We sat down with comedian Jimeoin to discuss breaking into comedy, his new tour, Ridiculous, and the joy of stand-up.

"It came from Conor McGregor's fight, he was called 'Notorious' and I thought I'd call myself 'Ridiculous'," says Jimeoin as he explains the title of his latest tour. 

The Northern Irish, Australian-based, comedian is bringing his exceptional brand of observational comedy to Vicar Street this Friday, November 2nd. 

"It's just jokes. It's gags and stories, you'll be none the wiser at the end of it all - there ain't no message or moral high ground."

Moments of laughter
Growing up, the stand-up says he had no interest in the world of comedy, but that the ability to remember and share jokes came naturally to him.

"I didn't think I was going to be a comedian. I didn't watch a lot of comedians on TV," he admits.

"I have an ability - I know some people have it with music, I have this - if someone told me a joke I would remember that joke forever, I'll remember who told me the joke, I'll remember where I was when I heard of it.

"I will remember all the details of that moment of laughing. I remember really strong moments of laughter in my life."

Take the money and go
Although his accomplished career includes appearances on Live at the Apollo, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and the Royal Variety Performance, the funnyman insists that the most high-profile gigs are often the least fulfilling.

"There have been moments when I've done TV things and I've thought, 'This is awful, this is absolutely horrendous'. Sometimes I've done paid gigs or ads and thought, 'Hey ho, take the money and go'.

"Stand up though, even when I'm on tour and going from hotel room to hotel room, the actual gigs are joyous. I love the gigs.

"As an art form. It's great because you don't have to run it past anybody. With TV or film, you have people involved. I once wrote a film and at the end of it, I hated it, but with stand up - you have an idea, if it doesn't work, you drop it. If it works, you keep it. It's a great art form. A very simple but very joyous thing to do."

There are, of course, some exceptions to the rule.

"The Craic is a film I made twenty years ago this year and that was a lot of fun - I just made it totally independently. The next film was a massive group of people - a committee doing art just isn't how things work."

Bringing out the bins
On paper, the comedian's topics might read as incredibly mundane - opening doors, raising eyebrows, and taking the bins out don't exactly scream funny - but it is in the most banal human behaviour that Jimeoin finds the commentary to make your sides ache.

"Everything about human behaviour, I find interesting. I don't find the details of politics or anything... I'm not interested in Brexit in the slightest, or pop stars, movies, celebrities.

"The actual human behaviour, I do find interesting. I see myself in these people and I see my own shortcomings and feelings. I like to talk about those things. because if I'm honest about that and someone says, 'I do that, too', you don't feel lonely in your hopelessness."

Breaking the business
With almost thirty years in the business behind him, the comedian has seen some noticeable changes in his industry. For one, social media, YouTube and podcasts have become almost a necessity for a thriving career - according to Jimeoin, that might not be such a bad thing.

"You always have to break. I got a break off a TV show, I went to Austalia and they had a thing called a mid-day show, it's live and no comic would do it, but I did. It was like doing a podcast, something that just got me one step up. That's what everyone is looking for."

"I'm still looking for this break. In the UK, I'm like a folk singer, I get a small number of people who come along but it's certainly not mainstream so you continually have to go through these things. I'd do a podcast, I found an audience in the UK through YouTube."

"I started before it, but I'm still part of it."

Tickets priced €28 are on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.