Joe Rooney talks to friends and acquaintances that hes met and worked with over twenty years in the entertainment industry; some old friends or foes that hes worked with on and off over the years and some recent acquaintances that he has met on the road, on the set of some TV show or in a festival club bar and has cajoled or blackmailed into chatting on the mic for an hour or so. @joerooney1


  • Episode 126 - Erika Ehler

    Episode 126 - Erika Ehler

    14/10/2020 Duração: 40min

    Erika’s razor-sharp, dark and visceral writing paired with precise delivery makes her one of the most exciting young comedians on the circuit. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Erika now lives in the UK after completing the Comedy Writing and Performance Program at Salford University. In 2019, she was crowned winner of the Chortle Student Comedy Award, was the recipient of the Mike Craig Comedy Award, and the Hot Water Roast Battle Champion. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Latitude Festival, and the Toronto Sketch Festival. Erika has recently written for the upcoming fourth series of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle.

  • Episode 125 - Eryn Tett

    Episode 125 - Eryn Tett

    02/10/2020 Duração: 39min

    Eryn Tett is a comedian, writer and actor. Born and raised in Singapore to English parents, she moved to Southampton to get a degree in comedy writing and performance, followed by completing the American Comedy Institute one year programme in New York. As a stand up Comedian she has regularly performed to crowds at Gotham Comedy Club and Eastville in New York and on the UK circuit. She also has improv and sketch acting experience has written, filmed and edited sketches and webisodes which can be found on her YouTube channel.

  • Episode 124 - Ola Labib

    Episode 124 - Ola Labib

    24/08/2020 Duração: 42min

    The Sudanese diaspora has been instrumental in achieving a successful Sudanese revolution. One of the most active communities has been the British-Sudanese community. And you cannot talk about the British-Sudanese community without talking about Ola Labib. Labib is a 30-year-old clinical pharmacist by day and a stand-up comedian by night based in the UK. ‘Comedian. Black, female, Muslim aka a walking hate crime,’ says the biography of Labib on social media, highlighting how her identity plays a significant role on who she is and what she does.  

  • Episode 123 - Charlie George

    Episode 123 - Charlie George

    12/08/2020 Duração: 40min

    On this week's episode of PODAROONEY Joe chats to Charlie George. LGBTQ New Comedian of the Year 2019.  So You Think You’re Funny & Funny Women Awards runner up 2019 & Leicester Square New Comedian Award & Pride’s Got Talent finalist 2018. A former circus performer and dancer, Charlie George started doing stand-up in 2018, and since then, has fast become one of the UK circuit’s most exciting new talents. Hailed as “Hilarious” & “Lights up a room,” Charlie has also performed stand-up on BBC Asian Network Live and the BBC’s No Country for Young Women Podcast. (

  • Episode 122 - Katie Pritchard

    Episode 122 - Katie Pritchard

    03/08/2020 Duração: 37min

    This week on PODAROONEY Joe chats to Katie Pritchard. Katie Pritchard is an award winning comedian, West End & TV actor, musician, writer and artist. She plays guitar with the award winning all-girl Rock n' Roll band The Daisy Chains, has been on Harry Hills Clubnite TV show and has a podcast  with Katharine Kerr called "The Farce and the Spurious" . She also runs her own comedy night "My Mates' Jokes Bring All The Folks To The Yard" . Check her out at (  

  • Episode 121 - Julie Jay

    Episode 121 - Julie Jay

    17/07/2020 Duração: 46min

    Julie Jay is a comedian who has been taking the Irish comedy scene by storm, supporting the likes of Neil Delamere, Alison Spittle, Des Bishop, Flo and Joan and most recently been resident support act for Tommy Tiernan on his Paddy Crazy Horse Tour. She has performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Electric Picnic, Altogether Now, Vodafone Comedy Festival and on BBC Radio. She MCed the 2019 season of the much acclaimed Tommy Tiernan Show and hosts the ‘Up to 90’ podcast with her comedy wife Emma Doran. ‘The funniest thing I’ve seen for a long, long time’ - Tommy Tiernan

