Comic Emma Doran has gone more than a bit viral during lockdown, with her stand up and sketches being shared all over the world...

Ahead of her appearances at this year's Galway International Comedy Festival, which runs from 19th - 25th October, we asked Emma for her choice cultural picks...

FILM

Rewatched Misery. I feel after the pandemic it hits differently. I connect with Kathy Bates character in a completely new way now.

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MUSIC

My playlist at the moment is Lizzo, Dolly Parton, ELO, Earth, Wind & Fire, Queen, Radiohead, Britney Spears and the soundtrack to The Usual Suspects - so if that makes sense to you, fair play to you.

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BOOK

I get a book and carry it around the house with me for a few days and tell my family I'm going to start reading this and that’s usually where it ends.

PLAY

Does a musical count? Grease is my favourite but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat. I went to an all girls secondary school and we did a production of Joseph in 4th year . I feel cosmic bound with those girls after what we went through that year.

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TV

Kin at the moment. Would also recommend Untold Crime and Penalties, about The Danbury Trashers.

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GIG

Its just been my own gigs at the moment, so I can only speak of the audiences. They are in great form and readjusting well to pub measures compared to home ‘sure I’ll throw a bit more in, feck it’ drinks.

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ART

Aoife Dooley - I’ve just moved house and the walls are bare so a purchase is coming.

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RADIO/PODCAST

Law of Attraction Changed My Life with Francesca Amber. She describes herself as a ‘basic bitch’ - she's more of a ‘mad wagon’ really but I enjoy her. Suzanne Kane on 98fm is my daily radio listen, though.

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TECH

Himself got me this thing called Tile, you get different tiles to put on your keys, in your wallet etc. and the app on your phone helps you find them... I suddenly have a free hour everyday. GAME CHANGER.

THE NEXT BIG THING...

We had donuts, burritos and crepes. I’m predicting the next thing will be a franchise called Skewered- whole meals served on skewers. There you go, someone run with that...

Running from Tuesday 19th to Monday 25th October with 45 shows over 7 days, and 80+ artists, this year's Galway Comedy Festival looks like being a hell of a week! Nina Conti, Jason Byrne, Deirdre O'Kane, Ed Byrne, Reginald D Hunter, Shaparak Khorsandi, Ardal O'Hanlon, Steve Hughes, Andrew Maxwell, Kevin McAleer, Bobby Davro, Terry Alderton, Owen Colgan, Barry Murphy, Waterford Whispers News, Karl Spain, Glenn Wool, Enya Martin, DJ Ivan Brackenbury, Danny O'Brien and Lindsay Hamilton (IT GALZ) are just some of the over 80 comedians making their way west to the capital of comedy for seven days and fun filled nights of laughter. Find out more here...