Maeve Higgins is an Irish comedian, writer, and actress who has made a name for herself with her witty humor and observational comedy. She began her career as a stand-up comedian in Dublin before moving to New York City, where she has lived and worked for over a decade. Higgins has performed at major comedy festivals and on popular TV shows like Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Two Dope Queens.”
Aside from her work in comedy, Higgins is also an accomplished author. She has published four books, each of which showcases her unique voice and comedic sensibility.
“Tell Everyone on This Train I Love Them” is Higgins’ debut book, published in 2008. It is a collection of personal essays that touch on topics such as love, travel, and family. The book is structured like a series of train journeys, with each chapter representing a different leg of the journey. Higgins’ writing is funny and engaging, and her anecdotes are relatable to readers of all ages. While “Tell Everyone on This Train I Love Them” did not win any awards, it received positive reviews from critics and readers alike.
In 2015, Higgins published “Off You Go: Away from home and loving it. Sort of,” a memoir about her move to New York City. The book follows Higgins as she navigates the ups and downs of living in a new country, from homesickness to cultural differences. Her writing is honest and self-deprecating, and she is not afraid to share her embarrassing moments and mistakes. “Off You Go” was well-received by critics and was named a “must-read” by Time Out New York.
“Maeve in America” is Higgins’ most well-known book, published in 2018. It is a collection of essays that explores what it means to be an immigrant in America. Higgins draws on her own experiences as an Irish immigrant to shed light on the challenges faced by immigrants from all over the world. Her writing is sharp and funny, and she tackles serious issues with grace and humor. “Maeve in America” was a critical success and was named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR.
Finally, “We Have a Good Time … Don’t We?” is Higgins’ most recent book, published in 2021. It is a collection of essays about friendship and the complexities of human relationships. Higgins reflects on the people in her life who have shaped her, from childhood friends to ex-boyfriends. Her writing is heartfelt and sincere, and she is not afraid to show vulnerability. “We Have a Good Time … Don’t We?” has received positive reviews from critics and readers alike.