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Sile going back to her roots on TG4

SILE Seoige is going back to her roots with a new show on TG4.

The 34-year-old will be taking centre-stage on a reality programme called GIG that sees fluent Irish-speakers trying to be stand-up comedians.

And she reckons language won't be a barrier when it comes to getting the belly-laughs.

"I feel really excited for our contestants," she said.

"At the end of the day it's their show, but it's sprinkled with comedians – we have Pat Shortt, Kevin Kildea, Jason Byrne and David McSavage (inset below). It's interesting it hasn't been done before."

Seoige has an eclectic resume, having worked on TV and radio projects including Coisceim, Seachtain and Pobal.

But she's best known for joining forces with her sister Grainne on afternoon chatshow Seoige in 2008. She recently hit the headlines for posting a no make-up selfie as she joined thousands of women who helped raise €1m for the Irish Cancer Society.

Given that she battled thyroid cancer herself, she had a personal incentive for getting involved, but was taken aback by some of the negative comments.

"There are people saying it's nonsense," she told TV3's Late Lunch Live. "I think the positive outweighs any negative."

GIG is on TG4 tonight at 9.30pm.