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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
“I’m fascinated by that thing,” says Neil Delamere pointing at my voice recorder. “Are you going to have to listen to our whole conversation back?”
That is kind of the idea, I concur.
The Irish comedian looks sympathetic. “You’re going to try and have to make sense of my ramblings.”
In truth the conversation does jump around a bit. Delamere has a magpie mind and in the hour or so I spend with him we cover everything from the state of the economy to the idea of Delamere posing for Hot Press in lingerie, which if we could persuade him to do it, would be quite a coup. I reckon he’d look fetching in blue.
“My skin tone is pale blue! I’m like something from Avatar. The only trouble is, where do you go from there? It’s like scoring the winning goal in the World Cup. I like to have something to aim for – it keeps the human spirit alive. A man can dare to dream!”
Although perhaps not exactly the same thing, Delamere has been playing dress up of late. Having discovered a while back his ancestors were fond of travelling by long ship and plundering their neighbours, Delamere has made a two-part documentary, The Only Viking In The Village, due to be screened from November 29.
“I’ve always been interested in Vikings. I wrote a show for Edinburgh in 2007 or 2008 and I decided it would be great to do it over here. In the first part I’m in Dublin learning about Vikings in preparation for going to Denmark and living with people who live like Vikings for a few weeks of the year.
“It’s great fun to do, running around with Viking swords. It would release the inner boy of even the grumpiest man in the world. Simon Cowell, Larry David – get them to put on a Viking helmet and fight a bearded man and the bloodlust will rise within milliseconds. You feel like going out to rape and pillage and burn down a monastery!”
Talking of raping and pillaging, Delamere has recently been trying to make headway understanding the current economic crisis during his stint at Kilkenomics.