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Joe Rooney talks to friends and acquaintances that he’s met and worked with over twenty years in the entertainment industry; some old friends or foes that he’s worked with on and off over the years and some recent acquaintances that he has met on the road, on the set of some TV show or in a festival club bar and has cajoled or blackmailed into chatting on the mic for an hour or so. @joerooney1

157 Episodes
I'd heard of Aslan when I was in the band Guernica but didn't know their music and probably didn't want to as they were just another competitor. That's the way it is when you are in a band. When I first heard the song "This Is". I loved the melody and to this day I love this song. There's a line in the song "Everybody hits you with this feeling" which from what I know of Christy encapsulates him. People who experience trauma as a child either close up and protect themselves or become very sensitive. I think Christy was the latter. I think he could feel other people's trauma and became a voice for those who were suffering. That's a hard burden to carry and eventually it took its toll.  In March 2017 Christy invited me into his house to talk on Podarooney. He was witty, warm and refreshingly honest. He could see a bullshitter a mile away and wasn't afraid to be upfront about it. That's not very common in show business where everyone is afraid to offend the gatekeepers. Maybe being aware of your mortality makes you open and honest but I think that was just Christy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Wild Geeze is made up of Miss Lavelle and Breda from the Queer Cabaret. The duo met a year and a half ago. Miss Lavelle was running Limerick’s first monthly cabaret show ‘Chez Le Cabaret’ in the artistic Chez Le Fab, Arthur’s Quay. Breda being a comedian, did not hesitate to message and ask to be a part of a Limerick cabaret. Breda performed at the September show and brought the house down. Their on-stage banter and appreciation of giant vagina puppets was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 157 - AKA

Episode 157 - AKA


Aka is an Irish cosplay performer, adventure seeker, digital creator and vocaloid dancer. She has performed at cosplay events all over Europe. She has a very popular Instagram on which she cosplays characters from anime and vocaloids in videos and stills and goes to extraordinary lengths to get inside the heads of these characters. You will find her on Instagram at @akadinosan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sahar Ali is a comedian, spoken word performer and blogger who grew up in Ireland and is currently living and working in Dubai. Her blog Saharcasm became her first solo show which she performed in the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2017 intertwining spoken word poetry, comedy, and music in an hour long show that looked at the cross cultural relations in Ireland. Sahar currently performs on the comedy/spoken word circuit in Dubai. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Karl MacDermott was amongst the new breed of stand-up comedians in the Ireland of that era. In 1988 he helped co-found The Comedy Cellar at The International Bar in Dublin with Barry Murphy, Ardal O’Hanlon and Kevin Gildea.  After appearing in his own one - man comedy show Memoirs of a Midget at The Peacock Theatre in 1989 and he had successful runs at The Gilded Balloon in The Edinburgh Fringes from 1991-93 with shows like An Afternoon With Klaus Barbie's Pen-pal and Stand-Up Stories. In September 2021, his new humour fiction novel 58% Cabbage, about a sit-down nobody who tries stand-up comedy, was published by Black Spring Press Group.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Barbara Taylor has a compassionate, holistic approach to fitness based on cultivating self love, not self deprivation.  At 49 Barbara has spent 32 years body building. She studied ballet from 14 years, competitive Gymnastics from 7 yrs and started weight lifting at 18.  She is an avid Mountain hiker in Ireland, has completed numerous Camino's in Spain & Portugal and walked camino solo many times. She is a qualified Pilates Instructor, PT and Massage Therapist. Her own inner healing journey from Trauma, Abuse and Violence has led her to want to help people deal with their own generational/family trauma or shame.  She survived an eating disorder, alcohol misuse, self destructive patterns and raising a daughter solo to really look at how her family/societal conditioning drove her negative beliefs about herself into adulthood. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 153 - Guy Pratt

