Dublin feels like home for Erin McGathy. That’s convenient for her because she lives here. “In 2015, I volunteered with a program called WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and was located in a place called Annaverna, which is outside of Dundalk,” she says, bringing me up to speed. “I was here for a month and I ended up doing a lot of shows and just really falling in love with the energy of Dublin. I fell in love with the people, the culture. I grew up in a military family so we moved around a lot and I’ve never been to a place that felt so much like home. Or what I would assume home would feel like because I’m not actually from anywhere because I grew up all over. I really liked it here, I really liked the creative scene here. Then I fell in love here because my partner is here.
“I can’t really see myself living anywhere else and as long as I can live here and go over to the United States sometimes and maybe go over to the UK and do things, as long as I can, I will live in Dublin because it’s my favourite city.”
On the day I speak to McGathy, she’s stepping out from a bar with friends who’ve come over to see her new show. Murder Town runs at the New Theatre until September 16th and sees her take on a number of roles for a madcap one-woman play about a town where nothing is as it seems. She flexes her muscles with a wide variety of characters, including an Academy Award-winning actress. It’s a testament to her talents as a character comedian. Her blend of physical silliness and rib-tickling jokes had one young man in the row in front of me collapsing from left to right with laughter. But hey, it wasn’t all bad. Seriously, that guy enjoyed himself in more ways than one.
#Repost @thisfeelsterrible ・・・ Last night at This Feels Terrible LIVE in Dublin, I invited all my Irish guy friends who have gone through major breakups in the last few months to sit and chat about their heartache while eating ice cream in front of 80 people on stage and recorded it. The episode is available now on the Patreon, baby-babes patreon.com/erinmcgathy
McGathy is probably best known as the presenter of This Feels Terrible, the popular comedy podcast series in which guests speak about sex and their relationships. Fans of the show can watch her perform at the Dublin Podcast Festival on the 26th. Here’s the deets link. When asked to give advice to any prospective podcasters out there, McGathy obliged with a very helpful answer. “First of all, you have to decide whether your podcast is premise-based or personality-based. Some of my favourite podcasts are personality-based, which means that they’re appealing because you wanna sit in the back seat of a car where the hosts are shooting the shit or having the craic.
“The premise doesn’t matter too much in that case. My favourite podcast is one called Dough Boys and it’s just where two guys review fast food every week. I don’t really care about fast food but I care about the podcast because I love hearing them talk to each other. Another podcast I love is called Hidden Brain, which is by National Public Radio, and that’s very much premise-based and it’s a science podcast. So for people who wanted to get started on podcasting, I’d say don’t think too of a premise at the start. Come up with an idea, record three episodes that you don’t even think you’ll really use and figure out what your podcast is going to be about because it’s probably going to be different from the actual premise. Take the best of those episodes and email it to ten people whose opinion you respect and ask them for feedback. Take their feedback with a grain of salt and start recording. Find similar shows and ask if you can swap guests. Be consistent with recording every week and don’t edit yourself too much because at a certain point you gotta let stuff go.”
Murder Town is sold out for the rest of its run but don’t despair – I might be wrong.
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