Arts Interview: Still laughing.

After cutting her comedic teeth in Dublin and London, Maeve Higgins is now residing in New York, writes Ed Power.

27th July, 2014
Maeve Higgins: ‘Because my comedy is personal, I would hope it has a universal appeal’ Picture: Bryan Meade.

Maeve Higgins is an unusually jolly comedian. Off stage, stand-ups tend to be dry as three-week old biscuits – stoic, po-faced, terribly self-serious about their ‘art’. Higgins breezily bucks this stereotype: she’s jokey, deprecating, fizzing with enthusiasm. Meeting her, you appreciate immediately why she is one of the country’s most popular comics. Her giggly warmth is infectious.

“I try to be myself as much as possible,” she says. “The...

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