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'I hit my peak at midnight' - comedian Eleanor Tiernan


Eleanor Tiernan

Eleanor Tiernan

Eleanor Tiernan

Eleanor Tiernan


Eleanor Tiernan

Being a stand-up comedian doesn't lend itself to the healthiest lifestyle. But there are some perks, says Eleanor Tiernan, such as bringing a healthy sense of irony to yoga.

Do you consider yourself to have a healthy lifestyle?

Certainly. I am a stand up comedian who lies in bed for half the day, eats out of petrol stations (apple lattice mmmm) and hits her energy peak at about midnight. What's not healthy about that?

Do you exercise regularly? If so, what do you do?

Yes, especially on days where I am gigging. I have to pull a big clunky microphone out of a tight clamp on top of a stand and hold it at my mouth often for periods of up to an hour. My forearm muscles are very well-defined because of it.

Do you do it willingly or begrudgingly?

I exercise ironically. Every time I do yoga, my downward facing dog is done with an appreciation of the absurdity of humans trying to imitate animals.

What time do you go to bed?

Depends how late the residents' bar stays open.

What time do you get up in the morning?

Five minutes before check out, whenever that is.

What do you have for breakfast?

Porridge with honey and banana and a coffee. Orange juice when I can afford it.


I have dinner for lunch.


I have lunch for dinner.

Do you take any supplements?

I stole the culture section out of a Sunday Times in Spar before. Nearly got caught too as I had to tear open the plastic.

How much water do you drink?

I'm reluctant to say given the imminent payment system. Don't want to get stung for drinking too much.

Do you have a skincare routine?

Yes. I look at my face in the mirror and if I don't see mould then we are good to go.

Any allergies?

I am completely allergic to spiders and snakes' venom; all kinds of poison in fact. I have to be very careful that I don't ingest any of it or I might die.

Any vices?

Love the smell of tar. Summer time's my favourite because that's when the county council do all their roadworks.

If I could change one thing about my lifestyle it would be...

I'd totally exfoliate more. Or less. What was the question again?

Eleanor Tiernan's National Therapy Project runs at the Liberty Hall Social Hall as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe, September 16-20, 6:30pm and September 20, 3:30pm. www.fringefest.com.

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