  • Episode 120 - FiCat

    Episode 120 - FiCat

    08/07/2020 Duração: 37min

    Hailing from her native Dublin, FiCat's musical creativity has taken her on an amazing journey. Recording in Nashville in 2011 allowed her to showcase her ability to infuse storytelling with succinct melodies. This ability led her to become lead singer of Irish pop outfit ‘Toy Soldier’, earning acclaim for her "soaring yet delicate" voice (GoldenPlec).   FiCat also wrote top-line melodies for an international advertising agency. Her catchy jingles can be heard in advertisements for some of the worlds leading brands such as Coca-Cola, Toyota and Pantene.  This exciting life journey from Nashville to Berlin and back to Dublin has given FiCat the inspiration to launch her brand new electro/melodic sound. FiCat has paired up with Irish based producer Diffly on her new single.    ‘All My Love’ is a summer-drenched anthem that instantly evokes memories of your favourite music festival or that beach holiday we are all missing.  With more infectious tracks up her sleeve, 2020 looks likely to be a big year for F

  • Episode 119 - Mark Maier

    Episode 119 - Mark Maier

    29/05/2020 Duração: 50min

    Talented award-winning writer and stand-up, Mark Maier, is an established and highly sought after performer on both the national and international comedy circuits. Mark Maier has appeared in Harry Hill The Movie and in various cameo roles in the series Harry Hill’s TEA-TIME Amongst his many credits, Mark has taught and performed improvisation with Catherine Tate in London and has had a string of successful radio series, in which he was both writer and performer. Awards * 3 London International Advertising Awards ’96 (radio writing – humour) * 2 London International Advertising Awards ’96 (radio writing – utilities) * Aerial Award (radio writing) ‘96 * Radio Writing and Television Award – Hollywood International Broadcast Award ’97 (radio writing) * Jewish performer of the year

  • Episode 118 - Mike Gunn

    Episode 118 - Mike Gunn

    15/05/2020 Duração: 01h06min

    Mike Gunn (born 1964) is a British stand-up comedian, presenter, actor, writer, and voiceover artiste. He is most notable for his performance on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and for appearing in nine episodes of Al Murray's Time Gentlemen Please.  In the late 1980s he attended Clouds House, a 12-step drug treatment centre for his heroin addiction, and has been drug-free ever since. It was during his rehabilitation that Mike took up stand-up comedy, performing his first gig at Jacksons Lane Community Centre, North London, in 1995. Mike spent four years educating young children about drugs by working on the 2Smart4Drugs roadshow which was funded by Essex police. Gunn has been a contributor for The Guardian, and has also written for Time Out, The List, The 11 O'Clock Show (CH4) and even Match of The Day Magazine.

  • Episode 117 - Jo Caulfield

    Episode 117 - Jo Caulfield

    30/04/2020 Duração: 01h12min

    In 2010, Jo Caulfield was nominated as 'Funniest Woman 2010' (LAFTA Awards). She has previously been nominated as 'Best Female Comedian 2002' (Chortle Awards ( ), 'Best Compere 2004' (Chortle Awards) and one of 'The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups' (Channel 4 ( ). She has appeared at major comedy clubs, both in the UK and overseas, and has completed two solo nationwide tours, and a further three as support act of Graham Norton, Puppetry of the Penis ( and Rory Bremner ( . For the last nine years, Caulfield has taken a new solo comedy show to the Edinburgh Fringe ( . Caulfield was Comedy Writer/Programme Consultant for all five series of the BAFTA ( Award-winning So Graham Norton ( . She was also head writer on bot

