Spying ambition for X-Files’ fan on her way to Havant

Gr�inne Maguire - wondering if her mam will make it into space.
Gr�inne Maguire - wondering if her mam will make it into space.
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Self-confessed politics ‘nerd’ and pop culture obsessive Gráinne Maguire appears at Havant Comedy Club tomorrow. She writes for Radio 4’s The News Quiz and Now Show.

When did you first realise you were funny?

When I was at primary school I used to get into trouble for distracting the class. I noticed that sometimes what I did made my teacher laugh and I didn’t get in trouble. Sometimes what I did just annoyed her and I got sent out. It was the same naughtiness but got a completely different reaction, so I tried to make sure what I was doing was funny so I got into less trouble. The difference between good attention and bad attention, a thorny issue I’m still grappling with today.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

I think I would make an excellent spy. I’m very good at American accents so maybe I could have joined the CIA or FBI. I watched a lot of The X-Files as a teenager so I’m practically trained anyway. 

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

I warmed up for Ed Miliband once. He was very charismatic and smelled of freshly-baked bread.

Which three things make you laugh?

When I was home last my mam told me about a conversation she and my dad had about space travel. She said she’d love to go, but my dad had decided he couldn’t be bothered. I loved the way she explained it, like it was a genuine possibility Nasa could ring.

Cardinal Burns’s sketch show is the funniest thing on TV.

Gossiping with my friends. For some reason all my friends’ love lives have become dramatic. There have been a lot of twists, a lot of break-ups.

Tell us a joke

You’re your parents’ favourite.

Who’s your biggest hero?

Michelle Obama. She’s beautiful and intelligent and strong. I feel happier just looking at her.

What have you got in the pipeline?

I’m just going to carry on living the dream, being the best person I can be. I’m on level 68 of Candy Crush now, so I’ve got a lot of excitement around me.

Gráinne’s at Havant Comedy Club, The Spring, East Street, at 8pm tomorrow. Headliner will be Stephen Carlin. Tickets: £10 in advance, £11 on the door. Go to thespring.co.uk or call (023) 9247 2700.