Episode 153 - Guy Pratt


Pratt's music career spans more than 30 years. He is best known for his prolific work as a session bass player, working with artists including Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, Gary Moore, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Robert Palmer, Echo & the Bunnymen, Iggy Pop,Whitesnake, Womack & Womack, Kirsty MacColl and Robbie Robertson. Pratt has been a member of the Australian rock band Icehouse, and is currently a member of the psychedelic rock band Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets. In 2005 he debuted a one-man music and comedy show. He is the author of the autobiography My Bass and Other Animals.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On August 18th 2021, the world lost one of its finest comedians, Sean Lock. To pay tribute to the great man listen back to the interview Joe had with Sean in 2018.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Trevor Lock is an English comedian, actor and playwright. He is noted for the circuitous and surreal nature of his comedy. He managed to come with a new form of comedy which involves audience participation in a show called Community Circle. Trevor’s new attempt at making a thing that only some people will like is similar to Community Circle and Girl v Boy but funnier and not as good. Experiments In Participatory Entertainment: We Are Each Other explores the unexpected things we have in common. ‘Superbly comic writing.’ (Sunday Times). ‘Funny, moving and clever.’ (Scotsman). ‘In a different league really.’ ( Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Heather Turkington is a dramatherapist based in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. She works full-time as a dramatherapist in an adult male mental health residential and nursing facility. Heather holds the NI Link Person role for BADth (British Association of Dramatherapists), is the NI rep for dramatherapy in AHPFNI (Allied Health Professionals Federation Northern Ireland), and is also a Council member of IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists). She has a specific interest in mental health and specialises in one-to-one sessions.  As well as dramatherapy, Heather is a writer, singer, podcast host, and holds a few TV and theatre acting credits.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Dave Minogue is the writer and Director of Irish feature film Poster Boys. Poster Boys is a lighthearted and heartwarming watch, but it isn't afraid to shy away from issues that are sure to resonate with an Irish audience, including the housing crisis, depression and suicide. We talk about getting Poster Boys from script to finance to shooting and finally onto the big screen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Andie McCaffrey Byrne is an actor/writer who has written and starred in a new film called "Sparkle". Other roles include journalist Abbie White in RTE's Fair City. "Jane" in feature film "South" and "Stephanie" in award winning RTE/BBC Series Love/Hate. A trained Comedy Improviser, Andie has studied with some of Ireland's top film Directors and Educators including Gerry Grennel and Stephen Bridgewater in Bow Street Academy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As a professional Fitness Coach Colman Power's passion is to guide people towards a healthier lifestyle. Everybody is unique, with their own strengths and limitations. His method is to build a custom plan based on your health, schedule and more importantly, fitness goals. Colman's aim to transform your body and influence you to make more mindful decisions when it comes to your health. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Cian Griffin has a background in content creation, writing, social media marketing and journalism, he is a passionate creative currently working in a Social Media Specialist role at Sales force. He is a fluent Irish speaker and his Instagram @gaylgeoiri is a really fun way to pick up Irish words and phrases.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Feargal Harrington is the Managing Director of Intro Matchmaking, Ireland’s largest face to face matchmaking agency which he founded with his wife Rena 10 years ago.   Feargal has spent over a decade becoming an expert in dating through running Intro and successfully pairing thousands of clients from all walks of life in all 32 Counties. Today, Intro has 7 staff members operating from a suite of offices on Grafton street where they meet every client in person and arrange up to 100 dates every single week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Michelle Browne personally experienced the process of legally separating in Ireland in 2008. Having endured the painstaking process of litigation and experienced the arduous amount of energy and resolve required to endure the process Michelle underwent training in Maynooth University to become a Family Mediator. Michelle believes passionately in the merits of Mediation for separating and divorcing couples in Ireland. The saving on finances is only one of the many advantages of mediation over family law courts in Ireland. For so many couples with children the mediation process can offer the compassion and empathy needed at such a difficult time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A rising star in the comedy world, both nationally and internationally, Esther Manito has enjoyed a startling ascent as a performer in the last four years. Thrown in to the fields of writing and stand-up after completing a short writing course at the Camden Comedy Schoolin 2016, a wealth of accolades and rave reviews have followed. These include BBC New Comedy Award nominations four years running and achieving a finalist spot in both the regional Funny Women Awards and So You Think You’re Funny awards in 2017.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Neil is a queer entertainer of the soft, philosophical and filthy variety and an absurdist songwriter.  He is part of the Token Straight group of queer Irish comedians.  Neil’s recent YouTube video essays have become incredibly popular worldwide. Subject matters include gender, philosophy, politics, history, semantics and it’s all done in a fun way while also including a cookery section. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Internet gets me down sometimes. People telling me what I should do about my mental health is bad for my mental health. There's too many people out there who want to tell me how I should exercise, how I should stretch, how I should breathe, what or how I should eat, think, not think, behave, be, have. So I need to get it off my chest.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Bonnie Boux is a dancer, self love purveyor, wedding celebrant, performer, comedian, twerker and Wim Hof method teacher. She emanates good vibes, love and a lust for life through her dancing, her brilliant physical comedy and her smile. If Harpo Marx and Cher had a baby it would be Bonnie Boux. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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