An Audience with May McFettridge
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I’ll go over to the Fortwilliam Golf Club for an hour, have a few beers and let Brenda (his wife) and the rest of them cook and get out of their way. George Jones introduces a night of the best of Northern Irish stand-ups for an evening of pure comedy heaven. It is 36 years since May McFettridge burst onto Ulster’s entertainment scene, a gap-toothed, pop-sock wearing wee woman from north Belfast, with trowelled on make-up and a tongue so sharp it could strip paint off Stormont’s walls.
It is almost 40 years since May McFettridge burst onto Ulster’s entertainment scene, a gap-toothed, pop-sock wearing wee woman from north Belfast, with trowelled on make-up, racy innuendoes and pure ‘Norn Iron’ wit. Recently I read somewhere that it would be possible to live on oranges and Guinness for the rest of your life - but they don't say how long your life would be! Linehan invented the name and the character by ad libbing — the first name being that of his mother-in-law and the surname being that of an Antrim hurler by the name of Olcan McFettridge, whose exploits in a National Hurling League game had made headlines in a local newspaper, which happened to be beside Linehan when put on the spot. You wouldn’t believe it, we get 12 days to rehearse, and the final day is our dress rehearsal for an invited audience,” he said, adding some of the days are “13-hour long to really push it out”.If you don’t have time to tune in right now, you can listen to today’s show on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast or your favourite podcast app. We have been before for the usual panto outing to the GOH but I have to say that this year surpassed all previous performances. But I'm not one for drinking in the house, only on Christmas Day, and even then I have two shows the day before Christmas Day and two on Boxing Day so there's no point in having a hangover. In my game you are not working five days a week unless you are doing panto and then that's six days a week for eight weeks. Chance our arm and look for that encore career that is within us, that will if unleashed enable us to be the best we could be, whilst we outlive our days in this world.
That made me wonder; why don't we look at what we do everyday in our working lives and seek to understand our hidden talents. The three-week series of shows featuring Jimmy and three fellow Northern Ireland comedians ended at the Island Arts Centre on Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn. She was on local radio and television and then her big break came when she appeared with Jimmy Cricket in Robinson Crusoe at the Opera House in 1991. Born, dragged up and still living in Belfast, May McFettridge is the greatest and most recognised character act in Northern Ireland and is loved by her public and peers alike. Following 30 years of performing pantomime, May’s operatic debut is as the role of Frosch the Jailer in Die Fledermaus.For too long now, a trend has emerged where people pay no interest to the support act or acts opening the leading performer.