Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A 27-YEAR-OLD Leighlinbridge man is searching for old Irish stories and legends so he can use them as material for his podcast, Sh*te talk: an Irish history podcast.

Jason Brennan is living in Austin, Texas, where he’s working as a film-maker and cameraman by day and as a stand-up comedian by night. The talented journalism graduate says that comedy is his dream job and has already done gigs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Comedy Store in Los Angeles as well as other countries around the world.

Jason is fully immersed in his life in Austin, which he describes as “creative and super- liberal”.

“There is a cool film scene and an amazing music scene here,” he said, adding that he was born and raised in Leighlinbridge, the son of Anne and Seamus Brennan. After graduating with a journalism degree from DCU, he worked for several years as an entertainment and sports reporter for Off The Ball.ie, Balls.ie and Entertainment.ie before he landed a job in a film company in Austin. At night, he’s busy building his career as a comedian, performing to audiences in his adopted city.

“Comedy is my dream job,” revealed Jason.

He and his good friend and fellow comedian, Dundalk’s own Kevin Larney, research, write and perform the Sh*te talk podcast and so far have broadcast two ten-episode series. They’re now working on the third series and are looking for material that could be adopted into funny, entertaining broadcasts. So far, the podcast has had 10,000 listens, with people from all over the world tuning in.

“We have people listening in Iran, Germany, Portugal and America. We have one person who listens in a submarine in the Baltic Sea. He listens to us as he’s holed up in his cabin; I don’t know how he manages the wi-fi!” laughed Jason.

Jason and Kevin almost have the third series ready to go and are looking for material, sponsorship and listeners! If you would like to listen to the podcasts, just look up Sh*te talk: An Irish history podcast.

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By Elizabeth Lee
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