Fiona sinks her teeth into Broadway
Irish stand-up comic Fiona Walsh was so self-conscious about not having gleaming white American teeth – that she turned her torment into a Broadway play. Tipperary-born Walsh grew up watching telly shows like Marcus Welby MD and the Incredible Hulk in which all the stars had impossibly bleached teeth.
And funny woman Fiona, whose one woman show Great White American Teeth debuts at New York’s First Irish Theatre Festival this month, has successfully used her own angst about being born with typical European gnashers into a critically-acclaimed play. “I had my own teeth straightened after years of agents pointing out that I had an unmarketable gap,” explains Fiona, whose play will be showcased in Belfast next year. “I wore a brace for over a year and still have a retainer – how ‘Yankee’ is that?
The move seems to have helped because, as well as her stage show, Fiona will soon be filming a movie about Irish immigrants called Paddyville in New York with Irish American hunk Aidan Quinn.