April 7th, 2014 · Comments Off
Doing spots at these shows in the coming weeks
tuesday april 8th http://sweetcomedy.com
thursday april 10th http://brokelyn.com/event/myrtle-comedy/2014-04-10/
monday april 14th Night Train with Wyatt Cenac
THEN am going on tour with the great Dave Hill to London, Norway, Holland and Sweden or something – dates below
Tickets are free for all performances of Fancy Meeting You Here, but please send us an email at email@example.com to reserve your space.
FANCY MEETING YOU HERE
April 25 – British Museum, London – 19:00
April 26 – Tate Modern, London – 16:00
April 29 – Moderna Museet, Stockholm – 18:30
May 1 – Norsk Folkemuseum, Bygdøy, Oslo -13:00.
May 4 – Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – 14:00
April 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off
1. I learned from the best.
I did some background reading and discovered that many of my heroes were obsessed with their thighs. Nelson Mandela apparently made his ‘long walk to freedom’ primarily to tone up his inner thighs. The real reason Gandhi went on hunger strike? I think we all know the answer to that.
2. I use them a lot, pretty much every day.
When I need to get from A (my house where I’ve run out of coconut milk) to B (my local C-town where they sell coconut milk so cheaply you just know the coconuts used were not allowed to roam free) how do you think I do it? I walk. And I’m not ashamed to say I’m your classic tetrapod vertebrate, so without my thighs, I could not walk.
3. Can’t run with them, can’t run without them
My thighs also allow me to run, which I do, even when I don’t want to. I feel furious a lot of the time while I’m running, but mingled with the running rage are flashes of feeling powerful and lucky, particularly if I’m running up steps or short hills or chasing someone. And that last one doesn’t just go for elderly ladies, at times I have chased a 32 year old man and beat him. Beat him so badly his dental records lead the cops to believe he was Shane McGowan . ***LIE ALERT*** I didn’t physically beat him, but I did win the race.
4. They keep my legs together.
Not in a Catholic contraception type way — I mean they literally hold my legs together. The vastus medialis, specifically, stabilises my patella. Patella is a rice dish with seafood and chicken in it, nicely flavoured with tumeric, which originated in Spain and is also known as kneecap. Another muscle that makes up my quads is the rectus femoris, which attaches to the ilium making it a goddamn hip flexor on top of everything else! For jumping, for squatting, my goodness! So handy. How could I hope to dance and do it (sex) real good without my hip flexors? Like a mannequin? Cold and unmoving like Edith in ‘Stoner’ (except for that one weird time when she wanted to get pregnant)? No. Gracias — pero no.
5. Thigh roll: Models.
I used to look at famous women in magazines and compare my thighs to theirs. This is known as ‘being boring’ and also ‘being bonkers’. Now, I look to other sources — a pair of thighs really floating my boat these days belongs to a guy I’ll call Liam. He’s got an amazing range of motion, great flexibility, he can do the happy baby yoga pose in the most beautifully perfect way. Maybe that’s because he is a happy baby! Boom — straight outta left field — I am talking about my nephew! I love him and his perfect, chubby legs so much! I would never say or think cruel things about them, so why would I say or think cruel things about my own legs? (Rhetorical question– please, for the love of Internet, do not answer)
6. Simple mathematics
Thunder Thighs x 2 = Lightening Vagina x 1
Have you ever spent time with a person who thinks a lot about how to make their thighs smaller/thinner/less/better/tinier/with a tunnel in between? They’re usually not very interested in anything else, or else they’re pretending to be while secretly thinking about their thighs the whole time.Science tells us people who are comfortable with their thighs are much better company than those who are not. They are more fun, interesting and interested. ‘Science’ is the nickname I’ve given my opinion. Science also states that if you cease hating your thighs you’ll be happier and more useful to the world.
April 1st, 2014 · Comments Off
Lion cake by Lilly Higgins
It was my birthday a week ago and I’m only just recovering. Not from a hangover or an entire cake shaped like a lion’s head. I didn’t drink any liquor or eat any lion. I had ‘a quiet one’. By ‘quiet one’ I don’t mean the weird child at the back of class who collects plastic bags, no. I mean I got up, had breakfast, went to the bank, frowned at a man for chewing too loudly on the bus, spent the day alone in a new city, pretty content. Or should that be pretty, content? Subjective, none of my business, etc.
