The Source transforms into comedy central ahead of Kevin McAleer's Thurles gig

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Kevin McAleer

Kevin McAleer “Guru” In The Source May 18th

The Source will become Comedy Central over the coming weeks as two of the funniest acts touring Ireland pitch their tents in Thurles. First up the not so nippy former corner forward Kevin McAleer returns to Thurles this time bringing his show titled “Guru”.

This will be a journey of the mind and coming to the understanding that all those that are so willing to offer solutions may not be all they’re cracked up to be. All this is delivered with Kevin’s most unique dead pan style that inspired a generation of Irish comedians and made him one of Ireland’s best.

Kevin is as Irish as spuds, wind and rain on a sunny day. We spoke with him about his show and tackled some big issues. Currently residing in the home he grew up in having lived in various parts of the world, we asked him what we could expect when he comes to Thurles: “The show is called 'Guru.' My comedy character is a highly advanced new-age spiritual master, who travels around the world giving talks and running courses on mindfulness and personal awareness.”

However it soon becomes obvious that his character is not quite as spiritual as it sounds, and his deep philosophy soon descends into gobbledygook, his mindfulness turns into mindless fun. That said his fun is not at the expense of people who practise alternative therapies- indeed he would have no friends left if that was the case. It's more poking fun at false gurus with big egos and big bank accounts, I suppose.

The soul to Kevin’s character comes from a love of playing around with language, and all the fake philosophy stuff gives him a chance to do that. The inspiration comes from the hundreds and hundreds of YouTube videos of so-called gurus, all with their own version of the meaning of life.

Kevin’s favourite online guru is Jiddu Krishnamurti: “I have no idea what he is talking about, but I believe he understood it himself and had genuine spiritual experiences. He could hold people's attention for an hour just by talking, even though nobody had a clue what he was trying to get across- quite an achievement. I suppose he is a kind of inspiration for my show. I've also read quite a few self-help books, and I have a general interest in personal psychology, so all that feeds into the show.”

Kevin McAleer has been one of Ireland’s top comedians for almost thirty years living as he does in Omagh we asked him if he ever used politics in his show, “I throw in an odd line here and there, but the main point of the act is to make people laugh as long and loud as I can, by whatever means necessary. Very few comedians manage to combine politics and genuine hilarity, with some spectacular exceptions such as Stewart Lee or George Carlin.”

Kevin is a man with many experiences Feile-Trip 2 Tipp wasn’t one, “No, I'm slightly allergic to camping as well, and late night noise, and people going to the toilet too near to my head.” Once the small talk was out of the way we got on to the big issues and yes should we need someone to take a solo trip to Mars Kevin is the man provided he gets the local papers, “I'm an expert in Martian arts myself, I have a black belt in fashion design. I've never been to Mars, but I did spend three months on the moon learning the language in the Gealachtacht. My local papers of choice would be the Tipperary Vindicator and the Impartial Reporter.

There was just one last thing that needed addressing the whole island thing and would we not be better off if we were stuck to mainland Europe? “We tried that millions of years ago, but it didn't work out and we gradually drifted apart. If we did go to the bother of moving the entire country, I think it would be better to go further south, say off the coast of Italy, where it would be warmer. Of course the Mediterranean Sea might have other ideas, it mightn't let us in.”

So there you have it not that he’s political or on facebook Kevin McAleer wants a warm “Guru” free future for us all. Failing all that he will be in The Source on May 18th to bring you a show you will be glad you didn’t miss.