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Irish Australian comic Jimeoin performs at Cheltenham Town Hall

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 26, 2013

By Helen Blow

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IT'S A tough life for a comedian performing in the outer reaches of outback Australia so Irish comedian Jimeoin had to pull out the stops when he moved Down Under.

As a result his stand-up routine is a razor sharp take on the absurdities of every day life and his humour is cheeky and sometimes surreal.

He arrives at Cheltenham Town Hall tomorrow on the back of sell-out tours across the UK, Ireland and Australia.

His visit to the town is as part of his 2013 nationwide tour What?!, which doesn't really give many clues to what to expect.

None of his pre-show publicity gives any further hints as to the make-up of the show but it's probably safe to say it will contain more of his quirky, self-contained humour that has been the driving force of all his stand-up performances.

Indeed a previous routine referred to simply as the 'Eyebrows' routine, raised more laughs than anyone would expect from such a simple concept.

Jimoin says it occurred to him on stage once when a heckler shouted fire and he said that was an 'eyebrows up' moment and it developed from there.

Indeed he reckons he could do a whole show on eyebrows but perhaps we all hope that 'What?!' isn't going to be that show.

As well as comedy, the father of four whose real name is James Stephen Eoin McKeown, is also a keen fisherman, skateboarder and golfer.

He is a veteran of TV stand-up shows such as Live at the Apollo and has multiple appearances on Best of Edinburgh Comedy Festival to his name.

He admits he'd love to have his own show over here on British television, saying it would be the best way of getting his name better known and subsequently bring in the crowds to his touring shows.

As well as being a familiar face in Blighty, Jimoein has made a name for himself globally, appearing everywhere from New Zealand to New York, Aspen to Amsterdam and the Middle East to the Far East.

But is it in Australia that this son of Ireland has really made it big, touring through its vast outback regions as well as playing major cities and festivals across the land.

As one of the leading names of comedy in Australia, he has appeared regularly at such spotlight events as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Adelaide Fringe.

He became one of the first comedians there to tour 'over the top' of the country – the inhospitable nether regions of Oz, where there are more kangeroos and dingoes than people.

He performed anywhere from hotels and theatres to swimming pools and cattle ranches and 'anywhere that looked a bit interesting'.

Cheltenham Town Hall couldn't be more of a contrast, but he is hoping the welcome will be as warm as the Aussie climate.

Tickets cost £14 from 0844 576 2210 or online at www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk. The evening starts at 7.30pm.

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