Tuesday, 16 February 2010
PRESS RELEASE:'Jon Kenny is back and better than ever' (The Connaught Tribune) and he will be performing his brand new show in theatres and arts centres around Ireland during 2010.
Jon Kenny Live heralds a return for Jon to the type of work that gave him the reputation as one of the most talented comedians in Ireland. Formally one half of the hugely successful duo d'Unbelievables, Jon Kenny is a multi talented actor, stand-up comedian, musician and singer.
Jon uses the changing face of contemporary Ireland as the scaffold on which to build his hilarious observations and characters in this new show Jon Kenny Live. Running through such contrasting experiences as supporting Munster rugby to visiting a health spa, Kenny takes no prisoners and delights in emphasizing the humour in everyday life.
Kenny has performed his one man show "I'm not says I .... I'm fine!" the length and breadth of the country, gathering rave reviews along the way.
"I have made a conscious decision to pear everything back and create a show that will allow us all to look at where we are now and how we got here. I have returned to what I was doing a long time ago and the reaction is fantastic.
I am starting back at base and creating lots of situations and characters that people will relate to and we can all have a good long laugh at ourselves", said the comedian who is bringing this new show on tour throughout Ireland over the coming months.
"The show is really intimate and I am laying myself bare on the stage. There are no sets, no props, no costume changes it is just fun and laughter all the way!"Jon commented.
The Celtic Tiger is now a distant memory and the media is full of doom and gloom so an evening of hilarious comedy with the inimitable Jon Kenny is just what the doctor ordered.
Jon tell me about your upcoming tour? Where do you get your inspiration from?
I am in Vicar Street this Friday and then I'm down in Cork. The show is stripped back - I used to always perform with musicians or with Pat. It's been quite a while since I did stand up on my own and that's really how I started out in this business in the 80's. Everything is different now - there is a circuit now which there wasn't back then. I am also doing it to see how it's going out there. We look at the Celtic Tiger, the after effects and it starts in the future in 150 years time. I look at where we will be then.
Would you call yourself a comedian?
I am an entertainer. Some say I'm a comedian but that just happened - I never gave myself that label.
Is there anyone in the comedy circle that you might look up to?
Billy Connolly is a great master storyteller.
Everyone obviously remembers you from D'Unbelieveables did you have a favourite sketch you did?
I loved all the live performances.
Then you fell ill in 2000.
I got sick in 2000. I was sick for about four years. I don't think I re-evaluated my career or my life. I had a very blinkered approach to it. I think it was after I got better I looked at things in my life. I was thinking about what intensity of work I was going to do when I got back to it. I didn't want to keep that hectic pace that I did when I was in D'Unbelieveables. I couldn't make up my mind about the pace but my body made that decision for me.
It was great that I was able to spend all that time with my kids and my wife. The pace that I do now is a few gigs here and there and I like that I can go home to the family.
So you took part in Jigs and Reels - are you a natural dancer?
I did Jigs and Reels for one night - I never managed to do any Irish dancing. It was a bit of craic.
Are you thinking of taking on any acting roles?
I am looking at a few scripts at the moment so we'll see.
And what about a new DVD?
I hope to be releasing a DVD by the end of the year.
Any Additional Information:
List of Gigs:
. Feb 20th Vicar Street Theatre, Dublin 01 7755800 www.vicarstreet.com
. Feb 25th University Concert Hall, Limerick 061 331549 www.uch.ie
. Feb 26th The Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork 0214501673 www.everymanpalace.com
. Mar 5th The Maritime Hotel, Bantry , Co Cork 02754700
. Mar 6th The Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co Laois 057 8663355 www.dunamaise.ie
. Mar 19th Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate 090 6482042
. Mar 20th Siamsa Tire Theatre, Tralee, Co Kerry 066 7123055
. Mar 26th An Grianan Arts Centre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal 074 91 20777
. Mar 27th The Courthouse Arts Centre , Tinahely, Co Wicklow 040 238529