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 writes features for The Irish Times and is working on her second book of essays, due to be published by Hachette in the fall of 2015.
Maeve has just recorded a radio pilot for BBC Radio 4 and written a TV pilot for BBC 1, produced by Chris O’Dowd.
This summer, her radio documentary Valentine’s Bones won a bronze medal at The New York Radio Festival.
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. 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.
Press quotes (stand-up, book and TV work)
“Maeve Higgins is rarer than a blessing of unicorns … she is original and relatively calm, her observations are pithy, her wit delicate, her persona oddly alluring and deftly honest”
The Irish Times, 2010
“Throughout the whole hour, the room is filled with laughter at Maeve’s risqué and highly intelligent act”
The Irish Independent
“An antidote to the ‘lazy shock stuff’ of comedy”
The List (Scotland)
“A charming and iconoclastic Irish stand-up”
The Age (Australia)
“Deadpan, low-energy, but quietly wonderful”
Reaction to ‘We have a good time…don’t we?’
Maeve was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Irish Book Awards, 2012
“This is a really funny, really natural, really gifted writer – a terrific debut”
Kevin Barry, author of City of Bohane
“I love Maeve Higgins’ writing. The surreal world she describes with such wit and wisom is strangely recognisable”
Joseph O’Connor, author of the bestselling novel, The Star of the Sea
“Whatever Higgins writes about, from family and flat-sharing, to hen nights and Michael Fassbender, she celebrates the absurdity of life. Higgins has stamped her own style onto this genre. These personal essays are both sharp and funny.”
The Irish Examiner
“Maeve Higgins’ star has steadily risen over the past decade – a fan of surrealist, absurdist humour, shot through with sturdy Cork pragmatism, Higgins uses her first book to chat away at the reader about everything and anything that takes her fancy. Although much of it is laugh-out-loud funny (I felt particularly sorry for the poor friend who invited her on a hen night), there are moments of surprising pathos too – Higgins knows what it’s like to fail at the biscuits tin and look longingly at the guy who never sees her. Buy it and feel better about life.”
The Sunday Business Post
“Like a Shakespearian court Jester, her daftness masks perceptive truth-telling”
Sunday Times review of We Have a Good Time, Don’t We
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