Gráinne Maguire: Gráinne With a Fada
Gilded Balloon Teviot
One topic covered by this refreshingly frank Irish comic is blind dates. For this critic, as with those unpredictable evenings, trying out an unfamiliar comedian will usually end in disappointment.
However, Gráinne with a Fada, who believes that the brand is so strong that her surname need not appear anywhere on her flyer, is consistently funny with far more original material than many of the business’s top names.
The self-confessed attention-seeker’s main targets are the Irish and our reactions to them, her own life and self-important politicians, generally those leaning towards the right wing end of the spectrum.
Having been hyperactive and self-confident from childhood helped the London-based performer to find a vocation and now she seems to enjoy chatting amiably with the front row, talking about shyness and the ways that we cope with life’s vicissitudes and revealing much about herself.
Gráinne’s appeal derives from her work ethic, which delivers lots of laughs in a short time, and her variety. No topic is laboured for long and almost every new subject is funny, ensuring that her blind dates will all have a good time and may even want to develop the relationship.
Reviewer: Philip Fisher