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Q&A: Comedian Colin Geddis talks Northern Ireland's general banter

Pictured: Colin Geddis
Pictured: Colin Geddis

Colin Geddis will be taking to the stage at Belfast's Mandela Hall for the last time this week before the venue closes for redevelopment.

The local funnyman will perform on Wednesday, July 25 as part of his General Banter Live show, along with fellow comedy star Micky Bartlett.

Ahead of the gig, Colin spoke to the Belfast Telegraph:

1. How does it feel to play Mandela Hall for one final time?

It's very exciting to know that we will be performing at one of the last shows ever in Mandela Hall.

It's a venue that I have frequented over the years for various gigs both music and comedy.

I have fond memories of hanging out backstage at Queen’s comedy club many years ago as on open mic-er hoping somebody would let me perform for five minutes, so it feels good to give it a proper send off with our own headline show.

2. What subjects will you be poking fun at during your show?

Anything is fair game when we do a live podcast. It can go from very important global issues to Micky Bartlett’s bowel movements in a matter of seconds. 

3. What has been your career highlight so far?

I have a strong feeling that this Mandela Hall gig might be up there. Ask me again next week!

4. What the worst heckle you've ever had and did you make them cry after?

I had a lady interrupt in the middle of a gig to address the whole audience with the question “Has anyone got a number for a taxi?” - making it very clear that she’d heard enough from me. I was basically paralysed with confusion as the crowd rolled about laughing… then I cried.

5. Within the Northern Ireland comedy scene, who are you most excited about at the minute?

Aaron McCann! He is currently in LA and regularly watches and performs in the same venues as the very best comedians in the world, so it will be interesting to see how that pans out for him.

6. Who are your comedy heroes?

Bill Hicks, Patton Oswalt, Patrice O’Neal, Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais, Larry David, Bernie Mac, Louis CK, Dylan Moran, Dave Attell, Bill Burr.

7. Do you think Northern Ireland has its own special brand of humour?

I think it does, “sleggin’” I believe it’s called. A beautiful form of offensive yet friendly banter that is churned out at a rate that outsiders can barely process.

8. Who is the funniest person you know?

I’d probably have to say Micky Bartlett, which is convenient as he will be performing with me at Mandela Hall. He’s one of the few comedians who are exactly the same off stage as they are onstage.

9. What would you like to be doing five years from now?

I’m doing it.

10. Who would you love to be stuck in a lift with for 24 hours?

An elevator engineer with a mobile phone. Failing that, probably just my lovely wife Máirín.

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