Kevin McAleer

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Kevin McAleer
Nationality Irish
Years active 1980s – present
Influences Flann O'Brien
James Joyce
Don DeLillo
Umberto Eco
Nikolai Gogol
Spouse Valerie Whitworth
Notable works and roles Nighthawks

Kevin McAleer (born 1956) is an Irish professional stand-up comedian. He came to prominence on the RTÉ television show Nighthawks which began broadcasting in the late 1980s. McAleer became known for his three minute sketches[1] of surreal rustic tales told in his slow County Tyrone drawl. One critic said that McAleer "put the dead back into deadpan".[2] McAleer's most recent show is entitled "Chalk and Cheese".[3]

Personal life and writing[edit]

Kevin McAleer lives in the countryside of County Tyrone, five miles from Omagh, alongside his wife Valerie Whitworth and their three children, daughter Florence Whitworth and twins Louis and Josiah Whitworth.[2] He believes his comic talents blossomed in the classroom and he lived in Barcelona, Spain for a period.[citation needed]

In July 2009, McAleer stated that he has completed a first draft of a book about John F. Kennedy.[4] He writes in his office which is located in Omagh and cites Flann O'Brien, James Joyce, Don DeLillo, Umberto Eco and Nikolai Gogol as influences .[citation needed]

McAleer wrote a column for the Sunday Independent during 2009.[5]

McAleer's wife, Valerie Whitworth is a self-employed artist and a vocal instructor for community choirs in Omagh and Enniskillen.[6]