Thursday 19 April 2018

'I have no plans to meet my birth father' - Republic of Telly's Joanne McNally

Comedian Joanne McNally.
Comedian Joanne McNally.

Eimear Rabbitt

Republic of Telly star Joanne McNally has revealed that she finally got in touch with her biological father, but has no plans to meet him.

The Dublin comedian has spoken in the past about her search for her birth parents and made light of it in comedy show, Separated at Birth.

After initially believing that her biological father was deliberately not responding to her emails, Joanne told the Herald that her communication attempts were just lost in translation.

The 32-year-old co-wrote the comedy show Separated at Birth with comedian PJ Gallagher

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

"My biological father got in touch because I contacted him a year ago but he never wrote back," she said. "It turns out my emails had just gone into the wrong inbox. I wrote a show saying he was a w***ker, so I felt bad about it then."

Joanne found her birth mother, who gave her up at the age of 21, over a year ago. She has yet to meet her biological father, but they are Facebook friends.

However, Joanne said that discovering the identity of her birth parents wasn't the "big reveal" she thought it would be.

"When I was growing up I thought it was the biggest thing ever. I thought that when I found them it would just be my head on different bodies. But they're nothing like me, so it wasn't the big reveal that I thought it was going to be."

Joanne's biological father lives in Melbourne, Australia, and while there were suggestions of her doing a documentary about meeting him Down Under, she said she is not as driven to get to know her birth parents as she once was.

"I have kind of lost the urgency about it now. They are just normal people. They are not going to be able to tell me what to do with my career," she added with a laugh.

Joanne launched herself into the comedy world last year after quitting her job in PR, and landed a role as the latest funny woman on Republic of Telly.

The straight-talking Dubliner has settled into her role on the show. This week she filmed a parody sketch of the RTE-run interview with convicted drug mule Michaella McCollum.

"It's great craic and it's great to learn how to write sketches," she told the Herald.

Joanne is taking part in RTE2's Generation What online survey, a joint effort by the European Broadcasting Union to try to get a better picture of the habits and mindsets of 18- to 34-year-olds in Europe.


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