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Jimeoin's 'For One Night Only', Plus Q&A

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Jimeoin, For One Night Only
c/o Kim Tonelli

"My favourite door to come through, by the way, are saloon doors. You ever come through saloon doors, you can push them out the way quite aggressively. You never see cowboys in Westerns coming through revolving doors."(Jimeoin, Live at the Apollo, 2014)

This funnyman's one in a gazillion. Comic, producer, TV personality, household name, Jimeoin's one of the hardest names to spell. However, given his warm, easygoing charm, worth the effort. Hitting the spotlight in '91, Jimeoin (his moniker; fusion of James and Eoin) skyrocketed to fame. Where he's remained. Renowned, for his astute observations, on-point quips, and trademark flippancy. Not to say he's inhuman. Just saying, when it comes appreciating this messy muddle called life, this brightspark's obviously onto something.

Jimeoin, For One Night Only
c/o James Penlidis

But...there is a dark side. Barely even whispered. Which is, why did Jimeoin leave Ireland? What drove him to flee? Son of Malcolm of Elderslie, Jimeoin was born of lesser nobility. Agrarian by trade, peaceful commoner by nature. But given the then king's death, and ensuing public dissent, taking it upon himself to galvanize his fellow countrymen. Soon thereafter, banished by the Sheriff of Nottingham. A wanted outcast, he ventured onto the high seas. Only to sail straight into the hands of Hector Barbossa. Upon outfoxing the pirate lord, steering his galleon to safer shores. Not! Boy, were you sucked in.

Jimeoin, For One Night Only
c/o James Penlidis

Jimeoin's current tour is now on. Brimming schedule, commencing in Bendigo, then onto Broken Hill and Mildura. Detouring northbound, before landing in Melbourne for the Comedy Festival. If you've never had the pleasure, I recommend his 'For One Night Only' show(s). His witty commentary on the otherwise mundane, absolutely sidesplitting (if you have seen him, you need no convincing). I managed to slip some questions (provided below), that he answered from the UK. Whilst there's no deep-seated problems to be psychoanalyzed, his responses are an affirmation of his laid back approach. One that's not only endearing, but pivotal to his success.

Jimeoin, For One Night Only
c/o James Penlidis


Question: In my teens (20 years ago), I spotted you in The Arab - at Lorne. You kindly waved and smiled. I remember liking you even back then. You've clearly maintained your mass appeal. Do you think that's via your relatable material or animated delivery? Or both? Or something else entirely?

Answer: Yeah I remember that. I thought "who's that." Yeah. I'm fantastic. I'm a good waver too. Like to think it was not just the material or facial expressions but more the Everyman touch. And modesty.

Question: Your material's grounded by everyday conventions & acute observations - if that's a fair call. Are your antennae constantly probing (and you, scribbling down what your mind delivers)? Or do you dedicate specific times to churn out comedy?

Answer: I'm in the UK at present on tour on my own and I use this time to think of jokes but a lot of the time no. I don't try and think of jokes. They normally just present themselves and then I write them down.

Question: What question have you never been asked, you've always wanted to answer? ii) What's your opinion on that?

Answer: Why do you wear two belts on stage. And I'd say "I don't know. I hope it don't look silly." I don't have opinions. I just have jokes. Too many comics have opinions and very few jokes. That's just my opinion.

Question: If you were to craft a film preview for your upcoming show in Melbourne, what would the narrator start off saying?

Answer: (In a squeaky high pitch voice) "Hello. Hi, Jimeoin is on at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for one night only, doing 3 shows."

Question: How do you hope the audience member will feel after your show?

Answer: Ripped off. No. Spent. From laughing. Probably feel their pockets looking for a parking ticket.


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When: Friday April 17th, Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th at 7:30pm (90 min)
Phone: Ticketmaster: 1300 660 013
Where: The Palms at Crown Melbourne, Southbank,
Cost: $50.83
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Jimeoin is hilarious. I've had the pleasure of attending a couple of his live shows and like that he makes every day events funny and doesn't resort to bad language.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6154) 959 days ago
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