Ireland’s ‘Queen of Comedy’ Joanne McNally says she ‘fell into’ comedy by accident.
The 39-year-old native of Killiney, in south County Dublin, and a former co-host of RTE’s The Republic of Telly, said she decided to break into stand-up comedy after spending seven years studying art at college would have .
“I was a total floater,” she told Ryan Tubridy on Friday’s Late Late Show on RTE.
“It happened by accident.”
She said she was 33 when she performed her first stand-up comedy routine and was still living with her mother when she was 35, who she said inspired her career choice ” embarrassed” felt.
“I got into comedy quite by accident,” she said.
After a successful streak of 63 performances on Dublin’s Vicar Street to a mostly female crowd and two sold-out shows at Dublin’s Three Arena the next year for her hugely successful podcast My Therapist Ghosted Me alongside Vogue Williams, she said she was happy with how things turned out.
“There’s definitely a huge group of women who aren’t being served,” she said of comedy that appeals to women.
“I think there’s an honesty that’s a fluke. It feels almost tribal,” she said.
She added that her audiences are there for a fun evening at the shows on Vicar Street, which are treated to a glass of Prosecco.
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“It’s definitely a bachelorette party vibe,” she said. “They are outside.”
As for her podcast, she said she’s surprised by its success, which she attributes to her “chemistry” with Vogue.
“We were just so lucky,” she said.
“We didn’t work hard. I’m not going to lie, we just got lucky, we have really good chemistry,” she said, adding that she was honored to be named as one of several godmothers to Vogue’s baby Otto, although she joked that it was about nine more godmothers for the baby in front of her.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/i-was-an-absolute-floater-joanne-mcnally-says-she-fell-into-comedy-by-accident-42050403.html “I was a total floater” — Joanne McNally says she “fell into” comedy by accident.