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Maeve Higgins: ‘I felt totally fine about renting a dress, although I promised myself I wouldn’t tell anyone.’ Photograph: First Look Media

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Maeve Higgins in New York last year: ‘This place is at its most charming when it refuses to obey the laws of nature.’ Photograph: Michael Nagle

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Maeve Higgins: ‘Is there anything bad about Cork? No.’  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Maeve Higgins: If the guy is married but you still want him, watch the wife – learn from her – that’s obviously what he likes! Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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Maeve Higgins in the car with Flor de Toloache

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The difference between the things we should say and do, and what we actually say and do

The St Pat’s For All parade. “St Pat’s For All is almost restoring something the Irish were known for – being welcoming,” said founder Brendan Fay. Photograph: Ed Weidman

Parade in Queens, now in 15th year, founded in response to ban on gay people marching under banner at Manhattan parade

In search of adventures, sardonic friends and bagels: Maeve Higgins along a snowy Brooklyn waterfront. Photograph: Michael Nagle
New York, new dream

Irish comic Maeve Higgins used to play a game called ‘American Dream’ during her school days. Now she’s living it in one of Americ(...)

Maeve Higgins

Disarm the waves with a smile, then watch your legs turn peach and blue as you hesitate in front of them.

my ideal.. airport security experience

My ideal ... height

My ideal . . . breakfast

My ideal . . . era

My ideal ... picnic

Maeve Higgins

My ideal ... workout

Maeve Higgins

on her ideal ... body shape

My ideal . . . photograph

Maeve Higgins

My ideal . . . expression

I was in my bedroom the other day, trying to figure out the difference between astrology and astronomy

My ideal . . . pet

I was in my bedroom the other day, guessing what my name would be had I the good fortune to be born to Mathew and Tina Knowles…

My ideal . . . perfume

I was in my bedroom the other day, wondering what people really think of me

I was in my bedroom the other day, trying to make myself cry while I looked in the mirror

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