She’s been sorting out Cork’s problems for ages in the pages of this newspaper and, this weekend, she is going public.
Bringing a colourful cast of characters with her, Ask Audrey is making her first public appearance at this weekend’s Cork Podcast Festival on the stage at the Kino.
It’s safe to say that despite her new surroundings, Audrey won’t hold back when it comes to dishing out her brazen brand of guidance, whether that includes tips on how to cope when you catch something from a Tipperary GAA player (she’s still got the empty antibiotics bottle...), or answering key questions like what is more important: Greta Thunberg or a 192 Range Rover, and how big a danger ‘Norry flu’ is.
As well as some familiar faces — or voices — the crew will be joined by newcomer You So Wish Like, a social media influencer who may not be all that she seems.
Voiced by comedian Laura O’Mahony, best known for her work with Cork comedy troupe CCC Cahoots, You So Wish Like is from Turner’s Cross, though she’s been masquerading as being from Monkstown to increase her followers.
She has enlisted the help of a fake boyfriend to fend off unwanted attraction from elsewhere, though she may have to ditch him soon — he only has 2,000 followers after all.
But, it isn’t all bad: You So Wish Like is a regular at the opening of DIY shops and has picked up a stack ofvacuum cleaner bags in payment for her hard work.
For Laura, the part was a no brainer.
“They needed someone to fill the part and it seems that my voice just fit,” she said.
It is the next step in a big run for Laura, who is playing her biggest solo show early next year, performing ‘Laura O’Mahony: The People’s Princess’ at the Everyman Theatre next March.
She has promised not to perform if the show isn’t sold out so it might be wise to pick up those tickets.
As for this weekend, the cast is hard at work preparing for the show.
Ask Audrey, voiced by the Irish Examiner’s life/style editor Esther McCarthy, will be joined by Dan Paddy Andy voiced by Pat Fitzpatrick, Dowcha Donie voiced by Dave MacArdle, Lord Edmund voiced by Kilian Pettit, and Monica voiced by Emer O’Mahony.
Doors at the Kino open at 12.30pm and Ask Audrey will start dishing out her advice at 1pm as part of a double bill that includes the Life Hustle Podcast, in conversation with Da Silly Heads.
The Life Hustle podcast is presented by businesswomen Emer O’Mahony and Vivienne Kelly with the purpose of using social media for social good and to present a more authentic viewpoint of everyday life through conversations with their guests.
Visit www.corkpodcastfestival.com for information on this and other events taking place as part of the Cork Podcast Festival, which runs from Friday,October 11 until Sunday,October 13.