Neil Delamere is however making his mark on UK audiences racking up Comedy Central credits including The World Stands Up, The Comedy Store and getting the mainstream recognition he deserves on Michael McIntyre‚Äôs Comedy Roadshow.
Was it the luck of the Irish? Not really.¬† No gimmicks, just the charm of simply having great jokes and hilarious anecdotes has endeared Neil Delamere to audiences from Europe all the way to Canada.
Comedy Central chats to the comic on being pals with Michael McIntyre, why he‚Äôd be Jesus for the day and the curse of the Irish – ginger hair.
Since the first ‚Äúblind, abject terror‚ÄĚ of his first gig back in 2001 at Dublin‚Äôs oldest comedy venue the Comedy Cellar (the club didn‚Äôt even have a microphone), Neil Delamere has broadcast from Montreal‚Äôs Just for Laughs Festival, had two platinum selling DVDs and has earned five-star reviews at Edinburgh. Not bad for a lad from the centre of the Emerald Isle.
Five-star reviews aside, in August, whilst the majority of the UK‚Äôs comedians migrate like pink-footed geese north to the Edinburgh Fringe, Neil, who has delighted audiences for three years on the trot at the festival, is steering clear this year opting to play a short run at London‚Äôs Soho Theatre.
For many comics, having to take a year off from the Fringe can be akin to losing an arm or at the very least being troubled by an annoying rash, so why isn‚Äôt he there this year?
Well, over the past year in Ireland Neil has been busy working on numerous shows including being a regular panellist on RT√Č‚Äôs The Panel and hosting his new TV review show Republic of Telly – by host we mean riding around in a Delorean dressed like Marty McFly.¬† Jealous!
‚ÄėIt took so long to make the actual show that it would have been a rush to try and get a full show for Edinburgh this year,‚Äô Neil says.
‚ÄėEdinburgh‚Äôs definitely a place where you have to really believe in the show that you‚Äôre doing‚Ä¶and it‚Äôs unwise to go unprepared.‚Äô
Wise words.¬† But what can the punters expect of his London show?
‚ÄėIt‚Äôs my favourite bits, bits that I haven‚Äôt done in a while and also the start of a new show that‚Äôs probably going to be ready in a couple of weeks.
‚ÄėSo that‚Äôs why I didn‚Äôt get to go there this year but I‚Äôll go there again next year definitely.
Citing Tommy Tiernan, Ardal O‚ÄôHanlon, Dara O‚ÄôBriain and obviously Father Ted as his influences, this software engineering graduate turned comedian is now friends with arguably one of the most powerful stand-ups of in recent years ‚Äď Michael McIntyre.
Lucky enough to land a spot on Michael‚Äôs Comedy Roadshow, Neil has managed to project himself right into the living rooms of the British public, where hopefully he‚Äôll stay.
‚ÄėI‚Äôve known Michael for years, we‚Äôve done various things together and [when the Roadshow came over to Northern Ireland] I suppose he just knew that I was knocking around.‚Äô
The second series of the BBC show is being recorded at the moment, but Neil isn‚Äôt on the roster this time.
‚ÄėI don‚Äôt know if anybody‚Äôs going to be on series two that was on series one.
‚Äė‚Ä¶or maybe there all going to be on it ‚Ä¶which would be awkward wouldn‚Äôt it?!‚Äô
Neil‚Äôs got a plan though if they are, he‚Äôll just sit in the front row and heckle them all!
‚ÄėOh it‚Äôd have to be Jesus. Jesus or someone with superpowers.¬† I‚Äôve no interest in just being Jesus and just kind of preaching to them and that, I‚Äôve got to be doing shit.
‚ÄėYeah, I‚Äôll be curing lepers‚Ä¶or maybe giving leprosy to other people, I don‚Äôt know if there‚Äôs a constant balance of lepers you need in the world.‚Äô
‚ÄėWalking across water, water into wine, I mean what a hit at a party you‚Äôd be!‚Äô
Not that Neil needs any superpowers to be a hit at a party. Unless it‚Äôs the facial hair he desires‚Ä¶
Last year what seemed to be a mutated caterpillar had invaded Neil‚Äôs top lip.¬† In fact he had been taking part in Movember ‚Äď the annual tache-growing event raising awareness for men‚Äôs health issues, namely prostate cancer.
‚ÄėI just remember that I looked like a paedophile, possibly like somebody who‚Äôd should be wearing a checked shirt and being surprised that there‚Äôs a black person in the United States‚Äô White House.
‚ÄėI looked like David Niven‚Äôs creepy housekeeper. That‚Äôs what I looked like‚Ä¶maybe his gardener.‚Äô
Creepy David Niven look-alikes aside, he did manage to raise ‚Äėseveral thousand‚Äô Euros for the cause.
But with Irish heritage comes a curse‚Ä¶
‚ÄėLike all Irish people no matter what you look like, including women, if you grow a moustache, or beard, it will have some red in it. It‚Äôs like genetic rules.
‚ÄėYou could actually have alopecia, be entirely hairless over your entire body and you could will still be ginger there.‚Äô
‚ÄėIt‚Äôs bizarre and I don‚Äôt have red hair, its like that God has decided a little bit of you will be ginger and when you least expect it its sneaks up on you.‚Äô