Tag Archives: comedy

Roll call

Kieran Allen. Michael Clifford. Karl Deeter. John Drennan. Diarmuid Ferriter. Fergus Finlay. Maureen Gaffney. Constantin Gurgdiev. Eoghan Harris. Eddie Hobbs. Gemma Hussey. Pat Leahy. Tina Leonard. Diarmaid McDermott. Sean McDonagh. Michael McDowell. Harry McGee. Tom McGurk. Joseph O’Connor. Mary-Louise O’Donnell. Niall O’Dowd. Emer O’Kelly. Olivia O’Leary. Michael O’Regan. Mary O’Rourke. Fintan O’Toole. Jim Power. Terry Prone. David Quinn. Fionnan Sheehan. John Waters. Noel Whelan. Fine people all of them, but… Read Article →

Your country, your comedy gold

More than once, I’ve bemoaned the lack of decent satire on Irish television. What I had in mind was something like the Daily Show – the US version with Jon Stewart, not the Irish afternoon armchairs and gossip programme. Last week, in the wake of the News International phone hacking scandal, I found out one of the reasons for the absence of such a show on Irish television. Stewart ran… Read Article →

The welcoming committee

You know how it goes. A bunch of guys (and they probably were guys, not gals) sits down to make some plans. For the most part, the meeting is businesslike, focused on the task at hand. But inevitably, because we are social animals, someone will crack a joke at some point. And just occasionally, someone will make a note of the joke. You could see it happening here. Civil servants… Read Article →

In Context

The commentariat can be defined as those who are willing to offer an opinion on things they know nothing about, and get paid handsomely for the privilege. Sometimes, the lack of knowledge is blatant. Take the number of people who happily declare that they haven’t actually heard what Tommy Tiernan said at Electric Picnic, before going on to condemn it. There’s been a lot of talk about Tommy over the… Read Article →

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Making the Cut

When is a complaint not a complaint? When RTÉ broadcast a lighthearted complaint in March about a portrait of Brian Cowen hung in that national gallery, they received nine calls complaining the item was in poor taste. It’s not clear if the nine includes a call from Eoghan Ó Neachtain, who rang RTÉ director general Cathal Goan at home. Either way, RTÉ apologised for the item the following day. The… Read Article →

The Final Word

Remember #picturegate? As described in a complaint to the broadcasting complaints commission, RTÉ showed two portraits of the taoiseach, one ‘in a pregnant situation’. RTÉ News later apologised ‘for any personal offence caused to Mr Cowen or his family or for any disrespect shown to the office of taoiseach.’ But in response to a complaint that the report was ‘gutter journalism at it’s worst’, RTÉ argued the story was ‘a… Read Article →

Muddying the Waters: John Waters and Wikipedia

John Waters complained on RTÉ today that he was libelled on Wikipedia, and told by a lawyer there was no point suing on the interwebs. The trouble with Wikipedia, of course, is its revision history. Even after an entry is deleted or updated, it’s possible to see what once was written. On 30 September 2007, a paragraph was deleted from Wikipedia by someone claiming to act “on behalf of John… Read Article →

Wacko Jacko Heart Attacko

The toxicity of our celebrity obsession was reflected back at us by Jackson’s spectral and ruined face. The physical slicing, tucking and restructuring he endured was for what? For us. For our pound of flesh. We must live with that shame. Like slavering beasts, our appetites insatiable, we gorged at the trough of his fame. Devouring the tainted soul of a lost little boy. Jackson was our real life Action… Read Article →

Eyes Only

Gardai question artist under caution: The Irish Times. Police quiz man over naked images of Irish PM in national gallery: The Belfast Telegraph. Cowen artist ‘could be charged’: BBC News. Artist Conor Casby faces jail after Brian Cowen made unwitting model for toilet humour: Times Online (Entertainment section). Irish PM bogged down by nude painting row: ITN. Guerrilla artist hangs nude paintings of taoiseach Brian Cowen: The Guardian. Ireland Nude… Read Article →

Bare Faced Cheek

‘The visit by a Garda detective today to the offices of Today FM radio station, demanding that staff from the Ray Darcy Show hand over information they might have had about the artist of these pieces was astounding,’ Labour party Senator Alan Kelly said. ‘Does this investigation really represent the best use of scarce Garda resources? And if as suggested, the Garda was to pursue a search warrant to be… Read Article →