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Katherine Lynch
Medium Stand-up and television
Nationality Irish
Years active 1998–present [1]
Genres Satire
Sketch
Notable works and roles Katherine Lynch's Working Girls
Katherine Lynch's Wonderwomen
An Audience with Katherine Lynch
Celebrity Bainisteoir
"Katherine Lynch, The Diddy diddy Dongo Tour, Live in Vicar Street"
Katherine Lynch's Single Ladies.

Katherine Lynch is an Irish "comedienne" and television personality from County Leitrim.

Lynch is known for her 2008 RTÉ Two television series Katherine Lynch's Working Girls, Katherine Lynch's Wonderwomen, in which she plays a variety of unusual characters, An Audience with Katherine Lynch and Katherine Lynch's Single Ladies. She has also participated as a bainisteoir in the second series of the RTÉ One television programme Celebrity Bainisteoir in 2009.

Lynch has a strong following in the Irish gay scene having begun her career there.[2 ]

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Background

Lynch was born in Mohill, County Leitrim.

Career

Lynch began her career as part of the Irish gay scene where she had the stage name Busty Lycra.[3 ] This part of her career included winning Miss Alternative Ireland in 1998 [1] with a show produced by Warren Meyler from County Wexford.[2 ][3 ] [4] [5] Music manager and judge on The X Factor, Louis Walsh was on the judging panel. [1]

Meyler and Lynch adapted their characters for television and produced three shows; Katherine Lynch's Working Girls, Katherine Lynch's Wonderwomen and An Audience with Katherine Lynch.[2 ]

Katherine Lynch's Working Girls was the comedienne's first television series. [4] The three-part series was broadcast on RTÉ Two on Tuesday nights in January 2008.[6] The series featured three of Lynch's characters; Singin' Bernie Walsh, Sheila Sheik and Busty Lycra.[6] The comedian described it as a "hybrid" series, featuring both comedy sketches and interaction with the general public.[6] Darragh McManus of the Irish Independent wrote that it was "in the spirit of the 'comedy of cringe' vein which is so in vogue". [7]

Katherine Lynch's Wonderwomen commenced broadcasting on 20 October 2008.[3 ] It was the first production by WAKA TV, a company established by Lynch and Myler. [5] The six-part series focused on the exploits of four characters, Singin' Bernie Walsh, Sheila Sheik and two new characters, Liz Hurley and Dalkey Dunphy Davenport. [5]

An Audience with Katherine Lynch followed this in December 2008, described by the Irish Independent's John Boland as "an hour-long show in which Katherine Lynch's ego was allowed to run rampant in front of an audience of minor celebrities".[8 ] That show received one of the highest ratings during RTÉ's Christmas season, according to the Sunday Tribune. [9] When an autocue started to roll before filming began, the "RTÉ canteen celebs" in the audience allegedly "froze in terror" when they read the questions Bernie Walsh was due to ask them. [9] Much of the recorded material featuring audience members who "got murdered by Bernie" was not shown on television. [9]

Lynch was a bainisteoir in the second series of Celebrity Bainisteoir in 2009.[2 ] She managed Dromohair GAA in Leitrim, claiming that the passion she felt for her county was her motivation to take part in the show. [10] Dromohair competed against the George Hook-managed Cuala Casements GAA of Dalkey, County Dublin in the tournament's quarter-final. [10] Upon reaching the final, she appeared alongside her opponent Derek Davis on Tubridy Tonight.[11 ]

Lynch has also performed live shows as her characters in Dublin's Vicar Street venue. [1]

On 16 November 2009, Lynch released the DVD of the Diddy Diddy Dongo Tour, Live in Vicar Street, Dublin.

Lynch appeared on The Cafe on January 8, 2010. [12] Her series Katherine Lynch's Single Ladies began later that week, achieving a 29 per cent audience share for its first episode which featured nudity, Lynch's own mother and an encounter with footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. [13]

Characters

Lynch is known for her multiplicity of characters and her confusion over which one is her personal favourite. When asked by the Irish Independent which was her favourite she initially declared it was "like asking a woman to pick her favourite child" but when prompted chose Liz Hurley, described as a "sexually confused small-town girl of 35 who still lives at home with the Mammy, coaches the local ladies' GAA team, plays bass in small-town AC/DC Tribute act 50-50".[3 ] Lynch's other characters include a resurrected version of eighty-foot supermodel Busty Lycra, portrayed as a foot fetish model and porn star from Northern Ireland who returns from Los Angeles when her career is destroyed by a verucca in her own foot.[3 ][6] When Lynch walked down Dublin's Thomas Street in the guise of Busty Lycra, she was stopped on many occasions by people asking for her identity, with some people believing she was Mr Pussy.[6] Lycra featured in Working Girls but was removed from Wonderwomen amidst concerns about perceived rudeness expressed by RTÉ.[3 ] According to the RTÉ Guide (the same publication which fuelled rumours over her relationship with Patrick Kavanagh[3 ]), Bernie Walsh, another of Lynch's creations, is her favourite character.[6] Walsh is a country and western singer with an album, Friends in Hi Aces, featuring songs such as "Start Packin' the Van (Dundalk, Dundalk)", "My Van" and "Stand By Your Van", to sell.[6] The character has even performed on The Late Late Show. [1] Sheila Sheik is a female bellydancer from Tallaght, County Dublin, with an Egyptian husband.[6] Dalkey Dunphy Davenport is a teenage blogger from Ballsbridge who streams live online from her hotel suite in Dublin. [5] Dunphy Davenport is described as "the Peaches Geldof-obsessed mall rat with the orange perma-tan, the fluorescent smile, the 3 inch false eye-lashes and the thousand euro handbag who... 'ooooh my gawd is just loike soooooooo booooored!'". [5]

