Willie O’Reilly: Tiernan outstanding in a field of his own making

Long renowned as a clever comedian, Tommy Tiernan is these days turning the chat show on its head with his own patented formula

Tommy Tiernan’s eponymous chat show with a difference has been one of the hits of RTÉ’s schedule in recent years. Picture: Melissa Mannion

It’s hard not to admire Tommy Tiernan. Once a comedian who made his living unsettling his audiences, he is now a consummate professional on a new course in his career.

He’s done it his way too. The Tommy Tiernan Show is his own formula – in a nutshell, the guests are a complete surprise to him when they come onstage. Some of them are known to him, some wholly unknown. There is no prep. He ...