  • Episode 116 - Ellen OReilly

    Episode 116 - Ellen O'Reilly

    23/04/2020 Duração: 50min

    On this week's PODAROONEY, Joe chats to Ellen O'Reilly.  Since the day she switched from guitar to bass aged 17, Ellen O’Reilly has been one of the busiest bassists around. Combined with a powerful lead vocal, this has made her a go-to musician for live, recording and TV work alike. Hailing from Drogheda on Irelands east coast, Ellen had built up an impressive CV in her native country, appearing on Irish TV shows like Class Act and Podge and Rodge, playing with numerous Irish artists, and gaining extensive live performance experience. Having been initially self-taught, Ellen decided to take her playing to the next level and won the prestigious Ernieball/Musicman Bass Scholarship to study at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in 2011. She then went on to win the “Best Bassist” award and leave with an Honours Degree in Popular Music Performance. Ellen is now performing as a stand up comedian on a regular basis on the London circuit and is using comedy to deal with some major recent life changes suc

  • Episode 115 - Owen Colgan

    Episode 115 - Owen Colgan

    07/04/2020 Duração: 42min

    Owen Colgan, Irish cult comedy hero is best known for his role as Buzz McDonnell from Hardy Bucks. Hardy Bucks has seen Owen star in 4 hit seasons aired on Ireland's national broadcaster RTE and the Hardy Bucks hit movie which media coined 'the Irish Hangover' and was produced by the mammoth Universal Studios.

  • Episode 114 - Al Foran

    Episode 114 - Al Foran

    30/03/2020 Duração: 57min

    With a Facebook following of over 310,000, regular appearances on RTEs funny Friday, various TV & Radio appearances and his contributions to JOE.IE ( , Uni-Lad & LadBible videos Als star is rising by the day. Al is an impressionist & mimic of extraordinary talent and has over a hundred separate voices in his arsenal of comedic impressions, but his stand-outs are Conor McGregor, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Mike Tyson, Eddie Murphy, Donald Trump, Roy Keane, Jose Mourinho, Eamon Dunphy and many others who he weaves into situations that stand out for their hilarity and just good laugh out loud fun.

  • Episode 113 - Francis Cronin

    Episode 113 - Francis Cronin

    11/12/2019 Duração: 51min

    In 2005 Francis Cronin served with the United Nations on the UNMIL peace enforcing mission in Liberia and on his return began an Irish Army cadetship as part of the 82nd Cadet class and received a presidential commission in 2007 'Winning the tactical sword for leadership'. He retired a lieutenant in 2008. ( While serving in the Irish Defense Forces he began a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychological studies and Spanish at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  After living his entire final year of university in a tent Francis performed a one man show Tent Boy While living in the tent Francis achieved national acclaim for his video series documenting his adventures on his YouTube channel Glowpunk. He began performing standup comedy in 2013 and has since performed with Emmy Award winning Saturday Night Live alumnus Dana Carvey and Christopher Titus.  He recently walked from San Francisco to LA to raise money and awareness for homeless people. He is

  • Episode 112 - Matthew Dunehoo

    Episode 112 - Matthew Dunehoo

    04/11/2019 Duração: 01h03min

    Matthew Dunehoo is an actor and director, known for No Margrettes (2015), The Vetting(2017) and Wretch (2019). As creator and leader of the band Doris Henson, he shaped one of KC’s most celebrated rock groups. Doris skirted the brink of national recognition. Before its demise in October 2006, the band opened for Billy Corgan on tour; released its second album, Give Me All Your Money and even got shout outs from Pitchforkmedia and Spin. He then moved to New York and formed the band Baby Teardrops releasing the album “X Is For Love” . He moved back to Kansas City and formed current band The Slights. The film Wretch written and directed by Mathew was shot in KC in May 2018. It has been accepted at the Horror Hound Festival in Indianapolis, The Night Visions festival in Helsinki and now the Carlow International Film Festival in….Carlow. It will go on general release in 2020. 

