|Years active||1980s – present|
|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 of surreal rustic tales told in his slow County Tyrone drawl. One critic said that McAleer "put the dead back into deadpan". His new one man show for 2017 is entitled 'Saying Yes to Yes'
Personal life and writing
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. He believes his comic talents blossomed in the classroom and he lived in Barcelona, Spain for a period.
In July 2009, McAleer stated that he has completed a first draft of a book about John F. Kennedy. The book remains unfinished. 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 .
McAleer writes occasional comic pieces for the Irish Times, responding to current events such as Brexit. His wife, Valerie Whitworth is a self-employed artist and a vocal instructor for community choirs in Omagh and Enniskillen.
- "Nighthawk at the Lounge". Galway Independent. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
- "THE QUIET MAN". The Irish Times. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2009.
- "Relatively Speaking: Comedian Kevin McAleer - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
- "It's the battle of the books: Irish celebs writing on JFK". Irish Independent. 4 July 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
- "Kevin McAleer on his obsession with JFK's murder 52 years ago today". The Irish Times. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
- "Valerie Whitworth". Valerie Whitworth. Retrieved 2015-12-27.