118 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

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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 118 - Mike Gunn

    Episode 118 - Mike Gunn

    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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 117 - Jo Caulfield

    Episode 117 - Jo Caulfield

    In 2010, Jo Caulfield was nominated as 'Funniest Woman 2010' (LAFTA Awards). She has previously been nominated as 'Best Female Comedian 2002' (Chortle Awards (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chortle_Awards) ), 'Best Compere 2004' (Chortle Awards) and one of 'The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups' (Channel 4 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puppetry_of_the_Penis) and Rory Bremner (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rory_Bremner) . For the last nine years, Caulfield has taken a new solo comedy show to the Edinburgh Fringe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Fringe) .
    Caulfield was Comedy Writer/Programme Consultant for all five series of the BAFTA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAFTA) Award-winning So Graham Norton (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Graham_Norton) . She was also head writer on both Ruby Wax (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Wax) 's Waiting Game and Zoe Ball's 'Strictly Dance Fever' (BBC3). Caulfield has also written for Joan Rivers, Anne Robinson, Denise Van Outen and Ant & Dec among others.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 116 - Ellen O'Reilly

    Episode 116 - Ellen O'Reilly

    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 such as a cancer scare and the break up of a longterm relationship.

    • 50 min
    Episode 115 - Owen Colgan

    Episode 115 - Owen Colgan

    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.

    • 42 min
    Episode 114 - Al Foran

    Episode 114 - Al Foran

    With a Facebook following of over 310,000, regular appearances on RTEs funny Friday, various TV & Radio appearances and his contributions to JOE.IE (http://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.

    • 57 min
    Episode 113 - Francis Cronin

    Episode 113 - Francis Cronin

    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. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Cronin#cite_note-2)
    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 about to do the same back here in Ireland by walking from Galway to Dublin starting on December 19th. 

    • 51 min

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