Fringe Q&A: Alex Kealy: Rationale

In his new Fringe show Rationale, Alex Kealy explores the emotional roots of our rational thoughts.

AAA caught up with Alex for a chat.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No, this is solo show number four and the 11th consecutive year I’ve got to the fringe in some capacity (moving from punter to occasional gigger to split shows to solo hours).

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

An hour of stand-up comedy called Rationale. It’s about how rationality is overstated; we largely make decisions by emotion, gut or following authority figures, and then formulate a rationale after the fact.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

Probably around 25 previews over the past six months, and gigging five nights a week around that.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

My show is a great fusion of smart and silly – ideal if you are a politics nerd or if you have no interest at all in politics.

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

Loads. Richard Hanrahan did the most inventive show of 2018 where he built a whole new show each day based on the suggestions of previous audiences. This time he’s playing a 70s comedy character called Jimmy Whobblers and it’ll be ace.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Monkey Barrell has a great line-up – Olga Koch, Stuart Laws, John Kearns.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Portobello Beach, baby!

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Playful political comedy with a high gag rate.

Alex Kealy: Rationale, Just the Tonic at The Caves – Just Up the Road, 18:40, Aug 10-11, 13-25, www.edfringe.com

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