Keara is a stand-up comedian, writer, presenter, event’s host and Burns’ expert speaker.
Keara is a stand-up comedian, writer, presenter, event’s host and Burns’ expert speaker. She has produced ten one-woman shows for The Edinburgh Festival Fringe with visits to The Brighton Fringe, The Glasgow Comedy Festival and onward touring. Keara has performed stand-up all over the world: Scotland, Ireland, England, Central Europe, Hong Kong and The United States of America.
Keara has performed comedy on BBC Radio on a variety of shows including, Children In Need; Feeling Kind Of Funny and Live at The Stand. My BBC character comedy series, The Shark’s Mouth, was commissioned and produced by The Comedy Unit and went out on BBC Radio Scotland in 2013. A spin-off sitcom of one of the characters, Mistress MacKenzie and Friends was then commissioned and went out on BBC Radio Scotland in 2014. In April 2017 she featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Saturday Morning show, Shareen, featuring a piece on the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and in April 2018 and also featured on BBC2 television discussing the stereotype characters on the American animation series, The Simpsons.
Last year and early this year her brand new show, Dark One – covering the Irish troubles from a personal perspective – made its debut in Edinburgh before touring to London, Central Europe and The United States of America. She spent two months in America (Dec 2017-Jan 2018) performing stand-up-comedy in a range of venues and hosting some private Burns Suppers – an intimate formal dinner in a private home for a group of professionals from the legal and medical profession along with some from the high arts. Keara also hosted a larger event in a private venue in Los Angeles which included a wider variety of people from a range of professions including trades people, academics, food and drink experts – including a whisky expert – producers and entertainers.
Keara has participated in various ways at Burns Suppers over the years and across the Globe. She has hosted, emceed and given addresses, recitals and speeches including The Selkirk Grace, The Immortal Memory, The Response on Behalf of the Lassies, The Address to the Haggis, To A Mouse, To A Mountain Daisy and have led sing-a-longs from the traditional Scottish Song Book (Revised by Robert Burns himself).
Keara has hosted many events large and small across a 20 year career in show business: traditional and casual Burns Suppers, after-dinners, formal sports events, end-of-season balls, high-profile award ceremonies, exclusive private parties and more.Read more
“Keara was ideal for our event. She understood completely what we wanted. She was generous with her time, making sure she spoke with all the groups involved. She brought humour, warmth and her own personal insight that reflected the broader aims of the Festival.”
David McDonald (Headspace Festival Director)
“Keara interviewed Jesse Draper – heiress to the Draper Dynasty – for our Spotlight Dinner and asked her the questions we were too afraid to ask. It was hilariously entertaining, informative and funny and a good mix of business and pleasure was had by all.”
Belinda Roberts, WeDo
“Keara is a versatile performer and perfect for a mixed crowd. Her enthusiasm and professionalism added that special magic. She’s certainly got it!”
Jacqui Wallace, She’s Gottit Events
“Keara is a very funny, engaging and experienced comedian who can raise an electric atmosphere with virtually every audience. A Femme Extraordinaire!”
Chris Reid, Henricks Bar, Edinburgh
“Keara is a great comedienne who excels in the world of stand up comedy and after dinner speaking. Her observational humour has had me in tears of laughter as well as making me see the world a bit differently. She is a must see.”
Niall McCluskey, Advocate at Faculty of Advocates
“Keara brings a warmth and enthusiasm with her, not to mention a deep knowledge and passion for Robert Burns.”
Graham Blaikie, Scottish Licensed Trade Association