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Dublin girlo Comedian and social media star Enya Martin says she gets 'my madness from my ma’

Facebook sensation, and now a movie star, Enya Martin reveals why she’s more than happy to share the spotlight with her hilarious mam, Kathleen.

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Comedian Enya Martin pictured with her mother Kathleen at their home in Clondalkin. Picture: Frank McGrath

Comedian Enya Martin pictured with her mother Kathleen at their home in Clondalkin. Picture: Frank McGrath

Comedian Enya Martin pictured with her mother Kathleen at their home in Clondalkin. Picture: Frank McGrath

Her Facebook videos may have turned Enya Martin into one of Ireland’s brightest young comedy stars — but it’s her mam Kathleen who’s getting all the adulation.

The viral sensation has built up an army of followers all over the world with her hilarious portrayal of the typical Dublin girlo on her ‘Giz a Laugh’ page.

However, it’s her mother’s scene-stealing cameo as the ultimate Dublin Ma in the sketches that’s really raising the roof.

“I think they like me more than her now,” jokes Kathleen, in their first joint chat with Sunday World's Magazine+.

“When she was on in Vicar Street before she brought me out on the stage, I couldn’t get out to go to the loo, I was actually trapped with people saying, ‘Sign this for me, sign that for me’. And then when I got up onto the stage, oh my God, the place screamed.”

Since posting her first video in 2014, Dubliner Enya — a former marketing executive — has amassed a six-figure following and more than 60 million views online, along with a thriving stand-up career.

Speaking from their family home in Clondalkin, however, the 28 year-old says she’s only too happy to share the limelight with her fan favourite mam.

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Comedian Enya Martin with her mother Kathleen.

Comedian Enya Martin with her mother Kathleen.

Comedian Enya Martin with her mother Kathleen.

“I just put her in a couple of my stories one day, and people really liked her,” explains the Clondalkin woman. “She’s just a pure Dublin Mammy, like I think everyone can relate to her.

“I often meet people on nights out and they’re like, ‘I love you but I love your ma more’. She’s a bit mad,” she adds. “We would be very similar, so we do clash a lot, but I get a lot of my sense of humour from her, like my madness.”

“She gets it all from me!” laughs Kathleen. “All my friends love Enya but they do say, ‘Kathleen, it’s you all over, you don’t have to actually act — that’s you’.”

“She does really get it from me, her madness, because actually when I was growing up as well I was real mad. But I wasn’t getting paid for it, that’s the only thing!”

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Talented Enya will be without her wing woman when she returns to the stage at the Galway Comedy Festival next weekend.

And the rising star is still pinching herself as she looks back on her transition from making funny videos on a smartphone in her bedroom to headlining some of the country’s biggest comedy festivals.

“It’s mad,” she exclaims. “It’s flown in. I always used to have the fear that I’d dwindle out and someone better would come along, but no, people are still watching the videos, I’m still selling tickets for shows.

“I remember when I made my first video — I just shut the laptop and ran out of the room and I just didn’t look at social media for a good hour.

“I suppose it has its pros and cons,” she adds of making the nerve-racking leap from virtual comedy to live audiences.

“If your video goes down bad, you can always delete it — I never had to do that, thankfully — but you can’t really hide when you’re on stage. On stage, you have a bad joke, you have to carry on with the show.”

Famed for her characters ranging from snooty influencer Dearbhla to session moth Chanto, now Enya is putting her acting chops to the ultimate test on the big screen in new Irish comedy Deadly Cuts.

Set in a fictional Dublin suburb, and starring Angeline Ball and Victoria Smurfit, it sees a glam group of hairdressers take on the local mob in a bid to save their salon.

“I was quite shocked actually because the director Rachel [Carey] contacted me through Facebook,” tells Enya, who plays Linsey, best pal to stylist-turned-vigilante Stacey (Ericka Roe). “I don’t have an agent or anything. She loved my videos and had a character in mind for me.

“It’s the first movie where I’ve had a more prominent role. You’d be standing in the cold and someone would run over with a jacket and you’d be like, ‘Oh no, it’s OK’ — you’d almost feel bad.”

“I was kind of shocked as well standing there looking at all these stars that I watched in other movies, like Angelina Ball from The Commitments, Pauline McLynn from Father Ted, Laurence Kinlan from Love/Hate. I was a bit star struck.”

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Enya stars as Linsey in new Irish comedy Deadly Cuts, in cinemas now.

Enya stars as Linsey in new Irish comedy Deadly Cuts, in cinemas now.

Enya stars as Linsey in new Irish comedy Deadly Cuts, in cinemas now.

Despite her rising star, Enya reveals she’s not exactly at home on the red carpet, after the film premiered in the capital last week: “It is hard to watch yourself on screen.

“I’m used to watching myself on social media, but to actually be in a cinema and see other people watching the movie, I will feel a bit under the spotlight.

“I’m very introverted, like I hate walking into rooms with loads of people. The only place where I feel completely comfortable is on stage — isn’t it mad?”

Meanwhile, the only critic that matters, her mam Kathleen gives her daughter’s performance the thumbs up.

“To meet her in real life, she’s actually a bit shy,” she agrees. “When she’s on stage she’s completely different.

“I was like, ‘Jesus, that’s not Enya up there’, d’you know what I mean, but she’s just brilliant. We’d have our ups and downs, but I’m so proud of her that she’s doing very well.”

  • Enya Martin plays Galway Comedy Festival on 23 & 24 October. See galwaycomedyfestival.ie

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