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A light-hearted comedy chat show in which guests who have done fascinating things reflect on their stories and journeys

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    • Society & Culture

A light-hearted comedy chat show in which guests who have done fascinating things reflect on their stories and journeys

    EP 43: Ask Ronna with Jessica Chaffin (Abbys on NBC, Ronna And Beverly)

    EP 43: Ask Ronna with Jessica Chaffin (Abbys on NBC, Ronna And Beverly)

    In this episode Gearóid chats to actress and comedian Jessica Chaffin.
    In podcasting circles Jessica is well-now for her genius comedy creation Ronna Glickman formerly of the “Ronna and Beverly” podcast. She has just launched her advise show “Ask Ronna” with Bryan Safi.
    Jessica has also appeared in a whole pile of sitcoms and movies. Most recently she can be seen on “Abbys’ on NBC. She is also on “Big Mouth” on Netflix and has previously had roles on “Veep”, “Two Broke Girls”, “Weeds”, “Search Party”, “Episodes” and “Man With A Plan”.
    She has also appeared in “Spy”, “The Heat” and “Ghostbusters” all directed by Paul Feig who directed the original Showtime pilot for “Ronna And Beverly” and their subsequent UK chat show for Sky Atlantic.
    A new episode of “Ask Ronna” drops every Tuesday and it is available wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 51 min
    Ep 42: Big Difference with Sean Smith from Same Difference (X Factor)

    Ep 42: Big Difference with Sean Smith from Same Difference (X Factor)

    In 2007 Sean and his Sarah caught the eye of a production runner while queuing to audition for the X Factor. Within a couple of months they were both performing live together every saturday night to millions of viewers. Each week to Same Difference astonished producers by clocking up millions of votes. Their cheesy but note-perfect performances had won the hearts of the viewing public and there was no turning back. They were beaten in the final but went a way with an album deal and a legion of fans. The following year the financial crisis played havoc with the campaign for the major label release of their debut album "Pop". A major image overhaul accompanied their next album. There were acoustic sessions and naked photo shoots. Having made a lot of money Same Difference called it a day in 2014. Sean hit the gym and launched a solo career and hasn't looked back. 
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    Buy Sean's music https://www.energiserecords.com/sean-smith/

    • 48 min
    Ep 41: Beyoncé That’s Who with Matthew Marsden

    Ep 41: Beyoncé That’s Who with Matthew Marsden

    Ep 41: Beyonce That’s Who with Matthew Marsden
    In this episode Gearóid chats to former soap-star, former pop-star and proper Hollywood star Matthew Marsden. After a stint as a male model Matthew began his acting career in the UK soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street. A brief but productive music career followed. He recorded the album “Say Who” for Sony. Notable because his backing singers on his second release were none other then Destiny’s Child with one Beyonce Knowles. Matt tells Gearoid how he ended up in the recording studio with Beyonce and why he walked away from music.  
    After starring opposite Michael Caine in the movie “Shiner” Matthew relocated to Hollywood and has never looked back. Roles in “Black Hawk Down”, “Transformers” and “Anacondas” followed. On TV he appeared in “NCIS” and “Two And A Half Men”. He also chats about his introduction to Stallone when they worked together on “Rambo”. 
    As well as acting Matthew has just completed his first project as writer, director and actor. His movie “I Am That Man” is the story of a Navy seal trying to reintegrate into civilian life. Matthew has spent his career playing military roles and with this movie he was determined to accurately portray the lives of the people who serve.  You can watch a trailer for the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6YDlbClJVw

    • 1 hr
    Ep 40: Farrelly & Lacey with Tyne Daly from "Cagney and Lacey"

    Ep 40: Farrelly & Lacey with Tyne Daly from "Cagney and Lacey"

