Kicking off on RTÉ2 on Thursday night, No Worries If Not! promises to be a noisy, fast-paced, viral sketch show featuring some of the biggest stars of Irish online comedy - Sean Burke, Michael Fry, Justine Stafford, Emma Doran and Killian Sundermann.

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The show will showcase supersized versions of some of their classic bits, along with new sketches, formats and characters.

Meet the No Worries If Not gang:

Sean Burke

Sean Burke first found his Twitter voice over 11 years ago, back in March 2011, and his comedic talents and timing have kept us #loling ever since. Fast forward to this year and one of his most popular Tweets was when he introduced the newest form of "art collection" to a Sunday evening guilty pleasure for many, with "Antiques Roadshow: NFT Edition"

What are the comedy shows and movies that people may not have seen that they should watch?

In terms of sketch shows, I Think You Should Leave on Netflix is my favourite. The humour is outrageous, the cast are brilliant and I genuinely never know which direction a sketch is going to take. Plus, it's an absolute meme generator.

Garth Marenghi's Dark Place is a genuine comedy cult classic, The Eric Andre Show makes me cry with laughter and I binged We Are Lady Parts earlier this year. Movie wise, Everything Everywhere All at Once was the hardest I'd laughed in a cinema in a long time

If you could do a sketch with any comedy star past or present, who would it be?

Harry Enfield

Harry Enfield. His sketch show, as well as The Fast Show, were my first introductions to sketch comedy and they made a big impression on me. He's so multi-talented and just effortlessly, naturally funny. The same can also be said for Paul Whitehouse.

If you could be in any sitcom, who would it be and why?

Seinfeld - firstly for the comedy but secondly for the pay checks.

Who is your comedy hero?

Jim Carrey

When I was a child it was Jim Carrey, hands down. It's like the man was genetically engineered in a lab to be funny. Nowadays my comedy heroes are people who've done it across a range of different forms and mediums. Bo Burnham, Sharon Horgan, Steve Coogan. If any of you are reading this, we'll have you on in the second series!

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received about doing comedy and who gave it to you?

It sounds incredibly obvious but you should just make what you find funny. It can be very tempting to make what's popular and what's topical, but you'll just end up with an audience you can't relate to and jokes you can't even laugh at. Trust your gut and commit to the bit. I can't remember who told me that, so let's just say it was Abraham Lincoln for the craic.

What's the funniest thing to ever happen to you in real life?

I once got sacked from a job in a clothes shop, which then went out of business. A few months later, I went looking for another job and got an interview in a shoe shop. That went well and I had a follow-up interview in their flagship store on Carnaby Street. I arrived, feeling confident, only to discover that the manager of the shop was the same person who sacked me from my job in the clothes shop. Still waiting to hear back!

What was it like making the show - how did you all work together?

It was an absolute laugh. We worked hard but I enjoyed every minute of it. It's no exaggeration to say it was a dream come true. And even just hanging around with the cast in between takes was so much fun. After interacting remotely for so long over lockdown it felt very much like a well overdue catch-up.

What can we expect from No Worries If Not?

For anyone who knows the cast from social media, you can expect some supercharged versions of the kinds of sketches we've been making online. Satire, music videos, parodies and even a legit celebrity cameo in one of my sketches. Plus a whole raft of sketches from some absolutely hilarious guest comedians. I can't wait for people to see it.

What are you currently watching on TV - is it any good?

Ladhood by Liam Williams on the BBC iPlayer (one of the very few perks of living in England) is excellent and Don't Hug Me I'm Scared will be out soon on Channel 4. Watch the YouTube series first, you'll see what the fuss is about.

When, where, and how do you write your gags - what's your method?

On a chaise longue, while Killian Sundermann feeds me grapes and Michael Fry fans me with a giant banana leaf.

But we take turns so it's all good.


Michael Fry

April 2017 saw Michael Fry return to Twitter and he hasn't looked back. Fans love his indie band and Celtic rock renditions of the world’s most viral moments. His interpretation of this year’s Liam Payne Oscars interview was hilarious.

What are the comedy shows and movies that people may not have seen that they should watch?

Big Boys on Channel 4 aired recently and I thought it was absolutely brilliant and didn't get near enough the hype it deserved. Bojack Horseman is a favourite of mine and while it’s popular I feel like lots of people dismissed it because it’s animation but it’s genuinely one of my favourite shows in general let alone comedy.

If you could do a sketch with any comedy star past or present, who would it be?

Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood. I watched her a lot growing up and I loved the silliness of her material.

If you could be in any sitcom, who would it be and why?

Last year my answer to this would have been Derry Girls and then I actually was in that so I’m putting it out there now that I would like to be in Succession if any of the showrunners are reading this. Failing that, The Thick of It or Peep Show.

