberman arriving in Kilkenny for the screening of the second series of Sky 1HD's Moone Boy.

Irish stand-up comedian and actress Deirdre O’Kane has decided it’s time to drop one half of the job description.

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The Louth woman has said she is going to concentrate on being an actress and leave the stand-up comedy behind.

“I don’t want to give [stand-up comedy] one hundred per cent of my time,” she told RTÉ Radio One John Murray this morning.

O’Kane explained that stand-up isn’t something you can do by halves.

“Ultimately I just decided stand-up comedy is a huge commitment and if you want to be the best you have to give it one hundred per cent,” she said.

“I don’t like doing things by halves and I realised you can’t do stand-up comedy part-time.

O’Kane explained that stand-up isn’t something you can do by halves.
O’Kane explained that stand-up isn’t something you can do by halves.

“It’s in my bones, I knew I really wanted to be acting.”

The actress, who is currently starring in her director husband Stephen Bradley’s latest production, said stand-up comedy is ‘quite solitary’.

 “From that point of view, you perform alone, you write it alone, you come off the stage by yourself and deal with your head, it’s just a lot of time by yourself,” she said.

“I think I just felt, ‘you know, I’m going to go back and be an actress again for a while’.”

O’Kane is now living in London with her award-winning writer, director and producer husband Bradley and their children.

She is starring in her husband’s latest feature film ‘Christina Noble’ as the protagonist Noble, a humanitarian worker.

 “We’re both in the business of show as they say,” O’Kane said, “and I thought if people want me in Ireland they know who I am now and they can ask me, but if I want to broaden my horizons, I need to be in London.”

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