Stand-Ups and Turnips

The humour editor of HeadStuff interviews Karl MacDermott about his new book Juggling With Turnips which touches upon Karl's own career as a stand-up comedian in Ireland in the 1990s. Reading your recently published book, Juggling With…

Ziggy Stardust Ruined My Life

Monday the 11th of January 2016. David Bowie is dead. The world is in mourning.  Except for one person. 60 year-old Irish woman, Maisie Moynihan. “It’s because of that man I’m an old maid. It’s because of that man I’ve been left on the…

Galway’s Greatest Lover

When I walked into Galway city as a young adult in the 1980’s I always passed this man in Lower Salthill who would be leaning over a low gate with his belly hanging out. And I would ask myself “Who is this man leaning over a low gate with…

Heckler For Hire

In late 2004 I started using a small dictaphone to record my stand-up routine. To monitor where laughs were coming in my material. Ok, not laughs. Strained muffled pitiful groans. One evening I performed a spot at The Comedy Hovel. Later…

Give Pearse A Chance

For the week that's in it, Karl MacDermott has thoughtfully provided us with his 2003 radio comedy pilot Give Pearse A Chance starring Conor Lambert, Morgan Jones, Karl MacDermott, Deirdre Monaghan and Colette Proctor and produced by Daniel…

The Judas Journal

An approximate translation of an extract from Judas Iscariot’s recently unearthed journal. Am approached by a Roman centurion in a crowded bazaar. He asks me would I be willing to betray Jesus. It would be worth my while. He winks. I make…

The Sad Tale Of A Comedy Junkie

It is 1996. I am a young Irish stand-up comedian. The stage is not my home. It is more like a youth hostel in Wiesbaden. I never storm during my act - just lightly rain shower. I have started referring to laughs as Godot. Most evenings when…

Joseph – Diary Of A Carpenter

In the archaeological discovery of the year, Joseph the Carpenter’s diaries have recently been unearthed. Here we examine his account of that very first Christmas and find a written testimony that at times gives us a surprising insight into…