I have recently been cast in a brand new sitcom for CBBC Television – details of which will be announced here shortly…
I am currently writing a brand new character comedy show for BBC Radio Scotland and produced by The Comedy Unit, which will be aired later this year: Mistress MacKenzie & Friends.
See also: Mistress MacKenzie on Twitter
I am currently appearing in my own brand new character monologue series, The Shark’s Mouth, written and performed by me and produced by The Comedy Unit for BBC Radio Scotland. It was also aired on Christmas Day 2013 as part of Christmas Crackers - a round-up of the best bits from across the year.
You can listen to some clips here:
“That was absolutely fantastic; I’ll have to listen to that again later!”
BBC Radio Scotland Culture Studio
“Keara Murphy is great character actress whose comic creations go beyond the one-dimensional sketches; they live, and make you laugh and cry“
In February this year I was included in the Top 10 Most Eligible Women in Scotland list in Scotland on Sunday. I then got to perform a set on Dating and Romance at the glamorous Eligibles Party and mingle with some of Scotland’s finest movers and shakers from the world of business, politics, sports, theatre, radio, television, education and arts. Which was nice.
And towards the end of last year The List included me in their list of
Top 5 Female Comedians
I am a comedian, actor, writer, impressionist, voice-over artist, after-dinner speaker, Burns enthusiast, strumpet, cocktail quaffer, socialite, sometimes hermit (well, I have to write), bon vivant and clown.
Here’s a clip of me in action live at The Stand, Edinburgh - then at Sidesplitters, Irvine
“Her motormouth delivery makes Ben Elton look like Stephen Hawking“
I have performed Stand Up in all the major comedy clubs in the UK including The Comedy Store, The Stand, The Frog & Bucket, The Hyena, The Laughter Lounge, The Belfast Empire, Jongleurs, Highlight, The Gilded Balloon and many, many more.
For more on my stand up comedy career, click here:
Stand Up Comedy
THE LIST TOP FIVE FEMALE COMEDIANS
“She’s Eddie Izzard with less make-up and more Glasgow!”
“Glam and glittery and exudes Glaswegian charm“
I lived in Central Europe for two years where I toured with improv comedy troupe, Scaberet. I also ran my own comedy club, Hungary For Laughter, hosted live television five days a week, wrote a monthly column for Where magazine and was cast in a few small parts in fairly large Hollywood movies – working with Seth Green, Stuart Townsend and Kylie!
Live onstage at Hungary for Laughter in Budapest…
“Electric stage presence; a genuine delight“
I have also appeared on BBC Radio Scotland as a contributor to The Janice Forsyth Culture Studio, The Comedy Cafe, Celtic Connections, MacAuley & Co, Feeling Kind of Funny and
Hardeep At The Stand.
Sketch and character comedy appearances include BBC Radio Scotland’s spoof documentary, PeopleWatch, where I co- hosted in character as Lorraine Kelly; BBC2 Sketch Comedy show, Velvet Soup; and the Hollywood films, The Best Man and Joy Division. I also appeared in an episode of Taggart as a country and western dancer. I did not at any point end up in a body bag – which was nice.
For film clips, click here:
Film & TV
I also guest regularly with a range of my characters on Jo Caulfield’s Comedy Collective at The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh as well as The Speakeasy at The Netherbow Theatre with a range of stories, short plays and comedy monologues.
Other theatre roles included Gertrude in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Anna in Stars in the Morning Sky, Ranyevskaia in The Cherry Orchard, The Emcee in Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, Geilie Duncan in The Devil’s Craft and Kate & Mrs Tovey in Peter Pan Man. I also recently appeared in a new musical-drama, Sinatra – The Final Curtain where I played Sinatra’s last wife, Barbara.
I am also a regular cast member on Lach’s Antihoot Radio Show where I play a wide range of characters each week. Past incarnations have included a radical feminist, an old lady with Tourette’s, a little girl guising at Hallowe’en and a woman giving birth using only a birthing clown for pain relief.
Other roles at The Antihoot have included Jo Frost from Supernanny, a young male comedian called Snudge doing his first ever gig and many, many regular character appearances as the favoured character, Mistress MacKenzie, who is also currently appearing on BBC Radio Scotland
as part of The Shark’s Mouth series.
In this monologue she talks about Finding Love.
Mistress MacKenzie made a further appearance on BBC Radio Scotland in January 2014 with Dabster Production’s Feeling Kind of Funny series – recorded before a live audience at
The Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh.
In this monologue, she talks about Depression.
“I love Mistress MacKenzie“
BBC Radio Scotland
Mistress MacKenzie has now been commissioned for her own radio show: Mistress MacKenzie and Friends,
which will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland later this year, and is produced by Gus Beattie, for The Comedy Unit.
If you are a fan, you can follow Mistress MacKenzie on Twitter
for some more nonsense and scone recipes…
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
I have produced seven solo shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and hosted a number of other shows throughout the year.
For more on my stand up comedy career, and the various shows and press features and reviews, click here:
Stand Up Comedy
I am a professional Burns Speaker and recite a range of his poems including To A Mouse, To A Mountain Daisy, To A Louse and The Address to The Haggis. I also do my own speeches for The Response on behalf of The Lassies and The Immortal Memory
“Intelligent Burns banter“
My Brand new Burns-inspired one-woman show, Keara Murphy: Mice & Women is a modern feminist parallel of the Robert Burns poem To A Mouse. It made its debut at The Big Burns Supper in Dumfries in January 2014, toured to the Burns An’ A’ That Festival in May 2014. And will be appearing at The Alloway Burns Festival in January 2015 and then touring.
See more on on my relationship with Robert Burns here:
Burns Supper Comedian
“Keara brings a warmth and enthusiasm with her;
not to mention a deep knowledge and passion for Robert Burns“
Scottish Licence Trade Association
Corporate Events Host and Speaker
I am also booked regularly for corporate events, after-dinners, sports clubs, black tie balls and celebratory parties.
See more here:
I am often called upon to host large outdoor family events. Recent engagements have included The Race For Life, The Little Lantern Parade, The Rose Street Festival and The Santa Fun Run. Other large gigs include charity work for Help for Heroes, Twestival (for St Columbus Hospice) and Teenage Cancer Trust. And Benevolent Foundation Scotland, for The Licence Trade Association.
For more on my charity work, see here:
I’m also a voice-over artist, an impressionist and do a wide range of character voices…
” A talent for impersonations which is quite outstanding“
Edinburgh Evening News
“A veritable comedic jukebox“
I have written eight one-hour shows, three one-act plays, two three-act play and several mini-plays. I write stand up, sketches, short stories and a monthly blog. I also micro-blog on Facebook and Twitter
Follow me on facebook here: Keara on Facebook
You can follow me on Twitter here: Keara on Twitter
I have also published a few journalistic articles:
Keara Murphy: Flypaper For Freaks
Here is my blog with links to other published articles: