Neil Delamere @ Róisín Dubh

NEIL DELAMERE, one of Ireland’s best and most popular comedians, will bring his new show, Restructuring, to the Róisín Dubh on Wednesday March 7 at 8.30pm.

The Offaly man’s new show is both inspired by the recession and the eurozone debt crisis but is also about giving people a much needed break from the doom and gloom.

“I kept on hearing the word ‘restructuring’ - of the banks, of debt, etc, - it’s a catch-all term,” Neil told me when I interviewed him earlier this year. “I am also moving house so there is restructuring going on in my personal life. I am also moving jobs. I am concentrating on live work, The Panel is not on anymore, but we have The Blame Game on BBC Northern Ireland.

“There isn’t too much concentration on the economy in the show as people have too much of that already. I know it’s the elephant in the room but people need light relief from the financial Armageddon being shoved down our throats.”

Restructuring will also feature handy advice on how to handle British traffic police, drawn from Neil’s own experiences of said authorities.

“People will find out that if you are cycling a bike, somewhat worse for wear, around Edinburgh at 4am, you will draw the attention of the traffic police,” laughs Neil, “and when he catches up with you, please do not do what I did. Even if you do know the answers don’t give answers to the big man in uniform that is quite angry, and give him your real name, not Hector Ó hEochagáin!”

Support is from the excellent young Dublin comedian Gearoid Farrelly. Tickets are available from the Róisín Dubh and www.roisindubh.net

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