Top stand-up Colin Geddis reveals he avoids television gigs ‘because of run-ins in the past’
He’s one of Northern Ireland's most popular comedians, but Colin Geddis says it doesn't matter to him whether he makes it on TV.
And with a sold out show at the SSE Arena on Tuesday night - and limited tickets still available for his other date on Monday - it's easy to understand why.
The comedy star has built up his own following, mainly thanks to being one of the early outliers in the podcast market with his General Banter show, as well as using social media to his advantage.
He told the Belfast Telegraph: "That sort of traditional media, it takes forever, there's too many filters and I just can't be bothered.
"By the time I got any sort of idea worked through the BBC for example, I could have made it myself.
"I think that's the thing, over the years, I've basically my own production company that produces stuff for myself essentially, so if I had an idea and really wanted to execute it, I could do it myself quicker than anything.
"I've been offered certain TV jobs recently and you're nearly like doing them a favour going on some show, so I kind of just swerve it to be honest, because I've had my run-ins in the past, so I take it or leave it."
Colin is a big fan of other local comics, but thinks that even the likes of the stars of The Blame Game, like Tim McGarry and Neil Delamere, are toned down for telly.
He explained: "They still manage to clip the wings of people. Tim's hilarious, do you know what I mean? Great stand-up. Colin Murphy's hilarious, Delamere's great.
"But they get on the telly and it's just watered down so much, you're like, 'This is doing nothing for these people.'
"It just seems pointless to me because they always call things experimental, so that they don't fully commit to it being funny, basically.
"If they put out a series and it's not really well-received, they kind of go, 'Ach sure it was experimental, we were just trying it out here.'
"And you're like, 'No, go for it, you know, with some good writers and some actual money and you might get something good,' but they'll never do it."
Colin, who joked that his New Year Resolution is to "take more time off", will finally get to play the SSE Arena on Monday night and Tuesday night with his show Unbelievable - which was postponed because of Covid.
And he said he has had plenty of time to make sure his material has been polished and ready to treat his Belfast audience.
He said: "Because I run Lavery's Comedy Club, that's like a handy place to try new stuff. It sort of just snowballs over the months and then we're into the refinement period now.
"January 2020 I did my other show for two nights at the SSE, they were sold out and everything went to plan and it seemed to go pretty well and then it became the done thing for any comedian around Northern Ireland to book it, so you've seen a bunch book it and play it since then.
"By the time you get to something the size of the SSE you've knocked out the tour show enough times where it's a big event, it is exciting - it does feel like a bit of extra pressure to make it all flow nicely, it is a bit different talking to that size of a crowd with regards to timing, you do have to slow yourself down a little bit.
"At that level you're sort of showcasing your material. This time I've decided to utilise a bit more stage design and lamps and stuff but I've always been into the multi-media aspect of a show, we'll have a funny intro video and nice graphics and stuff like that. I also have a DJ to the side of the stage and will try to work that in.
"I do enjoy designing stuff like that too, you want people to think they've been at a show and not just a comedy club, you know?"
*Colin Geddis 'Unbelievable' is at the SSE Arena on Monday night with limited tickets available on Ticketmaster (Tuesday night's date is sold out).