157 episodes

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

PODAROONEY HeadStuff Podcasts

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

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

    Christy Dignam

    Christy Dignam

    I'd heard of Aslan when I was in the band Guernica but didn't know their music and probably didn't want to as they were just another competitor. That's the way it is when you are in a band. When I first heard the song "This Is". I loved the melody and to this day I love this song. There's a line in the song "Everybody hits you with this feeling" which from what I know of Christy encapsulates him. People who experience trauma as a child either close up and protect themselves or become very sensitive. I think Christy was the latter. I think he could feel other people's trauma and became a voice for those who were suffering. That's a hard burden to carry and eventually it took its toll. 
    In March 2017 Christy invited me into his house to talk on Podarooney. He was witty, warm and refreshingly honest. He could see a bullshitter a mile away and wasn't afraid to be upfront about it. That's not very common in show business where everyone is afraid to offend the gatekeepers. Maybe being aware of your mortality makes you open and honest but I think that was just Christy. 
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 158 - The Wild Geeze

    Episode 158 - The Wild Geeze

    The Wild Geeze is made up of Miss Lavelle and Breda from the Queer Cabaret. The duo met a year and a half ago. Miss Lavelle was running Limerick’s first monthly cabaret show ‘Chez Le Cabaret’ in the artistic Chez Le Fab, Arthur’s Quay.

    Breda being a comedian, did not hesitate to message and ask to be a part of a Limerick cabaret. Breda performed at the September show and brought the house down. Their on-stage banter and appreciation of giant vagina puppets was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 157 - AKA

    Episode 157 - AKA

    Aka is an Irish cosplay performer, adventure seeker, digital creator and vocaloid dancer. She has performed at cosplay events all over Europe. She has a very popular Instagram on which she cosplays characters from anime and vocaloids in videos and stills and goes to extraordinary lengths to get inside the heads of these characters. You will find her on Instagram at @akadinosan
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    • 32 min
    Episode 156 - Sahar Ali

    Episode 156 - Sahar Ali

    Sahar Ali is a comedian, spoken word performer and blogger who grew up in Ireland and is currently living and working in Dubai. Her blog Saharcasm became her first solo show which she performed in the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2017 intertwining spoken word poetry, comedy, and music in an hour long show that looked at the cross cultural relations in Ireland. Sahar currently performs on the comedy/spoken word circuit in Dubai.



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    • 25 min
    Episode 155 - Karl MacDermott

    Episode 155 - Karl MacDermott

    Karl MacDermott was amongst the new breed of stand-up comedians in the Ireland of that era.


    In 1988 he helped co-found The Comedy Cellar at The International Bar in Dublin with Barry Murphy, Ardal O’Hanlon and Kevin Gildea. 


    After appearing in his own one - man comedy show Memoirs of a Midget at The Peacock Theatre in 1989 and he had successful runs at The Gilded Balloon in The Edinburgh Fringes from 1991-93 with shows like An Afternoon With Klaus Barbie's Pen-pal and Stand-Up Stories. In September 2021, his new humour fiction novel 58% Cabbage, about a sit-down nobody who tries stand-up comedy, was published by Black Spring Press Group. 
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    • 44 min
    Episode 154 - Barbara Taylor

    Episode 154 - Barbara Taylor

    Barbara Taylor has a compassionate, holistic approach to fitness based on cultivating self love, not self deprivation. 

    At 49 Barbara has spent 32 years body building. She studied ballet from 14 years, competitive Gymnastics from 7 yrs and started weight lifting at 18. 

    She is an avid Mountain hiker in Ireland, has completed numerous Camino's in Spain & Portugal and walked camino solo many times. She is a qualified Pilates Instructor, PT and Massage Therapist.

    Her own inner healing journey from Trauma, Abuse and Violence has led her to want to help people deal with their own generational/family trauma or shame. 

    She survived an eating disorder, alcohol misuse, self destructive patterns and raising a daughter solo to really look at how her family/societal conditioning drove her negative beliefs about herself into adulthood.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

JR-84 ,

By far the best Joe in the Podcast game!

If you spend 5 minutes listening to Joe you can tell he’s a really nice and thoughtful person. I always enjoy the beginning where he always has funny and thoughtful insights into life. A lot of relatable stuff. You never know who’s gonna come on his podcast and the variety in his guests is a testament to his genuine interest in people. Some man Joe!

Tony66666689 ,

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It’s a great listen, really engaging interviews and enjoyable chats

CB Tramore ,

Great listen

Keep the podcasts coming Joe. They are great.

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