Edenderry comedian Neil Delamere is looking forward to his gig in the Tullamore Court Hotel this evening (Sunday) not just because he knows everyone in the audience will be on the same wavelength as him. He's also looking forward to putting a smile on his Mammy's face by turning up at his family home in Edenderry afterwards for the day that's in it - Mother's Day.
Speaking to the Offaly Independent this week Neil said that though he's been gigging his current show 'Restructuring' since last October and will continue until April, new audiences keep him refreshed. He admits that he likes "messing around with the people in the first few rows" at his gigs, but said if he can see you'd prefer anything more than being messed with he'll leave you alone.
'Restructuring' sees Neil come to terms with the changes in Ireland, the world and his own living arrangements, including handy hints on how to handle the UK police as well as sage advice on why not to pour olive oil in your ears.
Playing to a home crowd of fellow Offalians is something Neil said he's very much looking forward to, as he feels it gives him an extra bit of freedom. "It's brilliant because people will get every single reference," he said. Reminiscing about his last gig in Offaly, in Birr Theatre, he said no sooner had he started joking about Brian Whelehan than someone from the audience informed him that the man himself was there and a spotlight picked out the hurling great.
Though Neil now calls Dublin home, he said he gets home a lot more often than many from other parts of the country as "the joy of coming from Offaly is that it's on the way to everywhere".
Neil will perform his brand new show in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Sunday, March 18, at 8.30pm as well as a second Offaly gig in Birr Theatre on Thursday, April 12. For more information and to book see www.neildelamere.com or www.facebook.com/neildelamere.