Thursday 23 November 2017

'There are so many young, talented presenters in Ireland chomping for work' - Joanne McNally on dearth of TV gigs

Joanne McNally at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Joanne McNally at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sean O'Grady

Comedian Joanne McNally has admitted there is not enough work on Irish TV and relies on stand-up to keep her going.

The Dubliner, who burst on to the scene on RTE sketch show Republic Of Telly, now works as a stand-up comic, supporting PJ Gallagher on his D**khead tour.

"I'm lucky because the stand-up keeps me busy and I've been travelling a lot with it recently," she said.

"If I was relying on TV, it would be tough. There aren't as many opportunities here as there are in the UK. That's just the reality. It's tough going."

With so few TV gigs, Joanne said most of Ireland's presenters are fighting for the same jobs.

"There are so many young, talented presenters in Ireland chomping for work, I'm lucky to get a look in."

Joanne is performing at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival in Galway from October 24-30.

Tickets are on sale at vodafonecomedycarnival.com.

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