It’s great – I can have a few drinks after the show

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AU­DI­ENCES are in for a ‘Re­sult’ at this year’s com­edy fes­ti­val as Jimeoin re­turns to South­port to kick off his UK tour.

Jimeoin last ap­peared in town two years ago, and is look­ing for­ward to his lat­est ap­pear­ance at the fes­ti­val.

He said: “Fes­ti­vals in gen­eral are a bit more open to get­ting an au­di­ence.

“If there’s no fes­ti­val they’re go­ing to see you, but at a fes­ti­val they’re trust­ing the or­gan­iser’s de­ci­sions.

“I did the fes­ti­val two years ago, I re­mem­ber sun­sets over the pier and stay­ing above the place I was play­ing at.

“That was great, I usu­ally have to drive, so I could have a few drinks after the show!”

The fes­ti­val is the first night of the Ir­ish comic’s UK tour, but this is sim­ply an­other night of con­tin­u­ous show­man­ship for a man who tries to per­form as much as pos­si­ble.

“I’m in Aus­tralia at the mo­ment, I’m do­ing Tas­ma­nia, then Dar­win, there’s never a start or a stop to my shows.

“I find it hard to do a gig after a bit of time off, you can’t prac­tice stand up, there’s no sub­sti­tute, if you take time off you’re not ‘match fit’ as they say.

“I took three months off early in my ca­reer and the first night back was aw­ful.

“There was a big dif­fer­ence in the sec­ond night from the first.”

Jimeoin’s show, called ‘Re­sult’ in ref­er­ence to one of his most fa­mous jokes about drunken cook­ing, has been two years in the mak­ing whilst still per­form­ing pre­vi­ous ma­te­rial. “It’s taken two years to write the show, I’ve not been to any of the places I’m play­ing in the last two years.” Those two years have been spent mostly in Aus­tralia, where Jimeoin now lives. “I’ve been liv­ing here for 30 years, I came over on a year’s work­ing visa but I knew the day I ar­rived here I wanted to stay,’’ he ex­plained. “I was work­ing in con­struc­tion, and I’d just spent a win­ter in Lon­don. “This was be­fore global warm­ing, the steel was stick­ing to my hands – it was that cold. “I started do­ing stand-up here, I’d never re­ally seen it be­fore but I like the con­cept of jokes, the abil­ity to tell a story. “Ev­ery­one in my fam­ily has the abil­ity was ca­pa­ble of telling jokes, so it came fairly nat­u­ral.” Jimeoin, Re­sult! is at the Ra­mada Plaza Ho­tel, Prom­e­nade, South­port, on Wednes­day, Oc­to­ber 10. Tick­ets priced £16.50 are avail­able di­rect from the venue or visit: www. south­port­com­e­dyfes­ti­val.com SEE panel below for fur­ther de­tails of the line-up for this year’s South­port Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

Jimeoin’s back in town: ‘‘I re­mem­ber the sun­sets over the pier’’

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