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Irish American Humorist Mike Farragher debuts his comedy series “McLean Avenue”with a cocktail party and a “Meet the Filmmakers Q&A”  at the Irish Arts Center  in NEW YORK CITY April 30 7-9PM

After years of keeping readers in stitches with his This Is Your Brain on Shamrocks series of essay collections, humorist and former Irish Voice music columnist Mike Farragher has launched a TV comedy series, based on his essays and over two decades covering the Irish American rock and roll scene.

The show, “McLean Avenue,” is set on the Irish American street nestled in Yonkers of the same name. Sean McCabe is forced to live with Peg, his Irish immigrant mother, after he loses a coveted gig as one of the famous Paddy Tenors. He has now been reduced to singing at nursing homes, half-full churches, and the occasional commercial for humiliating diseases like hemmoroids and ED. He hangs with a colorful crowd of barflies/childhood friends at Brady’s Bar; their sharp wit and wisdom are both an irritant and a sense of comfort to Sean.

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His mother, Peg McCabe, is a recent widow channeling her grief into church volunteering. She leans on her parish priest, Father Frank, a distant cousin. Her son, priest, and best friend, Madge, all encourage her to move on and find a date online, so she throws her bait into the water. The fish take the bait in droves and Peg soon finds herself in a sexual reawakening as the object of younger men’s attention in the same singles bar as her son.

“Irish movies and TV shows usually typecast our race as drunks, mobsters, dysfunctional drug addicts, or dysfunctional mob drug addicts with a hangover,” jokes Farragher. “After covering the likes of Black 47 and Shillelagh Law in the New York music scene, it dawned on me that I never saw this slice of working-class Irish American life on screen. You run into complicated, hilarious characters onstage, backstage, and in the audience at one of these shows and I drew from my experience of running with this crowd as a music journalist to create these rich characters in the show.

When people find out he’s a funny writer, Farragher says he is often recruited by women to write online dating profiles and that also inspires the storyline of “McLean Avenue.”  “I’ve spend countless hours in bars with the lonely friends of my wife constructing online dating profiles on cocktail napkins over the years,” Farragher muses. “I’ve never seen an Irish mammy in a situation like this and to place her into the same singles bars as her son seemed like the perfect awkward spot to create comedy!”

The series stars Michael Foster as Sean McCabe, Dubliners Joe Rooney (“Father Ted”) as Father Frank and comedian Francis Collins as Gerry the bartender. Nenagh native Ger Glennon plays Peg “Ma” McCabe, a role she has flourished in.

“There are roles and then there are dream roles,” says Glennon. “For me, Peg McCabe is a dream role. She is fun to play because she has many layers and it is so rewarding to develop her as an actress. I love this woman, know her inside and out, and she is just a blast to be around—utterly hilarious. I think Peg is to the wig what Elvis Presley is to the jump suit: it brings out the performer in her and she gives Elvis’ hips a run for their money as the series goes on!”

“From the time I first read for the role of Gerry the bartender until I saw the finished product, I was drawn into the Irish humor effortlessly,” Cronin says. “The banter, the constant rebellion against and love for the church. It’s disruptive, pulls no punches with its irreverence and had me laughing as we were making it. I have no doubt it will find a great audience at home and abroad.”

The Manhattan premiere of “McLean Avenue” will take place Tuesday April 30 from 7-9 at The Irish Arts Center (553 West 51st Street, NYC, 212-757-3318 www.irishartscenter.org). The Irish Arts Center and The Irish American Writers and Artists (https://iamwa.org)will co-sponsor the event, along with show producers Brain on Shamrocks Productions and All Things Brilliant Productions.

For more information or to schedule interviews with the principals, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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