Who is your comedy hero?

Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan. I will watch anything she’s acting or voice acting in and anything she writes. She’s who I’d aspire to be like as a writer-performer.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received about doing comedy and who gave it to you?

Shane Daniel Byrne, another popular online comic, gave me some great stand-up advice - he said that people in a live setting in general are there to laugh. They want you to succeed because it’s uncomfortable if you don’t. It made me feel a lot better about live audiences and being able to trust them makes my comedy better.

What's the funniest thing to ever happen to you in real life?

I failed my first driving test in 30 seconds because I ran a stop sign on the way out of the test centre.

What was it like making the show - how did you all work together?

I loved it. We did a writers’ room together for a couple days to brainstorm and then split up to work on our sketches separately. Lots of great moments in the show come from ad libs on set and decisions we made while filming. We all trust each other’s instincts and we’re honest about what we think does and doesn’t work.

What can we expect from No Worries If Not?

You can expect similar stuff to my online output but with a bit more production value and experimental elements. We played with a number of genres like horror, action and sitcom as well as musical, prop and visual humour that I wouldn’t normally have the budget for myself.

What are you currently watching on TV - is it any good?

House of The Dragon

I’m currently watching House of The Dragon and I really like it. I was a big Game of Thrones fan and while the final season was a crushing disappointment, House of the Dragon makes me want to get hurt all over again.

When, where, and how do you write your gags - what's your method?

My method is taking a normal scenario and dropping in a bizarre or supernatural element into it. So, it could be phone-in radio show only the guest is a monster or a matter of fact conversation between two Irish mams but it’s during the apocalypse. There’s something extremely funny to me about nonchalance in the face of weirdness.


Emma Doran

The doughnut gods weren't on Emma Doran’s side when she first tweeted, a month before Justine in June 2009. This year she gave a reminder of the I’m Offended App, helping people keep track of all their made-up grievances.

What are the comedy shows and movies that people may not have seen that they should watch?

The Baby, The Righteous Gemstones, Documentary Now, Last Man on Earth, Atlanta, Party Down and No Worries If Not, of course!

If you could do a sketch with any comedy star past or present, who would it be?

Caroline Ahern

Caroline Ahern.

If you could be in any sitcom, who would it be and why?

April in Parks & Recs - that deadpan face…

Who is your comedy hero?

Caroline Ahern

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received about doing comedy and who gave it to you?

Various stand-ups - the advice was always to keep gigging. That really is the best advice because if you stop you definitely won't get better.

What's the funniest thing to ever happen to you in real life?

Deirdre O'Kane thought I was working in the box office of a theatre when I was actually her support act.

What was it like making the show - how did you all work together?

Great to be honest. We were all so used to making videos on our own with a phone it was a joy to make stuff together.

What can we expect from No Worries If Not?

Lots of funny sketches!

What are you currently watching on TV - is it any good?

Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul and Atlanta - both are must-sees.

When, where, and how do you write your gags - what's your method?

Anywhere and everywhere. I have a notebook for stand-up mostly, and for sketches, I'll often email myself ideas and bullet points. I also record a lot of audios for myself when I'm out and about - some good some not so good.


Justine Stafford

Justine Stafford was keen to show off her juggling skills when she first tweeted back in July 2009 and almost 13 years to the day she had social media users in stitches at and empathising with what it's like to talk to a taxi driver at 3am.

What are the comedy shows and movies that people may not have seen that they should watch?

There's so many to choose from! Movies wise Steve Martin's The Jerk is essential viewing. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar I loved, along with The Skeleton Twins, Jeff Who Lives at Home and Seeking A Friend for the End of the World.

Fleabag

I also love the short film Six Shooter (it is quite dark though just a heads up!) and I love Booksmart. In terms of shows; Mandy (Diane Morgan), Pulling (Sharon Horgan), This Way Up (Aisling Bea) and Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) are all fantastic.

Soupy Norman is hands down the show I quote most (every day) and Stath Lets Flats is one I have recently binged in full and loved as well as the parody reality show Burning Love and Party Down.

The sketch show, I Think You Should Leave, with Tim Robinson also needs an honorary mention as well as Free Gaff and GUTF over on YouTube where you'll see some familiar faces.

If you could do a sketch with any comedy star past or present, who would it be?

Ben Schwartz blows my mind at his improv abilities. I think doing a scene with him would be incredibly fun although equally impossible to make it through without laughing.

Parks and Recreation

The late Harris Wittels was also a fantastic writer and starred in Parks and Rec. I think writing a sketch with him would've just been such an unique experience getting to see how his mind worked.

If you could be in any sitcom, who would it be and why?

I loved The Office and Parks and Rec so getting to exist in either of these worlds would be incredibly fun for me.

Who is your comedy hero?

