Eleanor Tiernan

Eleanor Tiernan

Eleanor Tiernan abandoned her civil engineering training to become a stand-up in 2004 – and within her first year appeared on RTE’s The Liffey Laughs and BBC’s One Night Stand.

In 2007, she starred in the Edinburgh Fringe play Help!, and made her solo show debut the following year. She then played to more than 120,000 people as the support act for her cousin, Tommy Tiernan, on his Bovinity tour,

She also played the ditzy waitress, Emer, on RTE2’s youth-orientated chat show The Cafe.

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Eleanor Tiernan: Enjoying The Spotlight Responsibly

Edinburgh Fringe review by Jack Boyles

Eleanor Tiernan deals in recognisable observational comedy – but makes it her own by putting her own spin on even the most  overdone subjects, such as  millennials. It’s proof that there’s no such thing as a hack subject, it’s all about where you take that subject.  

However, her real originality lies in her delivery, with its friendly yet awkward style. It’s as if her thoughts are getting too much, and she has trouble articulating them right away. This evokes a human touch of authenticity and spontaneity to her rehearsed material, as well as a sense of naivety. 

It’s a delivery style that leaves little room for manoeuvre. Yet she’s brave to stick with it, even if some might take from it the idea that she’s not confident or seasoned. On the contrary, Tiernan is masterful without making it look masterful.

She is a subtly smart comedian. Her performance, jokes and delivery are all nuanced, and this solid, well-executed show generates a steady pace of laughter, hitting peaks when it needs to.

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Published: 17 Aug 2019

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