When you tell people that you do standup comedy the most common reaction is “Oh my God, I could never do that”. Truth be told, I used to think that too…but I did it anyway. Why? As a comedy writer, I felt that the best way to figure out if my writing was funny or not was to stand in front of a bunch of total strangers and see what happened. And as I always say “What could possibly go wrong?” Well, a lot could go wrong but we won’t let that slow us down now, will we?

I made my comedy debut in one of my favourite comedy clubs Hysteria Comedy in the basement of Sin é on Ormond Quay in Dublin. Apart from anything Hysteria Comedy is a fantastic comedy club but the clincher for me is because it’s cosy, inclusive and very supportive of debut acts. I chose well. Getting to write my name on the wall was a badge of honour (it’s not graffiti, I promise). I laughed, the audience laughed and not a word of a lie, I was buzzing for about two days afterward. Is that normal?

When that eventually wore off another question posed itself. Would I do it again? Well, that’s a whole other story. Check out what happened in Whelans, Wexford St in June 2023.