Wednesday 19 June 2019

'Ridiculous' insurance demands no laughing matter for comedians

 

Surprised: Joe Rooney says demands are getting a bit much. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Surprised: Joe Rooney says demands are getting a bit much. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

A comedian has hit out at Ireland's "ridiculous" compo culture that has seen quotes for his public liability insurance soaring up to €450.

Joe Rooney, who played Fr Damo in 'Father Ted', has said it was now common for venues to demand that comedians and performers have individual insurance.

He said it was making it more difficult for comedians to keep performing as an increasing number of theatres were asking them to provide their own insurance.

He said that what's baffling was he didn't need it to perform in pubs and bars, where people drank alcohol.

"I'm doing stand-up comedy now for 30 years but I've noticed this new insurance demand has come in more and more over the past year," he said. "When I asked one theatre why they needed it, they said it was in case an audience member came on stage during my performance and tripped.

"It's weird because I'm just standing there talking. I'm not sword-swallowing or fire-eating or doing acrobats. It's all a bit much."

Irish Independent

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