Tuesday 20 February 2018

'There's no sexism in Irish comedy'- Republic of Telly star Joanne McNally

Comedian Joanne McNally.
Comedian Joanne McNally.

Sean O'Grady

The world of comedy is often labelled as a 'boys' club', but TV star Joanne McNally has insisted that is not the case.

While many famous ladies have lamented being paid less than their male co-stars or being on the receiving end of sexism, Killiney native Joanne admitted she has had it easy by comparison.

"I really have not noticed any sexism in the comedy world," she told the Herald.

The Republic of Telly star pointed out that she does not think it is a good idea for female comedians to look at things from just a woman's perspective, and believes the key to success is to have a completely gender-neutral outlook.

"I don't think it is good to look at yourself as a woman comic," she said.

"You're only looking at half your audience. I am not a male comic, I am not a female comic - I am androgynous."

While she may be one of the biggest names on the Irish comedy scene, thanks to her role in the long-running RTE sketch show, Joanne is one of only a handful of women on the Irish comedy scene.

The stand-up star admitted she is unsure why more women are not drawn to a career in telling jokes, but she knows they have talent in bucket loads.

"To be honest, I am not sure why more women are not drawn to comedy - maybe it's because they are more self-aware than men," she joked. "It's definitely not because they are not funny."

Joanne replaced Jennifer Maguire (left) on the hit RTE show last year.


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