Jack Samuel Warner
Jason 'Entertainment' Cooke
Jason John Whitehead
Jefferson & Whitfield
Jonny And The Baptists
At the Melbourne Comedy Festival
Opening Night 2012
More Jimmy McGhie videos
|At the Melbourne Comedy Festival|
|On Russell Howard's Good News|
|From Chortle Fast Fringe 2010|
Jimmy McGhie studied drama at Kent university, and began stand-up regularly in 2005, reaching the finals of the BBC New Talent competition and the Amused Moose Star Search. He performed in split-bill stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 and 2008, and made his solo debut in 2009 with Jimmy McGhie’s Northern Meeting.
Nominated for best compere in the 2012 Chortle Awards.
Jimmy McGhie: Artificial Intelligence
This is an excellent hour with a mix of thoughtful themes, social observation, chirpy smut and personal warmth.
Kicking off with the now-obligatory reference to the London riots, even Jimmy McGhie’s passing remark about what happens when all the artists leave London had a bit more about it than just box ticking. His ear for accent and imitation is impressive and lead to an examination of masculinity, sex talk and middle class timidity in the sack. An inability to talk dirty is now an old chestnut for comedians, and all the more surprising because they don’t seem to have any problem with explicit descriptions of acts and orifices in front of a crowd, but genuine intimacy obviously makes them seize up.
Describing his need to adopt a Rude Bwoy voice, or a Welsh accent as disinhibitors with various girlfriends allowed him to show different, sleazy facets of his genuinely nice boy persona. It was all about the transaction, rather than simply the action, dropping the appearance of being middle-class and well-brought-up allowed a more sexually aggressive Alpha Male to get his end away. From the audience, which was more weighted to towards women, there was some genuine flinching and discomfort that he was dropping the C-bomb early on in the piece, but they readily forgave him.
From sex talk and baby talk in the bedroom, he moved to the art of non verbal communication, important in keeping your end up in a conversation where you would be out of depth if called upon to verbalise an opinion. This in itself is amusing, if a wee bit overworked, but it raised interesting questions of how we all present ourselves, the fear of being thought ignorant and the strategies and opportunities we use to disguise that. He balanced absorbing and challenging notions about intelligence and the need to be seen to have the ‘right’ knowledge and terms of reference, with genuinely hilarious and sometimes touching examples of his own vulnerability.
He’s got a deceptively light touch and his relaxed, well-mannered presentation allows him to topple the audience into constant laughter and smiles, without hectoring or being wearyingly high energy. Grown-up, insightful comedy that isn’t dependent on shock value and still had me thinking about issues he’d raised hours after the show. Excellent.
|Date of live review: Monday 22nd Aug, '11|
Review by Julia Chamberlain
Sunday 29th Aug, '10-
Jimmy McGhie's Northern Meeting
Sunday 9th Aug, '09-
Saw jimmy at the comedy store, Mumbai, India. He has an excellent subtle humour, fantastic accents, absolute hold over the audience...
Just spent the evening at the Manchester Comedy club where Jimmy was the highlight, impressing me yet again after this year's fringe - shame we couldn't see a longer set!
Saw him at Keele uni tonight, great show! definitely one of my faves!
I saw him on the first night of this year's fringe and what can i say i have not laughed like that in a REALLY long time, he was wonderfully funny, refreshingly intelligent and has a brilliant repertoire of accents
Saw him in Liverpool and thought he was hilarious. He's also not hard to look at, which you don't get as an added bonus with most comedians!
Stuart Goldsmith and Jimmy McGhie
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Comedy Bucket 
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Jimmy McGhie’s Northern Meeting
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Jimmy McGhie: The All-Powerful Warrior Who With His Endurance And Inflexible Will To Win Goes From Conquest To Conquest Leaving Fire In His Wake
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Jimmy McGhie: Artificial Intelligence
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Jimmy McGhie: Delusions of Candour