ColumnistsDaragh Keany

Catastrophe is short, sweet, crude and brilliant

Catastrophe is short, sweet, crude and brilliant

Anyone who says women are not funny should watch Channel 4’s Catastrophe.

Written by and starring the utterly brilliant Sharon Horgan alongside the equally as good but he-is-not-Irish-so-he-can-feck-off-if-I-am-giving-him-all-the-credit, Rob Delaney. 

It is short, sweet, crude, hilarious, poignant, tragic and brilliant. 

And right there in the middle of it is Bellewstown’s own Sharon Horgan, who is currently topping the ladder of success when it comes to female comics. 

It is a growing band of women who are proving they can cut it with the men. And thank Christ they are here. Growing up in the 1980s gave me an unhealthy disrespect for the female version of comedy. 

An era when Timmy Mallet’s mallet were far more entertaining than some of the highest paid stars of the comedy circuit.

There was the overrated French and Saunders, the never-funny-in-the-first-place Jo Brand, Jenny ‘here is a joke about my vagina’ Éclair, the soporific Victoria Wood and … well … Roseanne Barr. Enough said.

Oh, and before the PC brigade come out – that’s not sexist. That’s just a fact.

However, slowly but surely, thanks to the help of Catherine Tate, Kathy Griffin and Caroline Ahern, the path has been laid down for the current batch of funny ladies to do their thing. 

Sarah Millican, Tina Fey, Aisling Bea and Katherine Ryan spring to mind. Maybe Melissa McCarthy too. 

And then there is their leader, and our hero, Sharon. The star is no longer referred to as Shane Horgan’s brother as her CV gets better and better. Psychobitches on Sky,

Pulling and Dead Boss, both on the BBC, paved the way for Channel 4 to sign her up for Catastrophe. 

It is as good as it gets. It appeals to men and women. It is genius. And Ms Horgan deserves all the credit she gets.