NZICF 19 | 5 mins with Eleanor Tiernan

Can success be gained without a sex tape? Irish Comedian Eleanor Tiernan explores this foolish notion in her show, Success without a Sex Tape. Picked as ‘one to watch in 2019’ you don’t want to miss the much anticipated NZ debut by this fresh Irish Star. We catch up with her before she takes over the Vault at Auckland’s Q Theatre.

Describe your show in three words or less.
Chill The F*** Out (That’s 4 I’m sorry but if that makes people angry pls go back and read the four words).

What’s the inspiration behind it?
This is my own personal attempt to push back against the subtle pressures to perform being successful for other people while not actually knowing what success actually means.

Where will we find you at the festival?
I expect to be on stage while the shows are on. Other than that, I have zero plans. I was hoping people would come find me and take me places. However, I beg you to please use this power I am offering you wisely. I do not wish to end up in what Oprah would call “the second location”. I will not expand on what that is in case of giving inept killers ideas.

NZ Comedy Scene – would you swipe right or swipe left?
Ooooh I’ve not been to NZ before but so I guess I’ll use the Bumble function that lets you put a 24hour pause before you have to reply to the person. That will give me a chance to check the clubs out. However, they’ve asked me over so safe to say I am already positively inclined towards it.

Do you have any top picks for this year’s festival?
I’ve recently discovered Australian comic Aaron Chen and I find him so funny. I am really looking forward to seeing him in NZ. Other than that I would recommend Jamali Maddix, Joe Lycett, James Acaster, Becky Lucas but I’m sure you already know about these guys.

What song or movie best describes the story of your life?
“Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – U2

What are you currently binge-watching on Netflix?
Soz I’m on a Netflix strike until they give me my own special. They are regrettably unaware of my political stance thus far.

And your top 3 songs on Spotify?
I’m not on Spotify for reasons of wanting to pay for music and am happy to sound virtue signally about it.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I’d like to play more games on my phone. There are so many gold coins I could be collecting that I never get because I’m doing things like admin and interviews before comedy festivals.

Word Association:
Comedy – Sex
New Zealand – Sex
Adulting – Love
Basic – Sex
Trend – Food
Joke – Sex

Eleanor Tiernan performs in her show ‘Success Without A Sextape’ and is on the line-up for the Best Comedy Show On Earth, both as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo, running May 2-26. For dates, venues, and tickets, head to