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Maeve Higgins

Maeve Higgins is a stand up comedian and writer from Ireland. Maeve studied photography in college. Then one magical March morning in 2004, she discovered her dream life as a stand-up comedian! Her favourite parts are 1. eating in garages late at night and 2. telling strangers personal things.Since then, she has written and performed various shows for festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Kilkenny Comedy Festival, the Eugene Mirman Festival  in New York and the New Zealand International Festival.Maeve starred in Irish broadcaster, RTE’s wildly popular hidden camera show Naked Camera for three series. She feels conflicted about it because although it was very funny, it also involved a lot of strangers’ days being ruined.In 2009/2010 Maeve made her own comedy series for RTE with her sister Lilly called Fancy Vittles’– a comedy cookery show featuring Maeve’s real family and friends. It was a cult hit and the critics loved it, but there was just one series because Lilly went off the idea of being on TV.  Maeve also featured in BBC Radio’s  All of the Planet’s Wonders written by comedian Josie Long.In 2010/2011 Maeve continued to  tour her stand up shows and also made a radio documentary series called Amusing Notes about the relationship between comedy and music for Irish broadcaster Today FM.  She appeared in two episodes of Chris Addison’s(The Thick of it) Show and Tell on the U.K. television station E4. In 2011 she began to write pieces for The Irish Times and The Irish Independent. In December 2012 she was given a column in the weekend Irish Times, where she describes her dream versions of various things.Most of 2012 was taken up with writing, then promoting her first book, a collection of essays entitled  We Have a Good Time...Don’t We? (Hachette Ireland, October 2012). The book was published in mass market paperback in Ireland and the UK in summer 2013.Maeve also appeared in Chris O’Dowd’s (Bridesmaids) comedy series Moone Boy on Sky One and was a guest speaker at TEDx Dublin. In 2013 Maeve lived in London and wrote for The Irish Times and The Irish Post. She also appeared in ‘Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience’ on Comedy Central. In 2014 Maeve moved to New York and performs stand up regularly at UCB and Union Hall. She collaborates with Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Ghosts, Frank) in a monthly show called ‘I’m New Here’ in Brooklyn.  She is writing for The Irish Times and is working on her second book, due to be published by Hachette in the fall of 2015.