Aisling Bea

Aisling Bea

Winner of So You Think You're Funny? 2012 and nominated for best newcomer at the 2013 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award
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Unearthed! Aisling Bea's old McDonald's ad

How the comedian once earned some wedge

comedyAisling Bea's television career is taking off, with her self-penned sitcom Happy AF arriving on Channel 4 next year, packed between roles in the UK, US and Ireland.

However, footage has just re-surfaced of one of her earliest screen appearances, a 2004 advert for McDonald's that she shot while a student at Trinity College in Dublin... and which she now has decidedly mixed feelings about.

A fan called Errol Stafford found the footage while transferring old VHS tapes to DVD, and posted it on Twitter.

The 15-second spot shows the future comedian lifting a coin from a guy's pocket while snogging him to spend on the burger chain’s budget menu.

Bea responded: 'Baha! One of my first paid acting jobs-selling spicy wedges for McDs. It put me through university. The message was clear. I still stand by it: if you want wedges gal, don’t get a job, just put out & steal from the people you love. Also my "character" had the HORN for wedges.'

Speaking to rapper Scroobius Pip on his Distraction Pieces podcast last year, she revealed that her earnings from the advert had also helped her move to England.

Yet she had naively reckoned the campaign 'wasn't going to get seen by anyone, I was delighted.

'Cut to a week later, I'm on the back of every bus in Ireland. And there's only one bus stop in my town and it was there, with me looking at a euro like it was the best thing I'd ever seen, holding a guy's arse.

'Someone wrote on it "Aisling's a slag" or something. Which was a fair enough review for the time to be fair. And my mother went that night with a J cloth and some Cif and scrubbed it off.

'No matter how many plays I did up in Dublin with the dramatic theatre company, no matter how many Shakespearean monologues I learned, or I went to Edinburgh with three successful sketch group shows… still every time I went home they'd go "she's lovin' it!" I couldn't get away from it.'

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Published: 23 Oct 2018

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Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Aisling Bea: C’est La Bea


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