Jimeoin On Ice (Ire/Aus)

SKY CITY Theatre, Auckland

29/04/2008 - 03/05/2008

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details


From the magical world of Jimeoin comes this new, smash hit show. See Jimeoin gracefully skate through brilliantly funny observations on the absurdities of everyday life. With previous sell out seasons in Montreal, Edinburgh and London, you would not want to miss out.

Jimeoin has forged a remarkable comedy career in his adopted homeland, as well as touring the world to critical and commercial acclaim. His regular appearances at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival + his widely successful Australian tours always attract sell-out audiences. Equally as well-known in his native Ireland as he is in his adopted homeland, he has an extensive international touring portfolio including New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and repeat invitations to the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival.

Jimeoin is one of the very few comedians to have his own show on a national network. And he’s also a favourite on international TV, with an appearance on "Late Nights with Conan O’Brien" and several UK TV guest spots. His two feature films "The Craic" and "The Extra" both achieved broad success and have been released internationally.

And to finish…Jimeoin’s new DVD "Jimeoin & Bob’s Cooking Show" recorded live at The Famous Speigeltent is now available at all DVD retailers. It’s certainly not your average cooking show! Jimeoin’s good friend Bob Franklin (Fox 8’s Stupid, Stupid Man) shares the title and the mayhem. Together, they are a comedy tour de force. 

"A Comic Masterpiece" Daily Mail UK

"As sharp as they come… Stand up is rarely so appealing" London Evening Standard 

Dates: April 29th – May 3rd, 7:15pm
Venue: SKYCITY Theatre (Corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets), Auckland
Tickets: Adults $34.90, Concessions and Groups of 10+ $31.90 (service fees may apply)
Bookings: TICKETEK – 0800 TICKETEK (0800 824 5385)
Show Duration: 1 hour

1hr, no interval

Inane genius

Review by Nik Smythe 30th Apr 2008

Despite his long term relationship with Auckland’s Comedy Festival this is the first time I have had the privilege of the humour of Jimeoin, seemingly at once laid back and easygoing, and possibly dangerous given the baldness and the Irish accent. 

The first thing I notice is what a terrible shirt he’s wearing.  It is soon clear that’s exactly what he wants me to think when he goes on at length into the oddly riveting details about why he chose that shirt.  I think the claim that he’s going for the ‘not too sure look’ is sufficient but never mind, he’s got to rave on about something.  It doesn’t even occur to me until he mentions it that the title is misleading; there is no ice in the show… so why isn’t it called ‘Jimeoin, Neat’?

In his infectiously amusing manner, Jimeoin does that thing where you keep feeling like the show hasn’t really started yet, he’s just working up to getting around to it kind of thing.  If it’s an illusion that good comedy is effortless, Jimeoin must be going to create the biggest illusion of the absolute least effort possible, or less.   

At the very least he must be gunning for some kind of award for the most banal material record, with his extended impressions of the things that matter the least – rock and roll stereotypes, posing in public restroom mirrors, the Hokey Pokey [sic] (a handily irritating response to anyone who ever wonders aloud what it’s all about)… the pinnacle being a particularly earnest country and western ode to his kitchen drawers. 

So, either he is driven by some such twisted genius type ambition, or he’s just doing what it looks like he’s doing – having a quiet laugh with us and another one to himself.  He’s considerate enough to warn us well in advance that he will do an encore, so we don’t all fook off and miss it.  Top service from an irreverent wee Irishman with not’n better to do than talk some inane shite to an international crowd who are paying him for it. 

Good job anyway.


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