Internet Viral sensations, Farmer Michael and Kathleen, are set to take their ‘The ‘Tae Pot’ Tour’ to the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Saturday, 13th October.
The pair came into the limelight over two years ago now and boast a following of in excess of 300,000 worldwide. But who is farmer Michael and his strong-willed associate? That’sFarming caught up with the man behind the character, Stevo Timothy, to find out how it all came about.
Farmer Michael or Stevo Timothy to give him his birth name is a comedian hailing from Co. Galway.
His comedic adventure began as far back as secondary school, when Stevo began imitating popular songs in a farmer accent, much to the dismay of the teaching staff. This marked the beginning of what is now a hugely successful career for the Galway man.
“I suppose when I was in school I used to do kind of stupid little take-offs of whatever song was popular at the time. I used to do Coolio and stuff like that in my own version, a kind of farmers accent.” Stevo told That’sFarming.
“People seemed to like them, but my teachers didn’t like them so I ended up being politely asked to leave school.” he laughed.
Stevo admits he was only ever “messing”, solely having fun when doing his impressions and little skits. Little did he know how popular they would soon become.
“One day I was in the car with my brother and he was like ‘What the hell are you doing’ and I said record me doing this for the craic.” said ‘Farmer Michael’.
“I just wanted to see what it was like and watch it back. So I done that one and a few of them and they were sitting on my phone for a few months, I never really done anything with them.” he continued.
Then Stevo decided to bite the bullet and put some of his videos up on his Facebook page and next thing he knew, he went viral.
“They just went viral from there and kind of blew up.” he said.
“It took me by surprise.” Stevo added.
Farmer Michael is generally joined by his on-stage/on-screen wife Kathleen, Sinead Nora, who also happens to be his long-term girlfriend. Sinead holds a strong passion for the Equine industry and also hails from Galway. She was brought in on the act shortly after Farmer Michael started gaining traction and has not left his side ever since.
“I was always talking about my wife Kathleen (in the videos), so then I thought Sinead could just be Kathleen.” Stevo explained.
“It was the natural move to actually have my girlfriend doing it. She is great at doing it, she knows how to play the straight man and put me in my place...She is hilarious.” he added.
Original Inspiration -
Farmer Michael has developed significantly over the years to what it has become today, but originally Stevo drew his inspiration from his uncle and other farmers in his local area.
“The initial one was a mixture between one of my uncles and my father’s friends.” Stevo noted.
“Then it kind of morphed into what it is. There are probably four or five different farmer Michaels if you go through the videos and there was never any commonality between them.” he explained.
Stevo says Farmer Michael has now transformed into a version more resembling himself, though much louder.
“Now it is more my accent, but a bit louder.” he chuckled.
Farmer Michael and his sidekick, Kathleen, continue to hilariously argue over everything and anything. Having only burst onto the comedy scene approximately two years ago, they have gone onto develop a following of over 300,000 worldwide and have racked up over 100 million collective views clocked up on their video content. ]
Return to Mayo -
The farming pair recently performed in venues such as Vicar street in Dublin and also leading venues throughout the UK, with more planned for the coming months.
“We had two sold-out gigs in St. George’s hall and that was incredible. We got a standing ovation before we even came out..It was absolutely unbelievable.” Stevo told That’sFarming’s Kevin.
One show they are looking forward to, however, is their upcoming return to Co. Mayo, where they will perform their The 'Tae Pot' Tour at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar, October 13th. The show will feature the usual antics from the Galway natives, but they will also be joined by many other hilarious guests.
“It’s probably the biggest place in the West of Ireland.” said Stevo.
“We love performing in Mayo, we pull the piss out of Mayo all the time, but they get it, that there is no malice. They understand that it is just the old Galway-Mayo rivalry.” he added.
The show also boasts a host of other comedians on the night, such as comedic storyteller Paul David Murphy and Show Me The Funny Winner, Johnny Graham and maybe even some musical comedy from Therese Cahill. The “King & Queen of farming satire” will also touch on different topics from around the world, such as Lady Gaga, Trump, Mayo's GAA misfortunes and much more.
“We are dying to get back to Mayo. It is our first big show since we performed Garbos. That was our first Mayo show and we sold it out. It was almost two years ago.” said the comedian.
“They get it and they are funny...They are good for a bit of banter as well.” he added.
They show will feature the usual sketches, but also others catered specifically for a live show setting.
“No two shows are the same, because there is always something in the news or topical that we bring into it. There is always something else happening or something that will catch my eye and I’ll go off on a tangent.” said Stevo.
“I think that's why people kind of like the shows, because of the chaotic nature of them.” he added.
The Castlebar show kicks off at 8pm on the night and for all those interested in attending, tickets can be purchased here, with an average price of €25 for tickets.
The Future -
Farmer Michael and Kathleen also have big plans for the coming years, with a new tour set to be launched in 2019. This will see the pair taking in venues, both big and small, throughout the country and the UK.
“For the next tour we will be hitting 22 venues...Theatres and places all across the country..It culminates then with a massive show in Vicar street in September.” the comedian explained.
“In between that we kind of take a break at the end of April, then May and June will be strictly for the UK leg (of the tour).” he noted.
For anyone looking for a hilarious, farming-themed, night out, then why not take a trip to see Farmer Michael at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar.
“Come out for a good show. We promise a good night and anyone that has seen us in Garbo’s, they loved it and I think we are far more advanced two years on.” said Stevo.
Stevo’s alter-ego, Farmer Michael, also had a few words of his own to try and urge Mayo to show their support.
“I don’t want them there at all, but sure look it let them (Mayo people) come.” said Farmer Michael.
To keep up tp date with the latest Farmer Michael video content, you can visit Farmer Michael’s Official Facebook page here or Kathleen’s, otherwise known as Sinead, here.