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Tara Flynn is an Irish actress & writer. She's Ireland's leading female voice artiste, an improviser, columnist, and you may have seen her on Irish & UK TV in the likes of Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, The Omid Djalili Show, Thank God You're Here, The Impressions Show, or more recently in The Mario Rosenstock Show and Irish Pictorial Weekly.
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Well, that was a year, wasn’t it? It certainly was a year. You’d have to say that about it.
This is some of what happened, along with some thank yous:
Diarmuid O’Brien of Danger Farm and I started making videos. Some of them caused a bit of a stir, because we were cross when we made them so had something to say. I think we got our point across. Thanks, Diarmuid.
To everyone who watched, RT’d, shared. Thank you, too. And it’s been great getting to know the gang from ENAR Ireland and NASC who do amazing work all year round. I only scratched the surface.
When you stick your head above the parapet, you tend to get the odd pelt of shite. That’s ok. I can handle the odd pelt. It’s fitting that 2013 is the year I was asked to be the Face of Poo for Dublin. Pelted on the one hand, picking it up with the other. There’s a symmetry to it.
But I would like to point out that – while standing up for stuff I believe – I’ve tried not to attack what others believe. You can believe what you like. Just don’t be a dick about it. Then we’ll all be grand.
Racist B&B won the Satirist of the Year award at the Swift Satire Festival. Thanks to everyone there, especially Paddy Cullivan. It’s the nicest framed photocopy I’ll ever own. Very proud of it and I will fight whoever wins it next year. And cry while I pretend I’m happy for them.
Thanks also to everyone who gave their time and talent to help us make those aforementioned videos: Luke Griffin, Joe Rooney, Dermot Magennis, Giles Brody, John Moynes, Kevin McGahern, Charlene Craig, Conor O’Toole, Donnacha O’Brien, Eoin Duggan. Also The Factory, the International Bar, Noone Casey & Mary Flynn. And my agents. And anyone else who helped. Thanks.
Special mention to Alan Maguire and Conan Brophy who built the track for Troll Song and recorded/ mixed my vocal, respectively. Alan is also @YourRTEGuide on Twitter. Follow if you like to laugh.
I had a lot of Newstalk fun this year: I did a couple of episodes of You Couldn’t Make It Up (thanks Pat, Mark & team) and I had a lot of craic doing Friday Breakfasts with Chris Donoghue and Ivan Yates, even if my Mad Corkwoman character did this to him on Irish Pictorial Weekly. I’ve publicly stated that Ivan’s allowed to kick my shins now, anytime he wants, in return.
And of course, Irish Pictorial Weekly. Thanks to the whole team there. They are awesome and I dearly hope there’s a series 3.
I finally did Set List this year. It was during Galway Comedy Festival. I don’t remember what I said because I had an out of body experience and nearly jumped in the river afterwards but it may end up on screen at some point so you can let me know.
Improv. My favourite. Dublin Comedy Improv turned 21, returned to The Cat Laughs (thanks, Naoise Nunn) and there’s a new longform group in town – The Cardinals. Keep an eye out for us in 2014.
2014 you say? Improv aside, I’ll be in a couple of episodes of Line of Duty for the BBC. I’m taking part in Under My Bed at Smock Alley Theatre in January, to raise funds for Barnardos Ireland. And there’s talk of a number of other schemes and plots and even a dare which, if any of them come off, I’ll let you know.
For now, we made it to the end and that’s good. Wishing you a knob-free Christmas.
On Monday June 10, Danger Farm and I released my satirical short film, Racist B&B, into the world. You can watch it here. I thought it would get 5000 views and give my husband and I a sense of closure about something that happened to him, but with over 100,000 views in its first week and extensive media coverage nationwide and overseas (Hugh Muir’s Guardian article here), it seems it’s an issue people have needed to discuss.
The reaction has been an eye-opener. I now realise that the problem I was trying to highlight – that of the presence of casual racism, even where you least expect it – is a lot worse than I’d naively thought. (If you haven’t read the mighty Una Kavanagh’s blog about her own experience, please check it out here.) The often aggressive reaction to the video has also brought to light, in my own home, how little of the racism he encounters my husband actually lets me know about. He didn’t want to upset me. So I’m even more glad I made the film than when I first heard he’d had horrible, racist slurs hurled at him in my hometown (original blog here). I’ve had much support for the sketch, with many people telling me their own stories of intimidation and even physical assault. I appreciate every single message. Thank you. It does seem that the video’s got people talking about an issue which many would rather ignore. I never read YouTube comments and I won’t be feeding any trolls, but there has been an inevitable backlash – some of it pretty vile – which I’d like to address.
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