Personal life

Lynch is from Mohill in County Leitrim.[6] She has claimed repeatedly to have been "nurtured by drag queens".[3 ][6] Her extraordinary genealogical links have seen claims that she is related to everyone from Patrick Kavanagh to Che Guevara. Lynch's father is from County Kerry and she has a strong GAA background, with former Kerry footballer and manager Páidí Ó Sé being one of her cousins. [10] Despite persistent rumours fuelled by the RTÉ Guide[6] that she is the granddaughter of the acclaimed Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh, Lynch is in fact his grandniece.[3 ] RTÉ have since ensured that they have corrected this mistake in her online Celebrity Bainisteoir and Wonderwomen biographies.[2 ] [4] Revelations concerning her links to the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara were also discussed on RTÉ Radio 1 by another relative, the songwriter, Shay Healy. [14] This comes about through her connections to the Galwegian Patrick Lynch and his relatives who also include the naval officer Patricio Lynch, and the writers Benito Lynch and Adolfo Bioy Casares. [14]

Lynch currently resides in a 1970s two-bedroom Dublin apartment overlooking Portobello.[15 ] Long-term friends, who include the singer Brian Kennedy and the television presenter Brendan Courtney, often visit to watch her television shows with her.[15 ] Lynch's preferred radio station is RTÉ lyric fm, which she listens to for its music.[15 ] Lynch describes herself as "a bit minimalistic as regards possessions", donating most of her music collection (which included Adam Ant and Alison Moyet) to Oxfam when she moved house.[15 ] She can often be seen walking around Dublin, particularly to RTÉ and to venues such as Whelan's and The Village.[15 ]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Sometimes Naughty and Often Spontaneous Katherine Lynch". Dublin Events. Accessed 28 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Na Bainisteoirí/ The Managers". RTÉ. Accessed 28 April 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The quick question: Katherine Lynch". Irish Independent. 2008-10-18. http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/news-gossip/the-quick-question-katherine-lynch-1502769.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  4. ^ a b c "Katherine Lynch". RTÉ. Accessed 28 April 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Katherine Lynch's Wonderwomen – About the Show". RTÉ. Accessed 28 April 2009.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "The Lynch Mob". RTÉ Guide. 2008-01-14. http://www.rteguide.ie/2008/0114/thehotshow.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  7. ^ "Katherine Lynch's Working Girls". Irish Independent. 2008-01-12. http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tv-radio/katherine-lynchs-working-girls-1264602.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  8. ^ "RTE comedy? You're having a laugh...". Irish Independent. 2009-01-10. http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/tv-radio/rte-comedy-youre-having-a-laugh-1597863.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  9. ^ a b c "The Diary, Ken Sweeney - Celeb shock on 'An Audience With Katerine (sic) Lynch'". Sunday Tribune. 2009-01-04. http://www.tribune.ie/article/2009/jan/04/the-diary-ken-sweeney-celeb-shock-on-an-audience-w/. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  10. ^ a b c "'Celebrity Bainisteoir' Katherine Lynch to take charge of Dromahair". Leitrim Observer. 2008-12-12. http://www.leitrimobserver.ie/news/celebrity-bainisteoir-katherine-lynch-.4776073.jp. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  11. ^ "Tubridy's Saturday line-up revealed". RTÉ. 2009-05-08. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2009/0508/tubridytonight.html. Retrieved 2009-05-08.  
  12. ^ "The Café's guests announced". RTÉ. 2010-01-08. http://www.rte.ie/arts/2010/0108/thecafe.html. Retrieved 2010-01-08.  
  13. ^ Lorna Nolan (2010-01-15). "I almost broke law to nab Ron, says Katherine". Evening Herald. http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/around-town/i-almost-broke-law-to-nab-ron-says-katherine-2015445.html. Retrieved 2010-01-15.  
  14. ^ a b "A new world of flatpack jobs instead of fat cat cars". The Irish Times. 2009-04-25. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2009/0425/1224245347122.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  15. ^ a b c d e "At Home with Katherine Lynch". Hot Press. 2008-12-11. http://www.hotpress.com/archive/5088392.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  

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