Kevin McGahern, an Irish stand-up comedian who has hosted clip and sketch comedy TV series Republic of Telly when not telling jokes in Ireland’s comedy clubs, has come to America.
Weird America, premiering the day after St. Patrick’s Day (2 p.m. Saturday, March 18) on the Travel Channel, will follow McGahern as he digs into the unique things that make America great or just plain weird. In his first TV special for the network, he’ll face off against a 50-pound burger in New Jersey, a six-story wood and tin elephant, and a one-man parade.
“I grew up on American movies and making this show has let me see the country’s wild attractions and eccentric characters first hand,” said McGahern. “It really made an impression because in Ireland, ‘wild and eccentric’ means you walk your cat on a leash or say no to alcohol.”
“We can’t wait for viewers to meet Kevin” said Courtney White, senior vice president, programming, Travel Channel. “We think our audience will fall in love with his thirst for fun, love of off-beat discovery and wide-eyed enthusiasm for America’s quirky best.”