Eleanor Tiernan: Enjoying the Spotlight Responsibly

Comedy (stand-up)

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Curled in up bed, Eleanor binge-watches true crime, completely insulated from the actual crime outside her door. The gap between what she could be doing and what she is doing has never been bigger. But her smartphone is about to be stolen and then she'll find that the real world can mock us far more savagely than any online fantasy. Join Tiernan (BBC Newsquiz, Alternative Comedy Experience) in an exploration of what, if any, satisfaction can be found and whether she's willing to endure the requisite amount of discomfort to get it.

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Nina Taylor 116 days ago

Another hidden diamond in the Fringe. Can't believe such a funny lady is doing a Free show!!
Witty and well put together material, had the audience laughing loudly for an hour. Very enjoyable, would recommend to all.
4 stars out of 5

Steven O'Connor 118 days ago

Marvellous stuff, loved Eleanors’s gig. Funny, likeable and masterful delivery.

Mike Tivnen 125 days ago

Second time seeing Eleanor at the festival, 4th time overall. She has a self deprecating hesitant style (think Mark Watson) which, delivered in her lilting Irish brogue could make the Banshee Labyrinth's bar menu sound hilarious. But she has good material too (almost all of it new since last year) riffing on Gen X’s perspective on Milennials and Baby Boomers. Go see her. And do give generously - she's got rent to pay.

Philip Alexander 128 days ago

For those that have yet to discover it, Eleanor Tiernan is ALWAYS on fantastic form & this show is no exception. Absolutely packed with the sort of jokes you’ll be desperate to repeat to your friends but deep down you know you just won’t be able to tell it the way she did.

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

Some people just have funny bones. Eleanor Tiernan is one of them. The Irish comedian deadpans her way through her ninth Fringe show with a beautifully-perfected combination of gawkiness and guile.The prima donna performer trope is turned on its head when she kicks off by thanking her audience and acknowledging...

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 116 days ago

After a highly entertaining exchange with some latecomers, Eleanor Tiernan trots charmingly through the disappointments, frustrations and joys of modern life. Slightly meandering at times, what ties it together are the generational tensions which have loomed large on Tiernan’s horizon since she began sharing a house with millennials in London...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 120 days ago

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.   ...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 129 days ago

A contrarian and even idiot savant, Eleanor Tiernan's persona is that of a pity object for friends and family, but with flashes of wisdom that make her seem like the disregarded holy fools of yore. Achieved with brilliantly original, logic askew epiphanies, she grabs you with a laugh, then gradually...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 131 days ago

Eleanor Tiernan has become almost the quintessential Free Fringe act, having graced such venues for over a decade now.  For the last few years she’s made the Banshee Labyrinth her August home.  This consistency extends to her comedy which is light in risk-taking but rich in dexterous little observations of...

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