If you saw dozens of women meandering along McCurtain Street on Saturday night, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a queue for a trendy new social place. Faux fur coats and glamorous gÃºnas were among the go-to styles of decidedly Gen-Z and Millennial women who made their way into the Everyman on the first night of the I’m Grand Mam tour.
Glory Holy was a sold-out success. Not only were tickets bought as soon as they went on sale, but Everyman’s website crashed under the pressure, resulting in not one but two more dates in Cork, which his stars said impressed them. The auditorium was full on Saturday night but the venue comfortably conformed to Covid, from Covid certificates and door identity checks to regular reminders in the theater that wearing a mask is mandatory during the show.
It’s no surprise to us that the guys have sold their hometown, however: Kevin Twomey and PJ Kirby have drawn 50,000 listeners to their hit podcast every week since their impromptu show started just three years ago. . From the lively humor to the exceptional dance moves (the opening act alone saw my jawbone on the floor with the strength of their arms alone), Twomey and Kirby got the almost all-female crowd to eat while they were chatting, dancing and playing bop after bop.
High-pitched screams and cheers filled the auditorium as the couple spoke on stage about their love life, their first communion (not really), and of course, their moms. Nuala Kirby and Phil Twomey, both famous among podcast fans, even joined their sons on stage for the final salute in a standing ovation in a moving moment.
Glory Holy is an entertaining journey through the sacraments of the Catholic Church and their parallels to Kirby and Twomey’s life as gay men. It’s a riot of laughs, featuring everything from their favorite ‘camp’ baptism moments – we watch you, priest with a holy water pistol during lockdown – and their ultimate funeral guide. They’re right, you know: those funeral cocktail sausages have a different effect. There’s even a Blind Date-style dating show in the middle to help Twomey find a boyfriend in the audience.
Opening night wasn’t without a hitch, but the cheerful reactions and improvisations from Twomey and Kirby are to be admired and the odd hiccup of day one is easily forgiven when the content is so engaging. Also, the crowd is not there for a polished performance. They want the raw reactions and the back and forth between the stars and their audience.
It feels like Twomey and Kirby aren’t just performing for the ticket holders – they’re having the best night out with their favorite daughters. And we are weak for them.