Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Jimeoin

Observational comedy ninja Jimeoin returns to Edinburgh this summer with not one but two mighty shows. There's the nightly Result at 8.40pm, full of his usual trademark pin-sharp reflections on the modern world. Then from Thursdays to Saturdays he will barely have time for a cup of tea before he is back onstage at 10pm with the more raucous but just-as-funny “Roast Chicken Result!” named after life’s little extra joys, such as coming home from the pub, feeling peckish and finding an entire roast chicken in the fridge. Take you pick, either version will be hilarious. And if you can't get to Edinburgh this August Jimeoin is touring afterwards. Now that really is a result.

 

Jimeoin is at the Pleasance at EICC from August 2 - 26 at 8.40pm. Buy tickets here. Roast Chicken Result! is at 10pm from Thursdays - Saturdays from August 9. Tickets here. He is then on tour after Edinburgh. Details here.

 

Picture: James Penlidis

 

1. What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt and check for spinach between your teeth)?

Breathe out. So when you walk on stage you have somewhere to go. Sounds simple but it means you have somewhere to go. You don’t want to be going on stage and breathing out and looking defeated before you even start. 

2. What irritates you?

Other comics in general. Especially the ones that I think ain’t that funny but seem to be doing better than me in their career.  

3. What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?

Stand up for the first time. That's how it felt. More than a bungee jump. In fact that's how you should come on stage for the first time. On the end of a bungee line. Drop on stage from above, tell a joke and then exit the same way as the line tightens.   

4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

That's probably a book for me more than a question. But getting married and having 4 kids has to be up there. 

5. What has surprised you the most during your career in comedy?

How bright the light was when you come on stage. And how shit it is backstage. Everyone wants to get backstage when a band is on. But some of the backstage areas in comedy clubs can be horrendous. The Comedy Store backstage in London in the 90s was like putting the ring on and entering Mordor. 

 
Interview continues here.
 

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