    In this episode Gearóid talks to his favourite actress of all time: Tyne Daly.
    Tyne Daly is a celebrated star of stage and screen. She once dreamed of becoming a nun to the theatre, but a stint as Dirty Harry's sidekick in "The Enforcer" led to her starring opposite Loretta Switt in a tv movie of the week called "Cagney & Lacey" which was a buddy film about two women working as New York police officers. The movie turned into a series and despite some bumps and cast changes the show went on to become iconic television.
    During the series run both Tyne and her co-star Sharon Gless were nominated for the Best Actress Emmy with one of them taking home the prize each season. Tyne won an unprecedented three in a row and also took another in the last season. "Cagney and Lacey" was the first time in the history of network television that an hour was turned over to tell stories about women. It is widely accepted that the show changed the way women were perceived in television.
    Tyne's hasn't stopped working since. She went to Broadway and one a Tony for "Gypsy" and returned to the theatre in a string of new plays including the Pulitzer Prize winning "Rabbit Hole". Recently she starred opposite Sally Field in "Hello My Name Is Doris", the revival of ninties sitcom "Murphy Brown" and "Spiderman: Homecoming".
    This interview was recorded live at the Townhall Theatre, Galway as part of the Galway Film Fleadh where Tyne was promoting her new movies "The Bread Factory Parts One and Two" Directed by Patrick Wang.
    You can purchase the complete "Cagney & Lacey" series here (https://www.amazon.com/Cagney-Lacey-Complete-Collection-Sharon/dp/B00NGAJJAS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2APM288GGC4LW&keywords=cagney+and+lacey+dvd+complete+series&qid=1564224617&s=gateway&sprefix=cagney+and+lacey%2Caps%2C204&sr=8-1)
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    • 58 min
    Ep 39: Another Side with Celena Cherry from Honeyz

    Ep 39: Another Side with Celena Cherry from Honeyz

    This is another side to a story we've already told but what a story this is. In this episode comedian Gearoid Farrelly chats to singer and actress Celena Cherry about her time as the front woman of 90's R&B band the Honeyz along with band members Heavenli Denton and Naima Belkhiati. The band debuted in 1998 and had a massive hit with the self-penned "Finally Found". They followed it closely with other mega-hits like "End Of The Line" and "Won't Take It Lying Down". The band struggled with internal conflict and Heavenli left just as they were about to sign a million pound deal with Def Jam records in the US, then unprecedented for a 90's girlband. 
    But the deal falling apart wasn't only drama caused by the line-up change. In a bizarre move the groups management salvaged a promotional tour of Australia by adding to the lineup a lookalike of Heavenli Denton (the band member that had left) in the hope that Australian fans won't notice. Almost 20 years later fans uncovered this slight of hand in internet footage from the tour and so was born the Honeyz meme "Fake-Hev".
    As heard in episode one, Mariama Goodman from the band Solid Harmonie joined the group and the hits continued. But Naima who was powerful force in the group clashed with her from day one. Eventually after eleven months Mariama and the accepted story is that the management brought Heavenli back to the group and insisted she rejoin much to the horror of Celena and Naima. But Celena explains that this isn't exactly how it actually happened. 
    The Honeyz gave us some of the best RnB songs of ninties but they existed in an industry that was inherently misogynistic and unapologetically racist. 
    You can purchase Honeyz music here
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    • 57 min
    Ep 38: The Song With Wings with Chesney Hawkes

    Ep 38: The Song With Wings with Chesney Hawkes

    Ep 38: The Song With Wings with Chesney Hawkes
    In this episode comedian Gearoid Farrelly chats to nineties heart-throb Chesney Hawkes about the song that catapulted him to the top of the charts in 1991 and went on to become the 20th biggest selling song of the nineties. As well as reflecting on the dark days after the success had gone away Chesney also tells about his life before stardom came along
    In this episode Gearoid learns Chesney was the paper boy for another 80s pop-star, that a very famous film director has featured Chesney’s song in every one of his movies and Gearoid finally gets an answer to a question that has been tormenting him…. Did Chesney Hawkes write a song about sitting at home watching porn?
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

Johnny_Panic74 ,

Fascinated is fascinating!

Gearoid is an interviewer of the same caliber as Terry Gross or Marc Maron. He has a way of morphing an interview into a relaxed, casual conversation with his subject, that is both disarming and friendly and he has an absolute talent for drawing the listener into the conversation, making it interesting to them, regardless of their knowledge of the interviewee. He prepares the listener with a short, well researched biography on his subject and then morphs into the chat from there. I cannot get enough of it. As an American, I have prior knowledge of only about 60% or so of his subjects, but regardless of who they are, I never miss an episode, listen to the end, and always look forward to the next show.

kevinquinn209 ,

I care about this

I can't tell you how much nostalgia this podcast evokes for an Irish child of the 80s & teen of the 90s - hearing about Bosco & Naimee Colman among others warms the cockles of this expat's heart.

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