Fringe interview: Olaf Falafel

Critically acclaimed idiot Olaf Falafel is back at the world’s biggest arts festival with another hour of inventive jokes, audience participation and the very loosest of themes. You’ll laugh, you’ll be confused, you’ll enjoy most of it.

AAA caught up with Olaf for a chat in between Fringe shows.

How has your Fringe been so far?

Loving it so far – a few tech issues on the first couple of days but now we’re running smoother than a lubed up porpoise.

Tell us about the show you’re in…

It’s got loads of jokes in it – some good, some bad and some that slowly grow on you over time. It’s got a very flimsy dolphin storyline and lots of stupidity.

What’s the audience reaction been like?

So far I’ve had nothing but love and some lovely full rooms.

When did you realise you were funny?

Wearing my granddad’s hat and coat and doing an old man impression when I was around six years old to make my mum laugh.

Were you the class clown?

I wouldn’t say the class clown but kids in my class would get me to draw funny comic strips in the backs of their school books.

Can comedians get away with saying things no one else can?

Yes. It’s our special comedy licence – you have to make sure you get it renewed every year though.

Was there a comedian who inspired you?

Sponge Bob Square Pants.

Are there any other shows on this year’s you’d recommend?

Loved Matt Ewins’ show again this year. All kinds of stupid.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Paul Currie is one of my festival faves so definitely seeing his new show.

What do you like to do in Edinburgh on your day off?

The beach and a whiskey flavoured ice cream.

Can you recommend a bar or restaurant in Edinburgh?

I do like the breakfast at the City Cafe.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen this year?

David Correos and his ham/condom schlong.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

You’ll laugh, you’ll be confused, you’ll enjoy most of it.

Olaf Falafel – There’s no i in idiot, Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree – Main room, until 26 Aug, www.edfringe.com

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