Once a couple of newspapers and a radio station had whipped up enough of a storm, Tiernan invited Down Syndrome Ireland to see his set and, surprise surprise, their leader saw no cause for concern, even making a statement to that effect for the media organs who had mischievously reported the original story. A sign just behind him on the door of the adjoining room catches my eye: How do I remove this ego stuff and how do I get more honest? He made a promise to himself that he would work on that in his own act. That has to be protected.
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In simply showing up how disgusting some people can be, he has been misrepresented as a person with hate in his heart.
Tommy Tiernan - Crooked Man at the Edinburgh Fringe
Once a couple of newspapers and a radio crooied had whipped up enough of a storm, Tiernan invited Down Syndrome Ireland to see his set and, surprise surprise, their leader saw no cause for concern, even making a statement to that effect for tiernaj media crookee who had mischievously reported the original story. And, most crucially of all, there has to be a truth underpinning it. There was also the time he made a passing reference to the McCanns in a bit about putting your kids to bed Tiernan has five of them from two different relationships: He made a promise to himself that he would work on that in his own act.
In Galway, he runs a storytelling slam night called Loose Lips and earned his place in the Guinness World Records for performing a hour and minutes set there.
For Tiernan, it always comes down to the context. Miles Davis did this double album, Bitches Brew: A journalist phoned the McCanns to see if they thought crooked was appropriate and the next day it was front page on a Sunday tabloid. Within weeks, the story had escalated and little Tommy Tiernan from the tiny village of Navan had made the front page of The Jerusalem Post.
Through a construct of someone who was plainly, outlandishly hateful, he envisioned a scenario where he suggested that the Final Solution might not have gone far enough. Having said all that, it was a big moment for me, because I sat back and took a look at the type of comedy I was doing. The crloked means a lot to Tommy Tiernan.
Crooked Man by Tommy Tiernan on Spotify
He may be the holder of a Guinness World Record, but there are plenty out there who just want to throw the book at him. I started to want to trust gentleness again, but without losing my balls or becoming impotent or television-friendly. For Tiernan, a comic should be ttommy to say pretty much what they damn well like, as long as the room and the wider context is right. And so it came to pass.
Tommy Tiernan - Crooked Man
A fearless force of energy, Tiernan is inspiring and one of the few comics to take his audience on a…. If I said something like that and meant it, people would be wondering what they were in the presence of. I think you just go through phases of a particular type of energy. Is that stand-up simply showing us a manipulated version of their real personality? Tommy Tiernan has been wild and irresponsible and funny around these parts ever since his Edinburgh debut proper insharing an hour-slot with Jason Byrne, before returning crookd year later with his first full solo show, reeling in a string of rave reviews and quickly filling out his Pleasance venue.
Such a statement could have been read as a slight on the comic in question, but was really more an yiernan of the strength of feeling towards Tiernan being crowned. Much knockabout fun was being had when he took a final question from the floor about whether he had ever been accused of anti-Semitism. I was a bit like that.
Remember those bits in Lord of the Rings where Gollum was vulnerable? How do I remove this ego stuff and how do I get more honest?
His scheduled appearances on north American tours were cancelled and a few Irish comedians refused to talk to him though plenty London-based Jewish stand-ups were very ,an. An experience which took Tiernan to a very different place occurred last September during a wide-ranging interview in front of a live audience at the Electric Picnic festival in Ireland.
The stand-up in the past was a lot darker, was more about tension and being loudly curious. Create an account Forgotten your password? Post a comment Enter email and password: It was like following Shane MacGowan around and taking photographs of him doing heroin. But the angry ceooked seems to be fading a little bit and the show is a little bit more playful now.
Soon after, the inevitable Crooke and film work came his way.