Anyway, my mood swung to cautiously toward full-blown happy as the day wore on, wildly so as midnight approached. You see, it was only when my birthday was over that I would find out whether or not my one true birthday wish had been granted.
It had! My wish was granted, granted by the birthday elves. Those little guys materialised in the form of forgetfulness then they penetrated my best friend’s brain and he forgot it was my birthday. Yes he did. Totally forgot. Not a peep out of him all day. I was thrilled. The crux of it is this – there is distance and time between us and last month, I forgot his birthday.
I apologised a million times, called myself all sorts of names, came up with a long list of inexcusably bad excuses. At one stage I believe I blamed climate change. I felt terrible, but now? Not so much. I would not say I feel vindicated, but I do feel relieved. I won the birthday game, or at least got even, which is when both people win. Or in this case when maybe both people lose? I don’t care. Either way, we love each other and it doesn’t matter. The. End.
March 30th, 2014 · Comments Off
It’s 1972 and you’re standing in your kitchen preparing dinner for your husband, when you start to weep uncontrollably. You’re chopping onions for Liver and Onions. Those aren’t your kids’ names, Liver and Onions is actually the name of a really strongly flavoured (gross) meal. You think to yourself ‘Of course I’m crying – it’s the lachrymatory-factor synthase enzyme reacting with the amino acids of the onion converting to sulfenic acids -these darn onions!’ Clever girl, shame you had to give up your job in the university when you got married. But never mind that, can’t you see now, all these years later, that there’s more to it than enzymes and acids?
As you stood there chopping, you probably thought about a kitten at the peak of its cuteness. Five weeks old, sturdy now, well past the blind baby rat stage. Eyes bright blue, wide and doll-like. Not cat-graceful yet, instead scampering about in an adorably mechanical way, with a triangular tail that sticks, impertinently and always, up. As you selected the firmest onion from the net bag, you saw that kitten in a meadow, alert among bluebells, head to the side, watching a Red Admiral flutter by. So far, so exact replica of the poster in my bedroom in 1993, minus the ambivalent ‘Do Your Best’ text.
As you sliced both ends off the onion, and began to peel off the outer layers of skin, you imagined what happened next. The butterfly flits away tinnily humming the refrain ‘On To The Next One’ with reference to flowers. The plucky little adventurer follows, without a glace behind him. Pity, that glance that would have alerted him to the fact that his mother and sister were stretching in the sun, awake now, ready to head home.
Onion rings emerge on the board at your hands, but before you get to dicing, the little kitten’s story unfolds. Urgently and inevitably, you see the little’s guy’s future. Like Keri Russel’s haircut in season two of Felicity – what you see is short and tragic and causes most people to look away. Not you, though. You see it through. You see him gambol on, oblivious to his mother’s worried calls. Further and further he goes, batting at daisies and springing through the long grass. The very grass that obscures him from a panicked mother’s view…
Tears come now. Of course they do – you’ve realised before the kitten has. He slows up, the velvety pad of his front paw injured by a sharp rock. It’s cold now, and the kitten is tired. He mews a little. The sound is carried up and away, unheard by everyone save a single buzzard, wheeling lazily above. The buzzard’s yellow eyes flicker, he circles closer to the ground, listening. The kitten calls and calls, for his Mamma.
That’s why you’re gripping the countertop, bawling your eyes out. To avoid tears while chopping onions, you must simply stop thinking about that lost kitten!
December 26th, 2013 · Comments Off
Happy New Year my sweet honeys!
Here is a quick gig update.
I’m going to New York, New York! The Big Apple Pie. So watch out!
I’m doing a show at The Irish Arts Centre, I mean, Center – as part of The Craic Comedy Festival on Thursday, January 30 2014 at 7:30PM
I am beyond excited – please do come along and see my impression of The Statue of Liberty eating a pretzel?! There will be more stuff too, that’s just what I’ve been working on so far.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
I’m back in Ireland March 1st to beat athletics legend Catrina McKiernan in the PREDA Run for Freedom. You should run too! Register for the PREDA 5k Run
PREDA is an amazing organisation - a Philippines based children’s charity which strives to free children from adult prisons and child exploitation. The PREDA website will tell you more.
