Kilkenny gig for top comic Neil Delamere

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Neil Delamere

Top Irish stand-up Neil Delamere has announced details of his brand new 50-date tour which
comes to Langtons Ballroom Kilkenny on February 7, 2019.

Controlled Substance kicks off in Wexford’s Spiegeltent on October 26 and concludes in the
Braid Theatre, Ballymena on April 26. 

The Offaly funnyman is well-known to audiences for his regular television appearance on RTE and the BBC, as well as his sell-out, stand-up tours.

The Irish Times says of Neil “No TV camera could accurately measure the lightening speed
of Delamere’s wit” and audiences can expect hilarious banter and quick-witted, well-
observed comedy at Controlled Substance as they have come to expect from the popular
stand-up, whose recent wry Brexit ‘solution’ (“have a border but we let the guards from Áras
an Uachtaráin patrol it.”) was lauded as ‘quote of the week’ by several media outlets.

Neil returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year where his shows garnered rave
reviews, including a coveted five stars from The Scotsman, the premier broadsheet reviewer
at the event, who described him as “a master”.

While touring Controlled Substance this Autumn, Neil will also return to a telly near you in a
new series of Soft Border Patrol, the BBC Northern Ireland mockumentary set along the
border, post-Brexit.  Neil plays head of IT Niall Sweeney, whose pronouncements on border
issues became a viral hit this summer, garnering more than two million views.

Staying with television, Neil will also make a weekly return to TV screens from the end of
October in the 14th season of the ever-popular topical news and current affairs panel show The
Blame Game on BBC Northern Ireland. Delamere is one of the stars of the show, alongside
Colin Murphy, Jake O’Kane and host Tim McGarry.

The show regularly gets more audience share than Graham Norton and Delamere is now considered an “adopted northerner”, selling out successive nights at the Ulster Hall and Grand Opera House.

Neil is soon to star in BBC Scotland’s first television broadcast of the long-running radio
comedy show, Breaking the News. On radio, Neil recently made his debut on BBC Radio 4’s
legendary Newsquiz.

A seasoned television performer for many years, Neil was the host of Eureka! , a 10-part
science-based show for RTE. He also wrote and presented the IFTA and Celtic Media award-
winning historical documentaries on the Vikings and St. Patrick, as well as the acclaimed
RTE comedy documentary series on Irish historical figures, Holding Out For A Hero. He
presented his own weekend show on Today FM, Neil Delamere’s Sunday Best which he
relinquished due to touring commitments.