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Interview with Jimeoin

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Who Hasn’t heard of Jimeoin?

By Eve Jeffery

Though hailing from the Emerald Isle, a good astrocartographer would tell you that Australia is the place Jimeoin was destined to become famous. He has also gained international recognition and is a frequent performer at comedy festivals, including the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe where he made his debut in 1993 and where he has appeared regularly ever since – but Australia is his home.

Seven took the opportunity to have a chat with Jimeoin and see what he has tucked away in his jokes bag for his show in Ballina next week.

Jimeoin, who is the funniest person (or animal) you know?

Person: Me. Especially in Ballina RSL. And modest too. Animal? Not sure. Dogs are definitely funnier than cats I’ll tell you that much. If you smile at a dog he comes over to you wagging its tail. He knows you are in good form. If you smile at a cat they give you nothing.

How are your family in Ireland coping with the big C?

Not sure what the big C is. If you asked my family that they would probably tell you that the big C is over living in Australia doing stand up comedy.

How was your mental health affected by not being able to perform during the pandemic?

I’m always a bit nuts, so nothing changed there. I kind of enjoyed the time off but I hope it’s over now. Enough already. I wouldn’t want another year off. Couldn’t afford it. By the way, this tour is for the children in need. The children in need happen to be my children and I need to get them through school. 

Is there a funny side to COVID?

There’s a funny side to everything. I have loads of covid jokes in my act. Anything that people can relate to, and everyone can relate to covid.

After all these years are people still having trouble getting their tongue around your name?

Oh yes. And I love it. At least they are trying, and therefore, they know of you.

What inspires you?

Hmmm. Other people. If I see someone similar to me doing something and getting on with their life, then I think – I can do that too!

What makes you laugh?

Finding something funny makes me laugh. I don’t over analyse it. If I’m in good form and it’s a good joke I’ll laugh. Especially if I don’t see it coming.

This hysterically funny Irish lad is an acclaimed, hugely loved and much respected comedian, with a wide appeal and a cheeky, no-gimmicks, and superbly observed sense of humour that has his audiences in stitches across the UK, Europe, USA and of course, Australia. Critics say that he’s at the very top of his game – and there’s only one way to find out.

Jimeoin’s show promises to be a brilliant evening of world-class comedy from a man internationally celebrated as one of live stand-up’s true masters and the Ballina RSL is thrilled to welcome Jimeoin as part of his new smash-hit Turn it Up! tour – don’t miss this hilarious show!

Jimeoin – Friday 14 January. Ballina RSL. Doors: 7.30pm. Show: 8pm. Tickets: $50. 18+

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