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Kevin McGahern says he enjoys working with Joanne McNally as she has 'no filter'

“Even the inventor of hand sanitizer was like ‘f*ck me Joanne McNally has had a great lockdown’ ”

Clodagh Meaney

Kevin McGahern has opened up about working with Joanne McNally on RTE panel comedy show Clear History.

The Cavan man has returned as host of the show for its second season, joined by team captains Joanne McNally and Jason Byrne.

Opening up about working with the Killiney comic, Kevin said she is a lot of fun.

“She’s incredibly open, I think the appeal of Joanne is that she totally reveals herself to the audience and I think that's really attractive to a lot of people," he told sundayworld.com.

“She's got no filter, no guard, she's like ‘this is what I’m like, take me or leave me’ and I think that's quite refreshing especially at a time where everyone's afraid of what to say or afraid of how much of themselves to reveal.”

“And she’s just incredibly funny,” he added.

“I remember seeing her on the Jonathan Ross show and I was like holy sh*t, she knows exactly who she is and that's the hardest thing to do as a comedian - to find your voice and know who you are and she has.”

The 38-year-old’s profile has skyrocketed over the last few years, bringing the Dubliner to a whole new level of stardom.

“At the start of Covid she had two shows booked at Vicar Street, as of Wednesday she has 33 shows,” Kevin said.

“Even the inventor of hand sanitizer was like ‘f*ck me Joanne McNally has had a great lockdown’,” he joked.

When it comes to veteran comedian Jason Byrne, Kevin said he just loves going to work.

“Jason is just a ball of enthusiasm, he loves being around people, he loves being funny with people and he's just so easy to get on with.”

“Jason has been doing comedy for a long, long time so he has an absolute wealth of stories.”

The second season of Clear History is set to premiere on RTE Two tonight.

“Every week we've got two special guests and we explore embarrassing moments from their lives that they wish to just erase from history,” Kevin explained.

Tonight, they’re joined by David McSavage and Catherine Bohart.

“Dave is such a fantastic comedian, and he's very unpredictable. We were actually a bit wary about what he was going to say, ‘cos you've no idea what he's going to come out with, he's a real wild card,” Kevin said.

“He’s produced some of the best sketches ever to come out of RTE hands down, Savage Eye was the best sketch show we ever had, he’s not afraid to be controversial.”

“Catherine Bohart is just blowing up at the moment, she's a brilliant Irish comedian, she's killing it over in England,” he explained.

“It's a nice balance, those two guests.”

But what on earth could convince people to share their most embarrassing moments on television?

Kevin has a theory: “I think people have an inherent desire to talk about things that they are really embarrassed about,” he explained.

“Comedians definitely do, like comedians are constantly mining their past for awful stories because they get laughs out of them.”

“It’s almost like a way of therapy, once you get a laugh from an embarrassing story that’s happened to you it kind of almost makes it worth it.”

“So we're hard wired to share our shame, and then I suppose we try to create an atmosphere where it's very open and you get very surprising stuff from our guests."

Clear History airs on Thursday 17th of February at 10.30pm on RTÉ 2.

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