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

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february 2009
Deirdre O'Kane said she is going to concentrate on being an actress Photo: Mark Condren

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

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.

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

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

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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