Reviewer: Jay Nuttall
“My name’s Jimeoin but I’m not sure if I’m saying it right” Jimeoin tells us two minutes in. It’s a joke he must have told hundreds of times throughout his twenty-five year stand-up career. It really is quite a ridiculous stage name to add to the overall ridiculousness of the man himself.
Jimeoin (pronounced Jim Owen) in a speedy Irish accent has done the lot stand-up wise. Appearances on all of the on-trend comedy stand-up shows over the years he is a master in front of a live audience. He is straight with his crowd from the off. Telling us that it may be an evening of stupid faces he begins with his first rubber-faced expressions of the night. Jimeoin’s huge talent is his wonderfully expressive visage. Indeed, he achieves most of his biggest laughs with a raise of an eyebrow, a cheeky look back or a knowing glance as if to say he knows how ridiculous his comedy is.
For his entire set Jimeoin relishes the idea of being able to muck about onstage. He has a tightly scripted show that feels like he lurches from one gag to the next in a free flow of consciousness. “I’ve heard some of these jokes before” he confesses, “and they’re not great”. In certain ways he is an old-fashioned comedian with set-ups and punchlines. And he delivers them at an impressive rate of knots. And he isn’t afraid to simply tell jokes at points. But the backbone of Jimeoin’s routines is his style of observational comedy. He draws great swells of laughter of recognition from his audience without really treading any new comedy territory. Social faux pas, accents, new technology, dating, supermarket etiquette, forgetfulness, family life and being drunk have been the subject matter for observational stand-ups for time immemorial. But Jimeoin easiness, as if having a chat with a mate in a pub, is his charm.
With an Irish-Manchester contingent of loyal fans in his audience, he delights them with more silliness on his guitar. His witty ditties are very clever and very short and he obviously loves putting in the work for a great pay-off – such as patiently watching him tune his guitar for him only to put it down and finish playing. He tells us a few times that his show has a bit of substance under the surface but the biggest joke (that we are all in on) is that is simply not true. “It’s all nonsense” he says and it is. No stuff and a lot of nonsense.
Reviewed on 13th October 2017 | Image: Contributed