Jimeoin was, yet again, a delight. Words, laughter, mumbling, poking out his tongue, or even just a glance — he can use any of these to set the whole audience laughing.
Jimeoin relies on the everyday for his humour. Sometimes, it’s just a witty observation: His take on how porn should be written if it were realistic is priceless. More often, it’s a story. Jimeoin really excels at the situations we relate to, as it enables him to deftly misdirect us. Lulled into that relaxed amusement of a familiar kind of tale, there’s extra impact when suddenly he hits the audience with an unexpected punchline.
Yet he doesn’t even need to speak. If a picture is worth 1000 words, Jimeoin’s face must be worth at least ten times that. So many expressions and every one of them funny. His recounting of conversations with his wife communicated entirely with facial expressions kept everyone amused with barely a word.
Although he lamented that he might talk for hours until people would just wander out, Jimeoin’s show is so enjoyable that it flies by too fast. Nobody would want to leave, would they? Prove me right. Stay around for the encore. (Yes, really!)
Craig Macbride would like to be able to write this review entirely with facial expressions, but doesn’t have Jimeoin’s talent.
Jimeoin – Renonsense Man runs until 23 April at ACMI – Beyond.
The venue is accessible. (There is a separate lift from box office level to ground level and from ground level to “Beyond” at basement level B2 and that last one requires a staff member to operate, so allow yourself some extra time to negotiate the maze.)