Saturday 21 April 2018

'I want a man who can fix a toilet - not turn it into a pop-up restaurant' - comedian Joanne McNally on how hipsters are 'dead'

Joanne McNally. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Joanne McNally. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Comedian Joanne McNally.

Sean O'Grady

Love is a battlefield and no one knows that better than Republic of Telly's Joanne McNally.

The RTE star (32) is gearing up for a trip to the UK where she will be performing gigs in London and Edinburgh and she's already on the lookout for love online.

Unfortunately the flame-haired comedian has not had much luck yet on her search for a handsome suitor.

"I upgraded my Tinder package to London Tinder so I'm currently operating out of Oxford Street," she told the Diary. "It seems like there was a larger selection over there. There's more choice because there's more of them."

While there might be more men for the picking in London, the online dating world can be a tough place.

"They're very cut-throat. If you don't message them back straight away they unmatch you," she said.

"I messaged one guy first and was like, 'how was your weekend?' and he was just like, 'good thanks' and I was like, 'right'.

"Why bother writing back at all? He was basically just saying 'f**k off'."

However, it hasn't been all bad for Joanne as she has also had plenty of dates thanks to the popular mobile app.

"I've had the craic with lads on Tinder," she said.

"There's been no mad love affairs on it but I've met some really sound guys on it that we met and we were like straight away, 'look, we're not going to fancy each other' but we had a really good time.

"It's more just to keep myself entertained and keep my hands busy."

Although Joanne previously had a fondness for hipster men, she's on the lookout for something a little bit more traditional these days.

"Hipsters are dead. They've gone out. I'm not into hipster lads. I used to be. Now I want a guy where if the toilet was broken he would just fix it and not turn it into a pop-up restaurant and not sell his own kale smoothies out of it. I'd like a manly man."

Joanne is currently busy writing and rehearsing her one woman show Bite Me.

The Dubliner will also be taking to the stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time this year.

"I'm going to be doing a couple of gigs in Edinburgh so I'll be going over for that," she said.

"Mostly it's just writing and rehearsing for my fringe show.

"I've never gigged in Edinburgh before and I hear it's great."

In the meantime, she will be performing alongside some of Ireland's most popular comedians at the Vodafone Comedy Festival.

Comics including Deirdre O'Kane and Des Bishop will be performing at the Iveagh Gardens in the capital from July 28-31.

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