Maeve Higgins

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Maeve Higgins
Higgins in 2014
Birth nameMaeve Anna Higgins[1]
BornCobh, County Cork, Ireland
MediumStand-up, television
Years active2004–present
GenresObservational comedy, sketch
Notable works and rolesNaked Camera ‘’Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!’’
Maeve Higgins' Fancy Vittles

Maeve Anna Higgins (born 24 March 1981) is a comedian from Cobh, County Cork, Ireland and is based in New York. She was a principal actor and writer of the RTÉ television production Naked Camera, as well as for her own show Maeve Higgins' Fancy Vittles. Her book of essays We Have A Good Time, Don't We? was published by Hachette in 2012. She wrote for The Irish Times and produces radio documentaries.[2] She previously appeared on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM.[3] She is a regular panelist on the NPR radio show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Higgins appeared in her first starring film role in the 2019 Irish comedy Extra Ordinary.


Higgins started in comedy in 2005 and has written and performed at many festivals and shows. She began her comedy career on the national radio station Today FM after auditioning for The Ray D'Arcy Show in February 2004. She failed to win.[4]

From 2005 to 2007, she took part in the hidden camera show Naked Camera with fellow comedian and friend P. J. Gallagher.[5] She landed her own television show, Maeve Higgins' Fancy Vittles, in 2009.[6] Since 2010, she has occasionally performed with Josie Long and Isy Suttie.[citation needed]


  • 'A Rare Sight' at the Brisbane Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Performed with Nick Coyle.
  • 'A Rare Sight' at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Nick Coyle could not attend due to surgery on shoulder.
  • 'Personal Best' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival



As herself[edit]

Acting work[edit]

As writer[edit]

  • 2005–2007: Naked Camera[5]
  • 2009: Maeve Higgins' Fancy Vittles[6]
  • 2012: We Have A Good Time, Don't We?
  • 2022: Tell Everyone on This Train I Love Them[8]




"Assistance dog" controversy[edit]

Higgins received criticism from disability campaigners when she stated on 30 March 2018 on the Irish Late Late Show that she purchased a service dog vest on Amazon and pretended that her pet dog was a service dog during a trans-Atlantic flight.[13][14] She has apologized to anyone offended by her claims.[15]


  1. ^ Higgins, Maeve (1 April 2018). "The Luck of the Irish". The Progressive. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Valentines Bones". Documentary on One. RTÉ Radio 1. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  3. ^ "What would Maeve do?". Today FM. Archived from the original on 10 November 2008.
  4. ^ Hynes, Liadan (28 May 2006). "'Bridezilla' and the art of making people laugh". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 26 December 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "Naked Camera". RTÉ Press Centre. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Maeve Higgins' Fancy Vittles". RTÉ Press Centre. 19 September 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  7. ^ "I Can't Sleep by David O'Doherty". Edinburgh Festival. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ Tell Everyone on This Train I Love Them Penguin Random House, 2022-02-01.
  9. ^ Gildea, Kevin (11 August 2018). "Maeve in America review: insightful, honest and very funny". The Irish Times. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else by Maeve Higgins. Penguin Books, $16 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-0-14-313016-1". Publishers Weekly. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  11. ^ "'Wait Wait' For Sept. 8, 2018: With Not My Job Guest Jenny Han". Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!. NPR. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  12. ^ "'Everything is Alive: Maeve, Lampost'". Everything is Alive. Radiotopia. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  13. ^ Hopkins, Jacqueline (5 April 2018). "Anger as comedian Maeve Higgins claims 'assistance dog' for flight". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  14. ^ Walsh, Niamh (8 April 2018). "RTÉ receives slew of complaints over Late Late Show Maeve Higgins interview". Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  15. ^ Lanigan, Michael (8 April 2018). "Maeve Higgins apologises after saying she faked a disability to bring her dog on a flight". Retrieved 15 August 2018.

External links[edit]