Keith Is on the Case for Womens' Rights; Former Cork Solicitor Raising Eyebrows and Laughs as He Tackles the Issue of Modern Day Feminism in His How Much Is That Woman in the Window? Show

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Keith Is on the Case for Womens' Rights; Former Cork Solicitor Raising Eyebrows and Laughs as He Tackles the Issue of Modern Day Feminism in His How Much Is That Woman in the Window? Show


Byline: With JAMES WARD The Big Interview

As a former solicitor, Cork funnyman Keith Farnan has never been afraid to tackle hard hitting subjects in his comedy. His past shows have tackled issues such as the economy, racism and the death penalty. With his newest act Farnan takes on women's rights and seeks to rescue feminism from the negative stigmas he believes it is now associated with.

s a former solicitor, Cork funnyman Keith Farnan has never been afraid to tackle hard hitting subjects in his comedy. His past shows have tackled issues such as the economy, racism and the death penalty. With his newest act Farnan takes on women's rights and seeks to rescue feminism from the negative stigmas he believes it is now associated with.

"At normal gigs in clubs if you ask how many feminists are here, nobody wilw l put up their hand. Not even the wowom wo w en. I mean if there's three or four huhu hun u dred women in the room none of thth th th the t m will claim to be feminists bebe be bec b ause they're scared of it and theth th t y're scared of what that means.

"At normal gigs in clubs if you ask how many feminists are here, nobody will put up their hand. Not even the women. I mean if there's three or four hundred women in the room none of them will claim to be feminists because they're scared of it and they're scared of what that means.

Tha Th Th Th t's a shame because it shsh sh sh sho s uldn't be that big an issue. But B it's been so distorted in thth the t last 20 or 30 years."

That's a shame because it shouldn't be that big an issue. But it's been so distorted in the last 20 or 30 years."

" In his new show, entitled How Much Is That Woman In The Window?, Farnan challenges the widely held aas assumption that " In his new show, entitled How Much Is That Woman In The Window?, Farnan challenges the widely held assumption tha iss i ues in gender equality are a thing of ththe th t past.

issues in gender equality are a thing of the past.

"I think it from my point of view I was always thought there was a sort of a false dawn, people used to think eqeq eq equality for women and gender eqeq equ quality is all done and taken care of. I tI hought 'You know what, that's not ququ qu qui q te true'. The show gave me a fofo fo fo foc oc ocus to talk about these different isis iss ss ssues".

"I think it from my point of view I was always thought there was a sort of a false dawn, people used to think equality for women and gender equality is all done and taken care of. I thought 'You know what, that's not quite true'. The show gave me a focus to talk about these different issues".

"We've sort of redefined feminist anan and n a taken it back from the medm ia's image of a feminist being a sort of scary, hairy lesbian who's running around trying to cut off every penis she can find and make it into something simple such as someone who believes that a wowom wo an should have the same choice "We've sort of redefined feminist and taken it back from the media's image of a feminist being a sort of scary, hairy lesbian who's running around trying to cut off every penis she can find and make it into something simple such as someone who believes that a woman should have the same choice as a man".

as a man".

His topical routines have seen Farnan become a huge hit both at home and abroad. He's written four His topical routines have seen Farnan become a huge hit both at home and abroad. …

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