Dublin comedian Emma Doran has admitted that she struggles to look her mother in the eye as she as she performs her raunchy stand-up routine.
The 32-year-old star has built a legion of loyal fans throughout her career and says that her humour can prove awkward at family get-togethers.
She said: “I was on the Al Porter Show at Christmas and I managed to ruin Christmas for everyone with the stuff I said.
“My father-in-law used to always ask me about the stand-up, really interested, then he saw the Al Porter Show on Christmas Eve and went back to asking me about the car.
“Anyone who knows me knows what to expect.
“My mam’s been there and done it, there’s no secrets with us but I just won’t make eye contact during the show.”
Doran is set to appear at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival later this month.
She told the Irish Mirror: “My show is called Liga, Lube and a Bottle of Gin – I try to give people an idea of what to expect.
“Liga is a reference to my three kids, just to put it in context I don’t talk about them because nobody cares about other people’s kids.
“I care about them because I legally have to but if people wonder why I’m so tired and cynical they’ll know it’s because I have three kids.
“Lube is because there are a few jokes that are 15s or whatever.
“A bottle of gin is because if anyone brings a sneaky nagging on the night and can’t finish it, they can just leave it with me.
“I just want people to come, have fun, it’s nothing too serious and I’ll mostly just be slagging myself off.”
Doran says that having children should not stop women from following their dreams
She added: “I’ve always loved comedy and writing but I had my daughter when I was 18, during my Leaving Cert so things got side-tracked.
“After I had her I thought I’d go to college and get a good job.
“I worked various jobs and I still really wanted to do comedy so I did some sketches with a friend, a producer saw them and asked me to audition for a show.
“I was really excited and wanted to do it, I auditioned but I was seven months pregnant and it just conflicted with the show, which was going to be very physical, so he suggested I do stand up.
“It gave me the push I needed and I signed up for my first comedy gig about six weeks after I had my son.
“People thought I’d lost the plot but I was on leave from work and thought I may as well use it to try something new.”
Check out the video below for a raunchy routine from Emma when she appeared on the Al Porter Show – warning strong language.
If you are in Dublin this September and would like to see Emma Doran’s show, she is appearing at The International Bar with a preview on September 19. The show will then run from September 20-23 with a matinee on September 24.
Tickets are priced between €11-€13. Visit Fringe Fest for more information.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling