Jimeoin is one of the few comedians with the power to bring an audience of thousands (including us here at Mayhem!) to their knees with just one facial expression. It’s all about the eyebrows…check out our Facebook page for some leg slapping, tear jerking clips! Read on to find out more…
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: YOU CURRENTLY LIVE IN AUSTRALIA WITH YOUR FAMILY, BUT YOU WERE BORN IN THE UK AND GREW UP IN NORTHERN IRELAND. HOW HAS THIS INFLUENCED YOUR CAREER?
Born in England, bred in Ireland and buttered in Australia. I’m not big on nationality as a direct result, but never have been. I never find people who are that funny or compassionate. It’s a humorless thing nationality.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: SO WHEN AND WHY DID YOU MOVE TO AUS…?
I moved out in 1988 when I was 22. I came out as a backpacker initially but then really liked the place and decided to stay.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: WERE YOU WORKING IN COMEDY BEFORE YOU MOVED?
No, I actually started working in comedy while in Oz. I haven’t done much in the UK comedy wise, but intend to in the future.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: HOW DOES THE COMEDY SCENE IN THE OUTBACK COMPARE TO OURS HERE IN THE UK? DO THE SAME JOKES WORK WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THE WORLD?
The same jokes work everywhere. Mine do especially as I don’t talk about politics or things on TV or those other things that aren’t really funny. Monday is a hard night to get laughs out of people.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT BBC DOWN UNDER…
It was a BBC series following me while on tour across northern Australia, from Broome on the west coast of Australia to Byron Bay which is half way down the east coast. I’m really proud of it but not sure if I would do it again. It was so much work, but then again TV always is.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: MANY YOUNG COMICS CHOOSE STAND-UP AS CAREER AS OPPOSED TO STUMBLING INTO IT LIKE MANY OTHERS, DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO GET INTO COMEDY? WHAT WERE THE OPTIONS?
I didn’t want to work at all really. I’d worked on building sites for quite a few years and found it tough. Stand up happened by default and I didn’t take it seriously which I think really helped. I wanted to be an actor or to be in a band, anything but work!
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: HAVING BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR 20 YEARS, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW EMERGING TALENT…IS THERE ANYONE YOU THINK WE SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR?
Yes me. Look out for me. The rest are really average. In fact I’m the only good one out there.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: TELL US ABOUT THOSE EYEBROWS OF YOURS…IT’S A BRILLIANT PART OF YOUR SKETCH. WERE YOU ALWAYS SO AWARE OF YOUR EYEBROWS? WHAT WAS THE EUREKA MOMENT FOR THAT PARTICULAR JOKE?
Someone shouted “fire” at me on stage once and I said “that’s always said with eyebrows up”. I think it developed from there. Or maybe not. I’m thinking right now with my eyebrows down.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: SET THE SCENE FOR US: YOU’RE BACK STAGE GETTING READY FOR A SHOW…
I’m surrounded by a line of chorus girls telling me how fantastic I am. The champagne is in the ice bucket and the spa is filling, it should be ready for the end of the show.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOUR NEW TOUR ‘LOVELY’ AND HOW DOES THIS DIFFER FROM PREVIOUS TOURS?
My tours just keep getting better. It’s like the last tour. Just funnier.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: HOW WILL YOU MAKE YOUR TOUR ‘LOVELY’?
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED SOME AMAZING THINGS SO FAR WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE?
This interview has got to be up there. I really enjoy any gig where I feel like I’m really being myself. Big TV gigs don’t really impress me, or rather don’t make me laugh. I think comedy works best when it’s live. Get out and see some stand up live. It’s a great night out.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW: YOU’VE WRITTEN, ACTED AND BEEN INVOLVED IN THE MOVIE INDUSTRY IN THE PAST, IS THIS AN AREA YOU INTEND TO RETURN TO?
I’d like to work in lots of different areas but I think the trick is for it to be fun whatever.
JIMEOIN INTERVIEW:FINALLY. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO ACHIEVE?
A lot of money doing something I love. Stand up.
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Interview by Felicty Patrick
Image by Steve Ullathorne