Things You Might Not Know About . . . Aisling Bea
- Brian Donaldson
- 19 September 2014
Some lesser known facts about the Irish comedian
1 Aisling Bea’s late grandfather Micheál O’Suilleabháin was a Gaelic novelist and poet, her grand-aunt Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin is a prolific Gaelic writer and dramatist and her mother is a retired professional flat race jockey.
2 She studied French and Philosophy at Trinity College in Dublin and then trained in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. While at Trinity she became a member of a sketch group called HBAM which came to the Edinburgh Fringe on two occasions. The performing bug had clearly bitten.
3 In 2012 Bea became only the second woman to win So You Think You’re Funny, 20 whole years after Rhona Cameron scooped that crown. But when it comes to the Irish winning said prize, well bejesus, she’s surrounded by them, with Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and David O’Doherty among the previous victors.
4 Bea has, inevitably, had her troubles on Twitter when some over-sensitive souls took comments she made about a particular One Direction member just tagging along for the ride a little too seriously. Bea’s bigger mistake was trying to reason with the offended teenager.
5 She believes that 50% of her personality is caffeine and 29% is made up of potato. ‘Nothing chills out the soul like the comfort of tea and a potato’, she has said as some kind of empirical evidence for these stats.
Drygate Brewing Co, Glasgow, Fri 26 Sep.