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Neil And Be Thankful

Funnyman Neil Delamere holds forth on the ongoing economic shitstorm, comedy groupies and his family’s dodgy history as sword-wielding marauders with interesting moustaches.

Anne Sexton, 06 Dec 2011



“A lot of the time when you are writing a show for Edinburgh you have to have a show title by April for a show you’re going to do in August. Basically you’re trying to name a show that doesn’t exist. Then they say, ‘Write a little blurb and tell us what the show is about.’ And you go, ‘Well, it’s a classic mix of banter and material.’ It’s almost a philosophical, Zen way of describing the show. You feel like a psychiatrist. When you’re asked to describe the show, you want to ask, ‘Well, what do you think it should be about?’”

While Delamere is one of Ireland’s most popular comics, he claims that he is not an instantly recognisable face.

“Some people court fame and some people don’t. I prefer to hang out with models in my house so we don’t get papped!” he laughs.

“I go to football matches and the cinema and play a bit of football. I’m not really interested in the rest of it. You can go to every opening if you like – each to their own. Sometimes you get asked to do things. I was asked to do The Restaurant. I told my brother who I used to live with and he was like, ‘Really? The Restaurant? You should go on and make your specialty – scrambled eggs on toast.’ I co


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