Refining a lost art of the commonplace
This article is from 2008.
Less is definitely more with this Irish comic. Although he's playing to a packed house, Jimeoin eschews the customary mic-stand and bellowing delivery and instead wears a discreet ear-piece, talks softly, mumbles quite a bit and relies on facial expressions to put his act across. That said, he also periodically dropkicks Maltesers into his mouth. Neither is his material what you'd call cutting edge, although his observations about human thought processes and the body language of guilt, shame, hope and other emotional states are original and insightful.
But who cares if the material is commonplace when the substance of Jimeoin's constantly amusing, often hilarious show is less about what he says and more about what he doesn't say between his lines? Stretching out a skit about when it's appropriate to raise and lower one's eyebrows for many long, funny minutes is no small achievement. Here's a Fringe veteran who has truly refined his art.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 25 Aug (not 18, 21), 8.45pm, £11.50–£14 (£10.50–£12.50); 21 Aug, 7.30pm, £11.50 (£10.50).