  • Episode 111 - Tracy Carroll

    Episode 111 - Tracy Carroll

    25/10/2019 Duração: 48min

    Tracy Carroll's two-year-old daughter Willow has the highest grade of cerebral palsy, is fed through a tube and will be in “nappies for the rest of her life.” The mum of two strongly criticised how the government means tests families who are struggling financially. She outlined to the Minister that she receives a €309 monthly domiciliary care allowance but it’s no sooner in her pocket before it’s spent. Tracy has to travel from Kells to Dublin every week to get Willow to montessori because of a lack of facilities and staff suitable for her needs close by. Tracy gets nine hours of home help per week which she spends dropping her five year old son Noah to school and collecting Willow’s medication. Tracy said: “We should be given a yearly allowance to spend on services that we know would benefit our children. Instead of throwing money at it, they need to talk to parents to see exactly what is needed." “The State are massively failing in every area of healthcare. I have no confidence in the services that are prov

  • Episode 110 - Shazia Mirza

    Episode 110 - Shazia Mirza

    10/10/2019 Duração: 01h09min

    Shazia Mirza was born in Birmingham, England—the eldest daughter of Muslim parents who moved from Pakistan to Birmingham in the 1960s. About a year into her comedy career, after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Mirza performed a routine which began "My name is Shazia Mirza. At least, that's what it says on my pilot's licence". The routine was widely commented upon, and she was profiled as a ground breaking comedian on CBS's 60 Minutes. Shazia has been a columnist for The Guardian since 2008. Her show 'The Kardashians Made Me Do It' premiered at Kilburn's Tricycle Theatre and went on to sell out runs at London's Soho Theatre. The show was a satire on offence and political correctness and was critically well received. It also toured for 103 performances in Europe. Her comedy is said to push barriers and as a comedian she is often referred to as 'brave'. I talked to her straight after she had been to meet members of The Royal Family. 

  • Episode 109 - Mike Farragher

    Episode 109 - Mike Farragher

    04/10/2019 Duração: 01h01min

    Mike Farragher has been a well-known columnist in the Irish American community for the last two decades, covering the Irish and Irish American music scenes for the New York based Irish Voice and He’s written a series of funny essay books about growing up Irish, Catholic, and guilty in the swamps of New Jersey called “This Is Your Brain on Shamrocks.” These books are the backbone of a new series called “McLean Avenue,” an Irish American comedy set in the Manhattan suburbs not far from where Mike grew up.  There’s a priest in this series so I dusted off my collar from the Father Ted Days, flew to Kansas, and joined the crew for a few laughs.  I talked to Mike while he was in Dublin in between business trips and we talked about his books, off-Broadway plays, and the road that led him to the McLean Avenue TV show The series is looking for a home on one of the streaming services at the moment and you can keep after the news of it by liking the “McLean Avenue: the series” page on Facebook.

  • Episode 108 - Brian Byrne

    Episode 108 - Brian Byrne

    24/09/2019 Duração: 54min

    Brian Byrne is a composer, conductor, songwriter, arranger and pianist living in Los Angeles. He is a Golden Globe nominated composer who has won two World Soundtrack Awards and a Satellite Award for his music to the song and score for the movie Albert Nobbs. From huge orchestral scores to minimal ensemble pieces Brian has written music for all genres. He was collaborated with such international luminaries as Barbara Streisand, Liza Minelli, Lisa Stansfield, Bono, Gladys Knight and Pink to name but a few. He composed along with his wife Kasey Jones the stage musical Angel Of Broadway which was premiered recently in the National Concert Hall. 

  • Episode 107 - Allie ORourke

    Episode 107 - Allie O'Rourke

    16/09/2019 Duração: 55min

    Allie O’Rourke has performed nationwide, peddling her brand of Girl Dick Energy, gracing stages such as Whelans and The Comedy Cellar. She is cofounder and 1/4 of The Petty And Heartbroken Comedy Tour, Producer and 1/3 of The Post Performance Pints Podcast and the resident MC of Bounceback Comedy. Allie is a hilarious and eye opening middle finger to a world that doesn’t want trans people to exist.

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