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Cheeky Dubs slag their way into grand final of RTE's comedy show


Pic: Suzanne Thompson, Circus Photography

Pic: Suzanne Thompson, Circus Photography

Pic: Suzanne Thompson, Circus Photography

DUBLIN wit has spawned books and websites the world over.

So it comes as no surprise that five Dubliners have made their way into the grand finals of RTE 2's hit show The New Comedy Awards.

And according to Swords native and finalist Andrea Farrell, it is our lack of charm that makes us such good craic.

"People from Dublin are cheeky," the 24-year-old said.

"Everyone else in the country is a lot more charming then Dubliners – a lot more.

"We don't have the charm but we do have that cheeky edge, so I think that's why there are so many of us in the final," she says.

Fellow finalist Trevor Browne, from North Strand, agrees: "Dublin people are very sarcastic. I think that helped us. We have that whole positive negativity going on. And we slag each other a lot."

Andrea says taking part in the show was surreal.

"The best part was performing, but the worst part was definitely doing rehearsals," she says.

"That was an awful part, because you're performing to the sound and camera crew, and they're not the most receptive audience.

"You'd be telling what were meant to be hilarious jokes and there were just these lads laying down cables. So that wasn't great," she said.

"You'd get really, really nervous, but when the audience come in the nerves turn into adrenaline."

Andrea started her stand-up career two years ago after friends persuaded her to take to the stage.

"I always loved watching comedy shows and I was always slagging my teachers from the back of the classroom. Then my friends convinced me to give it a go. I'm completely addicted now," she said.

"My style of comedy is very dry and droll: basically I just talk about all the times I've embarrassed myself. And that goes down pretty well."

The show is hosted by funnyman Bernard O'Shea and Jennifer Maguire.

Bernard is a regular on the stand-up scene, but Jennifer is unsure if she has the thick skin required to take to the stage.

"I think it would be terrifying. It's just you on stage on your own. Imagine if I bombed on stage," she says, wide-eyed.

"I would die. I would actually die. I would scream.

"I pretend I'm tough and great with rejection, but I'm not. Not at all."