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American St. Patrick’s Day, Through Irish Eyes

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Mar 09, 2020

Comic Maeve Higgins loves living alone in New York City, her home since she left her native Ireland in 2014. But, she tells Dan, there's one problem: "I do think the food that you eat when you live on your own is really bizarro at times."

When Maeve polished off a can of sardines with some mashed turnips, she realized she needed help. Enter Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender (below).

"Whenever I'm eating anything, even when I'm alone, I imagine Michael Fassbender watching me," Maeve says. "And I think, 'What if Michael Fassbender saw me eating this?'"

This week, Maeve talks with Dan about her complicated relationship with Irish-Americans, and the difficulty of dining with someone who has sad news to share. "Your duty as a friend is to put down your knife and fork, to look at [her] and really be an active listener," she says. "But what I like to do is be an active eater. So I try and siphon food into my mouth while her eyes are blurry with tears."

Maeve co-wrote and stars in a new supernatural comedy, Extra Ordinary, out in theaters now.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "On The Floor" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
  • "Sun So Sunny" by Calvin Dashielle
  • "Clear As Day" by Erick Anderson
  • "New Old" by JT Bates

Photos courtesy of Maeve Higgins and Gage Skidmore.

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