Scottish cult hero Limmy makes his Galway comedy debut next week, when he’ll be sharing dark and daft stories. He tells Sandra Coffey how he began in comedy, and that he’s looking forward to hearing the Galway accent
Glaswegian internet and comedy television star Limmy makes his Galway debut in the Black Box Theatre next week, with a show titled ‘That’s Your Lot’.
Brian ‘Limmy’ Limond is truly an online institution and it was his internet comedy that kickstarted his now hugely successful shows and books. In the early days of the internet, 1995, he decided to focus his attention on the web instead of taking up a job stacking shelves. “If people remember there was a lot of bulletin boards back then. I became a web developer making websites and stuck videos on it. And it grew from there,” he says.
Limmy’s followers include anyone who likes absurdist clips, bizarre “thinking out loud” tweets, candid webcams and contorted selfies. With a quarter of a million Twitter followers, Limmy entertains his audience with his provocative humour.
Originally, he garnered infamy for his daily podcast Limmy’s World of Glasgow. From there, he found wider success with his BBC comedy series Limmy’s Show, which has earned him a Scottish BAFTA.
Ideas for his clips and shows come from a variety of places, he says. “I see something that makes me think of something else. I might see something on the TV or something in the background of the screen. Or it could be something someone said. I’m lucky in that my line of work is somewhere where I can put all these thoughts and ideas and people like them.”
He sees distinct differences between the internet now and the internet back when he began. “Back then, it was a bit like the wild west at the beginning. It was a place where anything goes. Now it is the opposite and nothing goes.” He says that the best way to deal with this is “go through it and keep going.”
Limmy has been widely applauded for his fearlessly candid comedy that tackles a broad range of issues from mental health to politics. “I’m not afraid of any reaction to the mental health stuff I do. When I was younger I was shy and got embarrassed about things easily. But something changed and now I don’t care as much. I enjoy saying things about myself,” he says.
Over the years Limmy has performed infrequent live comedy shows and made cameo character appearances such as an unintelligible Glaswegian window-cleaner in The IT Crowd, or his regular guest spot on Charlie Brooker’s news satire show News Wipe. Two years ago, he also wrote his first book, titled Daft Wee Stories.
His Galway show will be a mix of storytelling and chit chat as he talks about his second book ‘That’s Your Lot’. Audiences can expect dafter and darker stories!
The show will also include a Q&A afterwards, something Limmy is particularly looking forward to. “I’m looking forward to the Irish flavoured questions and answers at the end. People are welcome to ask me what I think of Galway. This part of the show is always very specific to the place I’m in. I don’t fear it at all. It is a good way to get talking to those that come to the show.”
This will be Limmy’s first visit to Ireland. “The one thing I am really looking forward to is hearing all the different accents. I’ve got a pretty strong accent myself so I’m looking forward to being surrounded by accents and being entertained by how different they all are.”
Limmy adds that he hasn’t Googled Galway or looked up anything about the City or County. “I just want to arrive there and see where it takes me. I’m looking forward to that.”
Comedian Limmy performs in the Black Box Theatre, Dyke Road, Galway on Friday 2 June at 8pm. Tickets are on sale from www.tht.ie or by calling the box office on 091-569777. Tickets are €22. The show is suitable for ages 16+.