Presented by A List Entertainment
Reviewed 5th March 2015
After meeting Jimeoin for a quiet coffee and a chat yesterday morning, and seeing the ‘real world’ side of the man, I was excited to see his contrasting on stage persona burst on to the stage at the Royalty Theatre.
I was shocked to find that this was not precisely what occurred. In fact from the moment Jimeoin walked into the spotlight, it was instantly an intimate performance. No god-like celebrity who was worlds apart from the crowd, just a bunch of friends coming together for a good old belly laugh.
He almost instantly began interacting with the front row of the audience, which I found surprising, as I have NO clue how he could manage to see them with all that lighting, perhaps he’s been eating his carrots.
Regardless, he didn’t have much choice but to interact, as the heckling came almost instantly. His quick wit and quippy remarks bounced back and forth with various audience members and made us all feel involved. I assume the sense of community that I felt from the surrounding crowd came from us all thinking the same thing though ‘Marie in the front row had had a few too many champagnes pre-show, and could do with letting the man get on with it’
And he did. Jimeoin got back to the very basics of comedy, brilliant jokes. If asked what the theme of the show was I couldn’t really pick one. He told tales of his family and kids, about his past, about social situations, observations on society. We didn’t go on one big journey, but several little ones, all relatable to each individual there.
He had us laughing until we cried or went into silent seal mode: clapping your hands together slowly, with no actual sound coming out of your mouth. And in the case of the gentleman sitting behind me, spraying his beer out everywhere and coating me in a thin film of spittle and what smelled like Hahn Super Dry. That is not a joke. And no I did not laugh.
Towards the closing of the show Jimeoin picked up the stage’s only prop (aside from his beer of course) a guitar, and began to play beautifully. He’s quite musical in fact, who knew?! Now don’t worry, this was not the kind of show where everyone was expected to join together and sing Kumbaya, but with titles like ‘A love song: balls deep’ and ‘Asparagus makes your pee stink’ it certainly wasn’t one for the kids.
All in all the show was fabulous, a real must see for comedy lovers this Adelaide Fringe. Not one for the sensitive types, as some topics were a little controversial and also not one for those on strict time scales, as the show started 45minutes late. But nevertheless an absolutely great night out that will leave you with sore sides from laughing so hard.
Reviewed by Hannah Pendlebury
Venue: The Royalty Theatre, Angas St, Adelaide
Season: March 6th-15th
Duration: 1 hour
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)