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Thursday 19 September 2019

'I'm going to London to try my luck like Graham Norton and Dara O'Briain', says comic Joanne

Joanne McNally
Joanne McNally

Nick Bramhill

COMEDIAN Joanne McNally has revealed she's moving to London - in a bid to follow in the successful footsteps of expat Irish A-listers such as Dara O Briain and Graham Norton.

The Dublin-born comic was widely praised for tackling the taboo topic of women who don't want children in her debut TV documentary last week.

However, the 34-year-old's future in Irish broadcasting could be short-lived, as her immediate focus is on moving to London and capitalising on the opportunities there for stand-ups.

She has already signed up with Off The Kerb Productions, a London-based agency specialising in comedy acts, which has a number of Irish performers on its books, including O Briain, Deirdre O'Kane and Neil Delamare, as well as British A-listers Jonathan Ross and Michael McIntyre.

Speaking on TV3's The Six O'Clock Show of her future career plans, the Killiney woman said that not having children had given her the freedom to be able to make the move across the water.

"I would love it if I didn't have to choose between Ireland and the UK, but I feel like I kind of do," she said.

"You have to have momentum somewhere. You can't have momentum in both countries, unfortunately.

"I'd say I probably will move. Not because I want to, though I'm sure I'll enjoy London. It's no massive sacrifice.

"There's way more opportunities over there for stand-ups. It's the way it goes."

After quitting her full-time PR job in 2014 to try to make it in the competitive world of stand-up, the funnywoman hasn't been afraid to reflect wryly on her own real-life experiences in her stage routines, including being adopted and her recent battle with bulimia.

In her recent soul-searching TV3 documentary, Baby Hater, she once again pushed the boundaries by tackling the sensitive issue of women - including herself - who don't want children.

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