Deirdre O’Kane glad she opened up on menopause ‘as half her audience are in it’

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Deirdre O’Kane said she’s glad she opened up on menopause as 50% of her audience are in this stage of life.

The comic favourite revealed she wasn’t politically correct in her new Sky show and never censors herself.

Proud of her commentary on menopause in her stage show, Deirdre, 52, told the Irish Mirror: “I don’t think we’re doing it enough as it still seems to have a taboo attached to it, which seems ridiculous in 2021.

“It’s almost quaint for that to still have a taboo if you’re around it, it’s crazy.

“I never thought I was going to talk about it on stage, but you never do, you never think you’re going to own something like that.

“Because I am a comic I can talk about it differently and I can take the edge off it, and I know at least 50% of my audience are in it or are going to be in it, or it will affect them and therefore it’s going to affect their partners.

“I’m really happy to mine it, I always get to the point where if I have reservations I don’t hold them for long, I kind of go, 'oh who cares?'”

The Deirdre O’Kane Show airs October 17 on Sky Max.

Deirdre O'Kane
(Image: Sky)

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When quizzed if she was worried about the 'PC brigade', she said she didn’t tone down any of her show.

She said: “I certainly haven’t censored myself, then if I ever have I’ve always done that for me.

“I’ve always been sensitive to what I think an audience would be happy with.

“I’m not being dictated to by what’s happening out there, I think I can do what I’ve always done.”

The mum-of-two said her kids don’t tend to watch her on telly and she said speaking about her family in her set is par for the course.

She said: “I try to keep it away from them as much as I possibly can.

“But listen I’ve never heard a comic not talk about their own lives, you have to mine what’s going on in your life.

“You don’t have a choice, every family is much the same, that’s what you’re trying to speak to, the collective experience.

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“I try to explain to them that it’s heightened and it’s not really about them, I try not to say their names.

“I try to explain to them that that’s how it is, they certainly don’t like the idea of it at all, so I have to be careful.

“Once they get to teenage years, they’re very sensitive naturally, so I just have to be a bit careful.”

The funnywoman said she secretly hopes her kids don’t watch her new Sky show.

She said: “They’re not that interested and I’m hoping they won’t look at it, I certainly won’t be encouraging them to watch it.

“I’ll be saying nothing, they’re over me, kids don’t care if you’re on telly, they only care if you’re ordering pizza or not.”

The Deirdre O’Kane Show will air on Sky Max and streaming service NOW from 17 October

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