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From Love/Hate to playing for laughs as Susan turns her hand to stand-up role

HER shock departure from Love/Hate hasn't managed to stall Susan Loughnane's rising star and now the Diary can reveal that she's turning her hand to comedy.

With a novel just published and a number of theatre credits under her belt, it is a wonder that the redhead ever had time to film for the RTE drama.

But the determined Dubliner is set to become a triple threat as she turns her hand to stand-up comedy.

She will undertake a course at the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade in New York to fine-tune her stand-up skills.

The theatre was founded in 1996 and former Saturday Night Live queen of comedy Amy Poehler was part of the team that established the centre.

Susan's debut novel, which hit the shelves in October, was the first hint that the star was keen on comedy.

The Art of Scandal has been described as a cross between Fr Ted and Bridget Jones - proving that the author already has a flair for funny.

Stand-up is something that the star has wanted to do for almost a decade, she revealed. Susan (27) posted a picture of her course book on her social media account and is clearly excited.

"It's happening. I've wanted to do one of these courses for almost a decade, never had time or money til now. Yippeee."

Classes at the UCB are given in both sketch-writing and improvisation.

Students who complete the courses are then given the chance to perform in the 152-seater theatre which is considered the home of improv comedy.

Busy Loughnane splits her time between London, New York, her Malahide family home and Shannon, where her long-term boyfriend lives.

Her other half, David Doyle, is an air-traffic controller based in Shannon Airport and Susan admits that it can be tough being away from him.

"Being apart is obviously crap, but it makes seeing each other even better. When we see each other we are so delighted," she said.


"And I suppose if we were with each other all the time, it probably wouldn't be like that after 10 years."

Escaping to the country is one of the actresses' top priorities and Susan admits she'd like to settle down there one day.

"Clare is a lovely county but the real draw is my boyfriend who lives there. I like the idea of country life, it's just so much more chilled out. I feel very choked up and polluted sometimes in the city."