Announcing 2019 Hosts

October 1st, 2019
Joanne McNally and Kevin McGahern

With Joanne McNally and Kevin McGathern on hosting duties for the 24th Annual Spider Awards, you know it’s going to be a fun night!

Who is Joanne McNally?

Joanne burst onto the Irish comedy scene in 2014 and in less than a year in the business, she became the co-host on RTÉ 2’s flagship comedy show Republic of Telly, co-wrote and starred in the stage show Separated At Birth a comedy about her adoption and sold out her first ever solo stand up show in Dublin.

An energetic and hilarious performer, she quickly became Ireland’s fastest rising comedy star. Her one-woman autobiographical show Bite Me was nominated for multiple Dublin Fringe Festival awards in 2016 including Best Performer and Best Production and enjoyed a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. Read more

Who is Kevin McGahern?

Originally from Cavan, Kevin first began performing stand up in 2009 before joining the popular television series The Hardy Bucks on RTÉ 2 as Simcard. After featuring in a number of sketches on the show, Kevin took over as host of Republic of Telly, initially alongside Bernard O’Shea and Jennifer Maguire before flying solo in 2015.

As well as performing in the top Irish comedy clubs, in particular the International Bar in Dublin, he has performed in a number of festivals including Galway Comedy Carnival, Forbidden Fruit and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2013, he toured with his show 2 Grown Men alongside fellow comedian Edwin Sammon. 2019 will see him tour Ireland with his solo show, Solo Pollo. Read more

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