A FRESH female comedian who wowed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival has been announced as part of the bill at this year’s Cat Laughs Comedy Festival.
Roisin Conahy who considers herself both a Londoner and Irish is chuffed to be performing at the festival having been impressed by the event last year. “It is my first year performed at the Cat Laughs festival. It is a really prestigious festival on the comedy circuit. I came to watch it last year. I had planned to go for one night and I ended up staying the three nights,” she said.
“I thought it was amazing and I can’t wait to be back in Kilkenny, it is such a gorgeous place. I thought it was a lovely town and the festival itself was was very well run. For me as a performer the Cat Laughs Festival is a very prestigious one as it is invite only and always has some really great acts and there is also an amazing bill ,” the 31-year-old comic told the Kilkenny People.
The comedian started out on the circuit around seven years ago and has been addicted to performing since. “I was working as an office manager and I decided to give the comedy a go. I booked a gig and I knew straight away that I liked it. For the first few years I had to keep my day job but three years ago I gave up my job as office manager and started to work in comedy full time. He is great I get to edit, produce and direct my own material and as a performer I have no script,” she said.
However Roisin is well aware of how difficult it can be to get onto the professional circuit and make a living out of comedy. “It takes a while and you definitely need a break but I am delighted that I stuck with it,” she added.
The stand up comic is no stranger to Ireland having performed at the Bulmers festival in Clonmel and the Roisin Dubh in Galway. “I was born in Camden in London but I lived in Kerry for a while and both my parents are Irish. I consider myself a Londoner and then most definitely Irish rather than English. I really like the Irish, they are very relaxed and that can be coupled with a real intensity which I like,” she said.
Sourcing material for her show comes from her own experiences, from the everyday things to the extraordinary. “I find my material from personal experiences and from my everyday life. I tend to take something and try and see the humour in it,” she added.