Jimeoin (/ˈɪmɪn/; born James Eoin Stephen Paul McKeown,[1] 24 January 1966) is an Irish stand-up comedian and actor. He rose to prominence in Australia in the early 1990s, and had his own TV show.

Birth nameJames Eoin Stephen Paul McKeown
Born (1966-01-24) 24 January 1966
Leamington Spa, England
Years active1990–present
GenresObservational comedy
SpouseCatherine Arena (2000–present), 4 children
Notable works and rolesJimeoin Down Under, Jimeoin, Jimeoin & Bob's Cooking Show

He came to UK public attention between 2005 and 2008 while performing an "over the top" comedy tour of Australia's outback and major cities, which was filmed for the BBC Northern Ireland documentary Jimeoin Down Under.[2] He has also gained international recognition and is a frequent performer at comedy festivals, including the world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe where he made his debut in 1993 and where he has since appeared each August.[2]


Jimeoin was born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England to Irish parents[3] and grew up in Portstewart, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He went to Dominican College, Portstewart. He moved to Australia at the age of 22, gaining work as a gardener after working on building sites in London for four years.[4] He lives in Melbourne with wife Catherine Arena and their four children.[4]

Jimeoin's UK television appearances include Sunday Night at the Palladium (ITV1), Live at the Apollo (BBC1), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), Channel 4's O2 Comedy Gala, Dave's One Night Stand, Edinburgh Comedy Festival – Live! (BBC3, three consecutive years), Monumental (BBC NI team captain, series I and II), Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (BBC1). He has also appeared on the Conan O'Brien Show in the US as well on a number of international specials for Montreal's Just for Laughs. in 2016 he guested on John Lloyd's Museum of Curiosity for BBC Radio 4.[5]

He both starred in and co-wrote two Australian feature film comedies, The Craic (1999) and The Extra (2005), both co-starring Bob Franklin.[6] He had his own comedy television programme, the eponymous Jimeoin (1994–95) which ran for three seasons.[2] He played Convict Griffin in the sitcom Bligh (1992).[7]

He is also known for his extensive live comedy tours in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In 2013 he made his solo debut at London's Hammersmith Apollo and began to take his tours into the arenas, starting with the Belfast Odyssey Arena.

In an interview with the Townsville Bulletin on 11 March 2009 he stated that "I'm not really into that nationality thing but I've been watching the Socceroos in the football and when it comes to sport I really go for Australia. Well Ireland's shit at everything so what choice do I have?"[8] In 2010 he completed a new series Jimeoin: Over the Top for The Comedy Channel on Foxtel and Austar. The series features Jimeoin travelling across sections of northern Australia, interspersed with stand-up routines recorded at towns visited along the way.[9]

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Jimeoin hosted Australian TV SBS's primetime comedy programme The Full Brazilian,[10] teaming up with the network's live coverage of 2014's World Cup games. The 25 live-to-air, hour-long shows were a mix of Jimeoin's stand-up, sketches, chat, football talk via satellite link to Rio de Janeiro, musical acts and guest comedians.



  • Goin' Off (1993)
  • Crack (1995, 2CD)
  • Forklift Truck (1997)


  • The Jimeoin: All Over the Shop (2003)
  • Third Drawer Down (2004)
  • Jimeoin - On Ice (2010)
  • Jimeoin - Live (2010)
  • Jimeoin - Over the Top (2011)
  • Jimeoin - Something Smells Funny (2012)
  • Jimeoin - What?! (2013)



Television and radio

Year Show Role Notes Episodes
1993 Full Frontal Various characters Writer/actor
1992 Bligh Convict Griffin 13

As himself

Year Show Episodes
1991 The Big Gig
1994–1995 Jimeoin
1999 GNW Night Lite 1
2000 Rove Live 11
2001 Jimeoin's Teatowel Tours: Northern Ireland
2003 Just for Laughs
2006 Thank God You're Here
2008–present Good News Week 5
2008 Out of the Question
2010 Spicks and Specks 2
Jimeoin: Over the Top
Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala
The 7pm Project
2010, 2011,
Edinburgh Comedy Festival – Live!
2011 Statesmen of Comedy
Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford
Between the Lines
Live at the Apollo
The Royal Variety Performance
2012 Channel 4's Comedy Gala in Aid of Great Ormond Street
Dave's One Night Stand
2013 8 Out of 10 Cats
Adam Hills Tonight
Monumental, series I and II 6 + 7
Live at the Apollo
2014 The Full Brazilian
Sunday Night at the Palladium
2016 Brexit at Tiffanys, Foxtel RX at Edinburgh fringe
Melbourne Comedy Festival OXFAM Gala
John Lloyd’s Museum of Curiosity for BBC Radio 4


  1. "Jimeoin Biography" (PDF). jimeoin.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  2. "Comedy: Australian comic Jimeoin reveals he's from...Leamington Spa - Birmingham Mail". birminghammail.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  3. "Jimeoin is a class act". Londonderry Sentinel. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  4. "Episode 3, Series 10, The Museum of Curiosity - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  5. "The extra - Kevin Carlin, Jimeoin McKeown, Rhys Muldoon, Katherine Slattery - CIA". thecia.com.au. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  6. Vagg, Stephen (18 August 2019). "Australian Movie Stars". Filmink.
  7. Symes, Isis (11 March 2009). "Stacks of jokes". townsvillebulletin.com.au. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  8. "Jimeoin: Over The Top Premieres on The Comedy Channel". throng.com.au. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  9. "Jimeoin returns to TV after four years of stand-up and goes The Full Brazilian for SBS". The Daily Telegraph. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
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