Hello and welcome to my carefully hand-crafted website. This page will give you a full overview of my many talents along with a flavour of some of the artisitc projects I have been involved with in recent months, along with highlights of my career so far.
Thank you for visiting; enjoy the tour!
“Keara Murphy is great character actress whose comic creations go beyond the one-dimensional sketches; they live, and make you laugh and cry“
“The List’s Top 5 Female Comedians”
Please come chat with me on twitter @KearaPatricia
I’ve had such a wonderful year. Earlier this year I was cast in the popular sitcom, Millie Inbetween for CBBC Television, which aired on BBC1 in October 2014. Dates for the second series will be announced shortly.
My own brand new character comedy sketch show, Mistress MacKenzie and Friends, recently aired on BBC Radio Scotland and was produced by The Comedy Unit. If you missed it, do not fret! You can hear the show again 30th December 2014. – Don’t say we are not good to you!
My first character comedy mini-series, The Shark’s Mouth, aired in 2013. It was 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
I am currently in Top 10 Most Eligible Women in Scotland list compiled by Scotland on Sunday (Yes, I’m still single! But, before you ask, I’m fussy not desperate!) I performed a set on Dating and Romance at the glamorous Eligibles Party and mingled with some of Scotland’s finest ‘movers and shakers’ from the world of business, politics, sports, theatre, radio, television, education and arts. It was such a fantastic night and I made loads of new friends.
I am a comedian, actor, writer, impressionist, voice-over artist, after-dinner speaker, Burns enthusiast, strumpet, cocktail quaffer, socialite, bon vivant and clown.
Here’s a clip of me in action live at The Stand, Edinburgh – then at Sidesplitters, Irvine
(NEW SHOWREEL APPEARING HERE SHORTLY)
“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’s 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!
For more on my TV and Film career see here.
“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
Live 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. Thankfully, I did not at any point end up in a body bag
For film clips, click here:
Film & TV
I also guest regularly with a range of my characters on The Edinburgh 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 was 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 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 you can hear on BBC Radio Scotland
as part of my series, The Shark’s Mouth.
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 now has her own radio show:
Mistress MacKenzie and Friends,
which was first broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland in October and will be repeated on 30th December 2014. This was 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 eight solo shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and host a number of other shows throughout the year.
“Edinburgh’s Comedy Goddess”
“Murphy acts with 100mph hilarity with her electric stage-presence and her host of characters and sketches. Her show purportedly covers the history of motion pictures but somehow manages to squeeze in a Weakest Link- Style Film Noir competition, a ‘Name-That-Quote’ round, a Wizard of Oz-style sing-a-long and a celebrity puppet show. This magnificent production is a genuine delight and Murphy’s charisma so exuberant that I even found myself singing along at one point. Go and see this show right now; you won’t regret it”
For more on my stand up comedy career, and the various press features and reviews linked to shows see 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. Recent work has included Montrose Roselea JFC Ladies Dinner, Inverness Caledonia Thistle Annual Ball, Watson Collage Rugby Club Dinner, Scottish Licence Trade Association Ladies Luncheon.
See more here:
I am often called upon to host large outdoor family events. Recent engagements have included Over The Wall Festival for NHS Scotland, Headspace Festival of Sharing, The Race For Life, The Little Lantern Parade, The Rose Street Festival and The Santa Fun Run.
Speaking live on STV
Other large events include charity work for Help for Heroes, Twestival for St Columbus Hospice. Teenage Cancer Trust and Benevolent Foundation Scotland, for The Licence Trade Association.
For more on my charity work, see here:
Onstage at Headspace Festival
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”
“Close your eyes and Lorraine Kelly is in the room.“
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: