Eleanor Tiernan is a stand up comedian, writer and actress known for her uniquely oblique world view. She was recently a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz and Where’s the F In News? as well as BBC NI on The Blame Game. Her stand up has featured on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience and led her to be chosen as support act for top stand up comics including Stewart Lee, Tig Notaro, Ardal O’Hanlon, Jason Manford, Jason Byrne and Reg D Hunter among others.
After starting her career in Ireland Eleanor quickly was invited to the Montreal Just For Laughs festival where she performed on the festival’s New Faces showcase show with such talents as Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel and Kumail Nanjani. She later became part of the political satire team that produced RTE’s successful Irish Pictorial Weekly. One of her court reporter sketches which went viral is often mistaken for a real news report. She plays Dolores in Bridget and Eamon which airs on RTE and UK Gold.
Eleanor has penned 8 Edinburgh Fringe festival shows. Her 2017 show “People Pleaser” put her on the Sunday Times list of Top Ten Female Stand Ups To Watch. In 2018 she performed in New Order, the Melbourne International Comedy festival showcase for UK and Irish acts. She returns to Melbourne in 2019 with her latest show “Success Without A Sextape”.
Eleanor writes Op-Ed pieces for the Irish Times in Ireland. She also played Mary in a critically acclaimed run of “Alone It Stands” in theaters across Ireland.
Her other credits include Monumental (BBC NI), The Craig Doyle Show (RTE), Headwreckers (Channel Four), Stand and Deliver (RTE), The Panel on RTE, The Craig Doyle Show (RTE), The Savage Eye (RTE), Republic of Telly (RTE) and Bad Language (BBC Radio Scotland).
“Tiernan boasts a magnificent curl in her lip and snarl in her voice.”SUNDAY TIMES
“her routines have a touch of whimsy while grounded in astute observation. It means her set sounds fresh and original, without being so wilfully strange it will alienate all but the most dedicated followers.” CHORTLE
“The fastest-rising comedy talent in the country” IRISH TIMES
“Eleanor Tiernan is far and away the best comic actress I have seen on stage.” HOT PRESS IRELAND
“What a distinctive, inspired comic mind she possesses” Scotsman