Alison Spittle

Alison Spittle is an Irish comedian, comedy writer, radio producer and actress.[2][1][3][4] She has worked for iRadio,[1] RTÉ Radio 1[1] and Newstalk[5] and created sketches for Republic of Telly and has written and starred in her RTÉ Two sit-com Nowhere Fast in 2017.[2][6][7][8] She is the host and creator of the Alison Spittle Show podcast hosted by headstuff.org.[3][9][10][6][2][11]

Alison Spittle
Born1989[1]
Harrow, London
NationalityRepublic of Ireland

Early life

Spittle was born in Harrow, London.[12][1] Spittle's father was a builder.[1][12][6] The family moved frequently, including to Dresden, Germany before moving to Spittle's mother's ancestral home of County Westmeath, Tyrrellspass, Mullingar and finally Ballymore at age 8.[1][12][13][6][14][14] She attended secondary school in Moate.[14]

Career

Graduating from college in Dublin,[2] Spittle moved back to Westmeath where she worked as a researcher for iRadio with comedian Bernard O'Shea.[1][12][6] She began working in comedy, supporting PJ Gallagher.[12] This led to her participation in So You Think You're Funny's Irish heats, qualifying for rounds in Edinburgh.[1][14] She got a guest spot on the "Happy Hour" section of the John Murray Show RTÉ Radio 1 from this success.[1]

Her comedy shows have included Alison Spittle Needs an Agent, Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii (2015),[12][14] and Worrier Princess (2017).[2][12] She has performed at the Edinburgh and Dublin fringe festivals,[12] as well as The Forbidden Fruit and Cork Comedy festivals.[13][2]

Spittle wrote and starred in web comedy shorts for RTÉ Two, and in sketches for Republic of Telly with Kevin McGahern.[2][14] In 2014 Spittle took part in an RTÉ 2 pilot for Choose or Lose, a panel show hosted by Eoghan McDermott of 2FM, with contestants Fred Cooke, Bryan Quinn, Keith Farnan, Aaron Heffernan and Georgia Salpa.[15]

She was a regular contributor to The Right Hook with George Hook on Newstalk.[2][5]

She appeared in the 2019 comedy film Extra Ordinary.


Nowhere Fast

In 2017, she co-wrote six-part sitcom Nowhere Fast with her boyfriend Simon Mullholland.[2][14][6] The series was directed by Simon Gibney.[6] The show sees Angela (played by Spittle) moving back down to Ballybeag in the midlands, having lost her job on a radio show in Dublin following a high profile libel case.[16] The series began in November 2017, and was generally well received by critics and viewers.[6][7][8]

References

  1. "'I don't want 9 to 5!'". Westmeath Examiner. 9 September 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  2. O'Byrne, Ellie (5 September 2017). "How Alison Spittle deals with her anxiety through stand-up comedy". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 11 September 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  3. "The loves of my life: Comedian Alison Spittle". Life. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  4. Martin, Alison (24 July 2015). "Fancy a laugh? Get down to the garden party". Irish Daily Mail. p. 32. Retrieved 29 November 2017 via InfoTrac Newsstand.
  5. Slattery, Laura (2 August 2016). "All in the chemistry as Irish radio hopes for sparks". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 November 2017.(subscription required)
  6. Freyne, Patrick (11 November 2017). "Alison Spittle: 'If you're friends with a mad bastard, that's your cross to bear'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 November 2017.(subscription required)
  7. Cashin, Rory (13 November 2017). "It seemed like everyone tuned in for RTÉ's new comedy Nowhere Fast, and everyone loved it". Joe.ie. Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  8. "Everyone fell in love with the outrageous Mary on Alison Spittle's Nowhere Fast last night". DailyEdge.ie. 14 November 2017. Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  9. McGuire, Erin (1 February 2016). "Sharon Horgan: The divorce industry feeds off people at the worst time of their lives". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 November 2017.(subscription required)
  10. Bodger (7 April 2016). "The Alison Spittle Show". Broadsheet.ie. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  11. Griffin, Sarah Maria (16 March 2017). "Ireland Now: nine of the best Irish podcasts There has never been a better time to tune in to this growing community of talented people". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 November 2017.(subscription required)
  12. Valentine, Aoife (4 April 2016). "Alison Spittle: 'I just tried stand-up like you would try abseiling'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 November 2017.(subscription required)
  13. O'Grady, Sean (9 November 2017). "'You can get on with him and you can be shocked with what he said' – Comedian Alison Spittle on George Hook". Evening Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  14. Ward, James (3 May 2013). "Crawl to the Front – Camden weekend takes centre stage". Irish Daily Mirror. p. 2. Retrieved 29 November 2017 via InfoTrac Newsstand.
  15. Murphy, Eoin (28 March 2014). "Eoghan hopes RTE2 will choose not lose new show". Irish Daily Mail. p. 33. Retrieved 29 November 2017 via InfoTrac Newsstand.
  16. "Platinum couple;". Sunday Times. 19 November 2017. p. 56. Retrieved 29 November 2017 via Academic OneFile.
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