“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”
“Murphy’s amateur radio ham (Mistress MacKenzie) from a remote corner of Scotland is an oddball delight!”
British Comedy Guide
Please come chat with me on twitter @KearaPatricia
Chat with Mistress MacKenzie @MistressMacKenz
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!
Happily we are now in development for a full series, so please check back here in the New Year to get the latest chat. Meantime you can follow Mistress MacKenzie here on Twitter @MistressMacKenz
My character comedy monologue series
THE SHARK’S MOUTH
Which aired last year, written and performed by me and
Produced by Gus Beattie for The Comedy Unit
Can be heard here on BBC Radio Scotland iPlayer
Here are the clips:
LISTEN HERE: Mistress MacKenzie
Mistress is an elderly woman who lives in the remotest part of Scotland, Strathbungle. She runs a small dairy farm and a possibly haunted guest house, The Midgie View.
In an attempt to somehow communicate with the outside world, she has set up an old Ham radio in her Garden Shed, where she broadcasts home school lessons to the children of the isolated communities. However, her knowledge on life is drawn from folklore, fairy tales, the gossip in the village and the angry Old Testament.
Given this, her lessons are bordering on child abuse.
For some more of her utter nonsense follow Mistress here on twitter:
“I love Mistress MacKenzie”
BBC Radio Scotland
The Culture Studio
Mistress MacKenzie and her flying squirrel, Archie!
LISTEN HERE: Katie
Katie is a smart, successful, funny woman with crockery to die for. A nice companion would make her life complete. She is tired of dating drunks and freaks, so in an desperate attempt at finding love she joins a dating website.
It does not go well.
LISTEN HERE: Donatella Pringle (with Eva Vaskova)
Donatella Pringle is a tour guide for 30+ singles holiday company, Last Chance. However, after a spot of romantic turbulance, Donatella finds herself once again single. Today, as she meets her new tour group, will she be able to separate the professional from the personal.
LISTEN HERE: Grainne O’Grady (and Mammy)
Grainne O’Grady is a Glaswegian-Irish nurse, she works in Accident and Emergency in The Glasgow Royal. She would absolutely love to find love but at 47 she has never even had a boyfriend. So, Mammy O’Grady encourages her daughter to make a video for YouTube so as to introduce her to the widest aray of single men.
Cue Cringe Comedy.
Review of 2007 Fringe Show: Little Love Affairs
Fresh Air (Archived) http://www.freshair.org.uk/news/2007/08/20/review_keara_murphy
“Keara Murphy’s show is a character-based comedy show dealing with four women and their perceptions of love and men. Poignantly funny in places, dark and sinister in others, Murphy moves skilfully from one character to another with ease and interweaves the story of an Irish woman looking for love, a repressed tennis club president, a Glaswegian harridan and a failed nightclub singer (who is humorously, constantly interrupted by the club announcer). The stories’ endings lead to a whole new set of questions and possibilities for the characters, and it is to Murphy’s credit as an actress and comedian that she makes us care about what happens to them after she leaves the stage. A very good piece from a wonderful performer.”
Kate Copstick for The Scotsman – Little Love Affairs – Fringe 2007
“Murphy is a great character actress whose comic creations go beyond the one-dimensional sketches; they live – and make you laugh and cry. I urge you to see this show.“
Silver Scream, Fringe 2002
“Murphy seems to act 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”