Joe Rooney talks to friends and acquaintances that he’s met and worked with over twenty years in the entertainment industry; some old friends or foes that he’s 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 129 - Julia Masli
Julia is an Estonian-born theatre artist living in London. Winner of the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality at Edinburgh Fringe 2019. Most recently, her show "Legs" had an extended run at Soho Theatre. Julia's show "We Must Live" with The Pushkinettes was nominated for an Off West End Theatre Award for best production at Voila Europe Fest 2019. She is a frequent performer at New International Encounter, having toured "We Come from Far Far Away" - a show that won the Hedda Award for best performance for young audiences in Norway, and "Spynet" - an interactive performance that toured Cambridgeshire.
Episode 128 - Isa Bonachera
Isa Bonachera started doing comedy during her time at the University of Cambridge, where she was a cartoonist for the satirical magazine The Porter’s Log.
Since she moved to London, she became a member of the Soho Theatre Young Company, and an improv student at the Free Association.
Originally from Spain Isa, now a UK resident, has performed critically acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Festival.
"A distinctively offbeat way of thinking, generating off-kilter punchlines that are hard to see coming” (Chortle).
Episode 127 - Mary O'Connell
This week on PODAROONEY, Joe chats to Mary O'Connell.
Mary O'Connell is a comedian, writer and North London socialite. Her stage presence is dangerously aloof and despite her two degrees she's always been too cool for school. Her left field view makes for hilarious and absurd material. O'Connell was longlisted in the Thousand Films Female Writing Competition.
Episode 126 - Erika Ehler
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
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
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.
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It’s a great listen, really engaging interviews and enjoyable chats
Keep the podcasts coming Joe. They are great.
Insightful and charming chats. Easygoing style which manages to dig deep into the lives of the interviewees. Recommended!