birr comedian, Edwin Sammon, heads up the new RTE comedy Student Teacher which is currently in the finals of the online competition Storyland. The show is about an overachieving young man who takes the teaching exams early and ends up in charge of his old peculiar class.
Edwin plays Mattie, the school janitor and is one of the breakthrough characters of the show. He’s joined by other new faces which are currently rising up through the comedy ranks in Ireland, including Kevin McGahern (Sim Card - Hardy Bucks) and Neil Molloy (Martin Muff - Republic of Telly).
Talking about the show, Edwin was very enthusiastic about the production. “The reception has been very good, with a lot of people voting for the show in previous rounds…and also getting their friends to vote!”
Filmed and set in Galway, the comedy has been popular with teenagers and adults, as it covers everything from to school excursions to trying to find some peace and quiet during a busy work day.
Edwin’s character has been noted for having the best moments for the show and reflects the strong comedy work he’s done over the past few years, including going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and winning the Father Ted Festival Stand-Up award last year.
For now though Edwin is keen to focus on Student Teacher, saying “We’re hoping everybody checks it out, we need all the votes we can get from May 28 through the RTE website.”
Explaining the voting process, Edwin advises people to go to http://www.rte.ie/storyland during the week of the May 28 and click ‘Vote Now’.
“It’s one vote per person per round, so if you’ve voted for us before we need you to vote again! The feedback from everyone has been amazing, just a little bit more and we’ll have shown them how good new Irish comedy can be.”
The Storyland competition has been running for the last four years, often with the winners going on to work on different RTE programs. With three shows in the final this year, the Student Teacher team are hoping everyone with a Facebook account votes to show their support.
Previous Storyland winners Hardy Bucks went on to two seasons of a TV show on RTE and will have a film coming out later this year.