LATER THAT SAME NIGHT…MARCH 1st 2014
I’m doing a show in the brilliant comedy venue The Roisin Dubh with one of my favourite comedians in the world – Gearoid Farrelly – every penny of this show goes to PREDA too , we are calling the gig Fun For Freedom. It’s a clever marketing ploy, because it sounds like Run for Freedom. We’re a pair of smart cookies, see? Here’s the link for tickets
Show some love for PREDA yo (that’s the kind of thing I’ll be saying after New York)
PREDA - FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE PHILIPPINES
June 14th, 2013 · Comments Off
KINSALE ARTS FESTIVAL, JULY 12 2013
I’m doing my show ‘We Have A Good Time Now’ in Cork. Not just Cork, Kinsale.
Can’t bloody wait for this! Am totally getting John Dory before the show and I don’t care who knows it. Delighted to be part of this brilliant festival! Loads of legends are taking part too including Kevin Barry, Sonja Kelly and Darina Allen (not in the same show, though that would be amazing) Tickets for my show right here
THE ALTERNATIVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE, EDINBURGH, JULY 10th
Wanna make it to the small screen kid? Then come and try not to look too unhappy at this filming! I’m probably on with some great comedians too.Tickets right here
THE LEVITY COMEDY FESTIVAL, PETERBOROUGH, JULY 19th
This is a festival and it looks like it will be fun. Comedy and those vans with nice food I’d imagine. I’ve never been to Peterborough but look forward to starting my new life there.Tickets right here
THE VODAFONE COMEDY FESTIVAL, DUBLIN, JULY 25/26
Back in DubDub for this great weekend – gigging with Reggie Watts, DOD, Michael Che and more – the bouncers at this event are the nicest in the world too. Tickets right here
March 23rd, 2013 · Comments Off
Some clever scamp has put my entire series of Fancy Vittles from 2009/10 up on youtube. People ask to see it/get it on DVD all the time but RTE aren’t into the idea. So HERE it is online.
February 10th, 2013 · Comments Off
I'm English now!
Q: What are you up to, Higgins?
A: I’m in London for a few months, doing some work.
Q: What work, Higgins?
A: Aaaaammm. Like, writing work, this and that – trying to figure out what to write next. I am reading a lot (currently The Dubliners by old J.J and Londoners by Craig Taylor) and also listening to Frank Ocean almost non-stop, so Lord knows what is going to happen.
Q: And can we see the fruits of your labour, Higgins?
A:Sort of. You can read my Irish Times column, you can listen to Cathal Murray’s show on Sunday mornings to hear my radio diaries.
I’ll be on Comedy Central as part of this Stewart Lee show too. It was taped last year, so I can’t really remember it. I know I forgot the end of one of my routines and also they didn’t have make-up. J.S.
You can get Moone Boy on DVD. It’s a great series, and I’m in it playing a hairdresser. Got chocolate cake that day, will never forget it.
Q: I thought you were a goddamn comedian?
A: I know, sorry. I’m not doing much live stuff at the moment, doing a couple of shows in Dublin in early March, and the odd London one when I need to get something off my sweet rack. Keep an eye on my twitter and live gigs page.
Q: Are you writing another book?
A: I think the answer is yes– but not yet. I am really glad that people are enjoying ‘We have a good time…don’t we?’ Really glad is an understatement actually, what’s happened is I feel a bit more connected to the world because I said what I thought and a few people were like ‘Oh , me too!’ So, thank you for that, it’s wonderful.
November 12th, 2012 · Comments Off
My book launch! This went down in the wonderful Gutter Bookshop on Cow’s Lane in Templebar, Dublin. The genius legend that is Ian Cudmore filmed it, as did the gentle hero Myles O’Reilly and it was edited by the clever wonder Edel McDonnell. Thank you to all who came along on the night. We genuinely did have a good time. FOR ONCE.
October 10th, 2012 · Comments Off
EXTRACTS, EXTRACTS!! READ ALL ABOUT IT…
My book is released on friday the 12th of october. Pretty great news! Unless you are one on my two sisters who’s birthday that is. Heh heh, I get all the attention once again. I win!!
Anyway, I hope you like, no, LOVE , the book. It’s a collection of funny essays. Save yourself a few bob why don’t you, and read some bits for free!
A couple of extracts have been published. One in the Irish Independent, read it right here.
And one on the great site beaut.ie read it right here
Stay cool yo!