Kevin McAleer

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Kevin McAleer
Nationality Irish
Years active 1980s – present
Spouse Valerie Whitworth
Children 3
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] His new one man show for 2017 is entitled 'Saying Yes to Yes'[3]

Personal life and writing[edit]

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][4] He believes his comic talents blossomed in the classroom and he lived in Barcelona, Spain for a period.[5]

In July 2009, McAleer stated that he has completed a first draft of a book about John F. Kennedy.[6] The book remains unfinished.[7] 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 writes occasional comic pieces for the Irish Times, responding to current events such as Brexit.[8] His wife, Valerie Whitworth is a self-employed artist and a vocal instructor for community choirs in Omagh and Enniskillen.[9]