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Gráinne Maguire is a stand up comedian and comedy writer. She reached the national finals of Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Leicester Mercury New Act of the Year and Laughing Horse New Act of the Year. Her debut hour show at the Edinburgh Festival was critically acclaimed, and she has also written for “8 out of 10 Cats” and “The Now Show”.

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Business and comedy have more in common than you think, Notebook

Business and comedy have more in common than you think

I miss when life was simpler. Comedians were the idealistic losers and business men the bullies in sharp suits. Now, with a financial website encouraging struggling corporations to learn from the world of stand up and a BBC documentary detailing the huge amounts of money comedians can make in corporate bookings, things aren’t so simple.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 January 2013 at 2:48 pm

Comedian Ross Noble: ‘I’m in my own little bubble, the whole TV thing is kind of irrelevant to me’, Arts

Comedian Ross Noble: ‘I’m in my own little bubble, the whole TV thing is kind of irrelevant to me’

Writer and comedienne Gráinne Maguire spoke to fellow comic Ross Noble about his stand-up jubilee, the changing face of comedy and why he’s not chasing television

By | Arts, Film | Friday, 16 November 2012 at 2:31 pm

Becoming the City of Culture is a chance for Derry~Londonderry to begin a new chapter, Notebook

Becoming the City of Culture is a chance for Derry~Londonderry to begin a new chapter

Next year Derry~London Derry will become the first UK City of Culture. Inspired by Liverpool’s tenure as the European holder of the title, the Northern Irish city will celebrate a year of local culture, as well as holding some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural events and awards.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 12 November 2012 at 2:11 pm

Ireland, it’s at our darkest moment that the fight back begins, Notebook

Ireland, it’s at our darkest moment that the fight back begins

It’s appropriate that country music has always been popular in Ireland because more and more the place feels like a tragic Tammy Wynnette song.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 at 6:00 am

Don’t kid yourself Scotland, you still need the BBC, Arts

Don’t kid yourself Scotland, you still need the BBC

This week the Scottish Labour Party suggested that if Scotland gains independence it will lose the BBC. Despite the popular belief that politicians don’t know what voters really care about, it appears that for once they might actually be onto something.

By | Arts | Friday, 19 October 2012 at 4:44 pm

The Labour Conference: The last hurray, prank calls and climbing the political ladder, Notebook

The Labour Conference: The last hurray, prank calls and climbing the political ladder

It is the last full day of the Labour conference and despite a full timetable of events, there is an end of term feel to proceedings.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 5 October 2012 at 5:57 pm

The Labour Conference: Stalking Ed Balls, vicious hangovers and chat shows, Notebook

The Labour Conference: Stalking Ed Balls, vicious hangovers and chat shows

It is day three of the conference and I think I have gone Gonzo. This is not what I wanted. Forget William Burroughs, I am here trying to be the next Simon Hoggart. I just don’t think he would have sat through Ed Miliband’s leadership speech yesterday with a hangover so vicious he was genuinely worried he might interrupt the historic moment by bolting past camera crews to vomit. Being a political hack is much harder than it looks…

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 at 1:43 pm

The Labour Conference: Chuka Umunna, blagging free food and ‘Loose Women’, Notebook

The Labour Conference: Chuka Umunna, blagging free food and ‘Loose Women’

The first day of the conference and the rain is pelting. As is usually the case at these events, it is held on the outside of the city centre in a wilderness of roundabouts and dual carriage ways. I wander lost, feeling like I’m in the opening sequence of some grim exploitation film about inner city crime.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 1 October 2012 at 12:01 pm

The Labour Conference: Funnier than the Edinburgh Festival?, Notebook

The Labour Conference: Funnier than the Edinburgh Festival?

My name is Gráinne Maguire and I have a terrible secret; this year, the highlight of my social calendar, my Glastonbury, my 18-30s holiday is the Labour Party Conference in Manchester. As a stand-up comedian and a veteran of the Edinburgh festival, I want to see how the Labour Party conference compares with the annual comedy month of shame.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 1 October 2012 at 10:48 am

What a week poor David Cameron is having, Notebook

What a week poor David Cameron is having

The man can’t even go horse riding with his old Eton buddy on a horse leant by the bobbies of London to his mates media magnate wife without everybody getting all “what the actual hell are you doing?” on his ass. Whoa…easy Press, there, there, suck on a sugar lump and relax yeah?
Much maligned Rebekah [...]

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 7 March 2012 at 12:02 am

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