Wednesday 20 June 2018

'You can get on with him and you can be shocked with what he said' - Comedian Alison Spittle on George Hook

George Hook and Alison Spittle on The 7 O'Clock Show on TV3
George Hook and Alison Spittle on The 7 O'Clock Show on TV3

Sean O'Grady

Comedian Alison Spittle says she is still fond of George Hook, despite not agreeing with his controversial comments on rape.

The ex-Newstalk presenter will be making a cameo appearance in Spittle's new six-part RTE2 comedy series Nowhere Fast, which airs its first episode on Monday.

Spittle (28) admitted she was shocked by Hook's comments on Newstalk on September 8, when he discussed the case of a woman who alleged she was raped by a former member of the British swim team.

"Is there no blame to the person who puts themselves in danger?" he asked on air.

His comments were met with swift condemnation from the public and a number of complaints were made to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

"If he wasn't doing a cameo, I wouldn't have to give an opinion on it. I got on with him but I don't agree with what he said. You can get on with him and you can be shocked with what he said," Spittle told the Herald.

Nowhere Fast starring Alison Spittle starts on RTE 2 on Monday at 10pm
Nowhere Fast starring Alison Spittle starts on RTE 2 on Monday at 10pm

Nowhere Fast follows a young woman named Angela (Spittle), who moves back in with her parents in the midlands after she is sacked from her radio job in Dublin.

"The producer saw me doing some stand-up and suggested I should try and write a sitcom," Spittle said.

"It's kind of based on my nightmares. I've never got the sack from a radio station but I went to college and I was told all the time that people got the sack for speaking out of turn on the radio."

Spittle, from Westmeath, took the inspiration from her own experience of having to move back in with her parents several years ago.

"I hope people find it funny, that would be the big thing," she said.

"I know a lot of people who moved back to their parents' houses because of the way the rents have gone.

"I had to move home from Dublin for a few years and that was hard. I quite liked Dublin and all my friends were there. I had to rebuild my life, which was annoying."

The TV star will be performing her stand-up act at Dublin's Vicar Street on January 13, with tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.ie.

"Stand-up is the best thing ever. The first time I did it, I got this massive high. I've been chasing that for the last seven years," she said.

Having been performing for the best part of a decade, Spittle has dealt with her fair share of hecklers. However, she insisted it doesn't happen as often as people tend to think but, when it does, she can handle it.

"I got heckled at Forbidden Fruit and I got the crowd to chant at him until he left. I can't say the word, it can't be printed," she said.

"I deal with it OK. That's not a challenge for anyone to start heckling me now."

The actress explained the way she deals with hecklers depends on how rude they are.

"I got heckled by an older couple last week when they kept asking me to put the microphone up to my mouth because they couldn't hear me. You deal with those people in a nicer way," she said.

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