Bo Burnham. His ability to incorporate various forms of multimedia into his live performances blows my mind. How he uses lights and sound throughout the lives shows which are choreographed to a tee is honestly unbelievable.

Bo Burnham

Seeing his first live special made me realise comedy does not just have to be in a singular form, telling jokes on a stage. His last special Inside proved also not even an audience was necessary and for myself who creates so much online comedy it was very inspiring to see (albeit equally makes me want to quit and question what is even the point when he is THAT good. Haha!).

I've also just really enjoyed his work branching out to director on his first feature Eighth Grade and directing other comics shows. I've always considered branching out into other areas and getting back to making film someday so seeing someone else in comedy branch out in this way is just really inspiring to me as well as the topics he discusses both in his comedy and in interviews.

I really cannot narrow it down to just one though because Sharon Horgan is another comedy hero of mine. From Sharon's series Pulling onwards, I have been a huge fan of her work both on screen and behind the scenes as a writer and producer.

Sharon’s work has always been inspiring to me and she’s someone I aspire to be like in terms of a performer/writer. Sharon’s performances in more serious roles outside of comedy are also fantastic to see and encouraging to me that you can branch out into other areas of performance too. I’m currently watching her latest dark comedy series Bad Sisters and I am absolutely hooked.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received about doing comedy and who gave it to you?

"Don't be sh*t." - Martin Angolo.

What's the funniest thing to ever happen to you in real life?

The fact that I'm doing this interview, having just co-written and starred in a comedy show and am working full-time in comedy all while having absolutely no idea what I'm doing is quite funny to me.

What was it like making the show - how did you all work together?

I think the most difficult part of making the show was trying not to laugh between takes. It was honestly such a joy to meet with the rest of the guys to brainstorm ideas. This was the first time we've properly all been allowed even meet in person since lockdowns so actually getting to SEE people laugh at your ideas and vice versa was surreal.

We were all just so encouraging of the ideas everyone had and working on this show as you're dressed in a glittery sequined suit, singing a filthy song about farming, you really do just wonder "how is this really a job?" There was also just so many ideas we didn't even get to create in this series so here's hoping we might even get a second series to bring even more madness!

What can we expect from No Worries If Not?

You can expect a series of one-off sketches as well as recurring sitcom style comedy pieces throughout the series. There's a mix of brand new absurd characters as well as a lot of familiar characters you will recognise from all of our online creations.

From zombies to tight wagons this show has it all so make sure to tune in and "No Worries if Not" - although actually, there WILL be some worries if not... So tune in yeah?!

What are you currently watching on TV - is it any good?

I am VERY impatiently waiting for the second season of Severance to come out. I adored the first season and it ended on one of the best written series cliff hangers I have ever seen.

Bad Sisters

I am also watching Bad Sisters, Sharon Horgan's new dark comedy drama and loving it. It also has a character in it I don't think any other show has made me detest so strongly in my life which is very impressive!

When, where, how do you write your gags - what's your method?

Truly, there is very little method. Sometimes I might wake at three in the morning and have an idea and try and type it out in my notes before I fall back half asleep, which is always fun the next morning trying to decipher "wtf does this gibberish even mean??"

Other times something topical in the news can spark an idea but as boring as it sounds, a lot of the time, ideas really do just come to you out of nowhere and it's how you expand on that initial concept and brainstorm out where the sketch might go that is always the fun part!


Killian Sundermann

Back in 2013, Killian Sundermann was keen to share some travel tips about a now defunct ferry service in his first tweet, and this year his most popular tweet had a similar international theme, with his followers laughing along to his Irish/German cultural differences #takeittakeittakeit

If you could do a sketch with any comedy star past or present, who would it be?

Nathan Fielder - even though I'm a little bit scared of him.

If you could be in any sitcom, what would it be and why?

I really like It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. It looks so fun to act as a terrible person.

Who is your comedy hero?

Billy Connolly

I really like Billy Connolly.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received about doing comedy and who gave it to you?

Do what makes you laugh, not what you think will make other people laugh.

What's the funniest thing to ever happen to you in real life?

My brother Nils's trousers randomly fell down once in public when we were kids, still makes me laugh today

What was it like making the show - how did you all work together?

Great. I think we'd all worked together before, so we slipped into it pretty easily. Except Emma of course. TOTAL Diva!

What can we expect from No Worries If Not?

Expect the unexpected! unless of course you expected comedy sketches, in which case, expect the expected!

What are you currently watching on TV - is it any good?

Bad Sisters, Sharon Horgan's a genius, then Rings of Power, which is amazing, my friend worked on it so I've been looking forward to it for a while. Also, The Rehearsal by Nathan Fielder.

When, where, how do you write your gags - what's your method?

I write them early in the morning with a cup of coffee in a black notebook while listening to music.