More than 250 Liveline fans flocked to The Carraig Hotel last week to enjoy a good laugh with broadcaster Joe Duffy and his “Funny Friday” team of comedians.
The popular end-of-week comedy show went on tour to Carrick-on-Suir and the ballroom of the town’s hotel was packed to capacity for the radio broadcast, which took place last Thursday as Liveline wasn’t on air on Good Friday.
Joe Duffy spent most of the morning out and about around Carrick-on-Suir working on the final filming session of the Local Heroes television series about the town’s Golden Years Discount Days scheme.
For the Liveline gig, he donned a smart bow tie and went into showman mode acting as compere for the show’s sketches, impersonations, skits and funny ditties taking swipes at topical issues like the Property Tax and lampooning politicians and public figures from President Michael D Higgins to Mary O’Rourke.
While it was a radio show, panto queen June Rogers dressed in a dazzling blue soldier stage costume for the benefit of The Carraig Hotel audience. She was joined on the show’s line-up by other Funny Friday comedy stalwarts such as Sil Fox and Brendan “Doc” Savage.
While the show was primarily about putting a smile on radio listeners faces, Carrick-on-Suir was mentioned and promoted a lot and spot prizes sponsored by local businesses were given out to lucky audience members.
Mags Flynn, Eileen Cooke and Maria Galvin travelled from Waterford to watch the show. “We just want a good laugh, we need it,” they said.
Arthur O’Malley from Clonmel approached Duffy as he was preparing to go on air and shook his hand. He told The Nationalist he was a contributor to his show and just wanted to come and see him i n action.
“He tells us what is happening in the country and at least we have a voice through his show, “he said.
Joe Duffy said he had received a really warm reaction from the people of Carrick-on-Suir he had met last Thursday and during his visits to the town since he began filming the Local Heroes programme in January.
Liveline had been invited to broadcast its Funny Friday show from the town and they were more than willing to oblige, he said. Mr Duffy praised the management and staff of The Carraig Hotel for being so accommodating and helpful. “They have been absolutely amazing,” he said.