Olaf Falafel Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Where else in the world can you find something to entertain you at any of the 24 hours in the day? I believe this year they are trialling 25 hour days throughout August to fit more in.

What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?

I made a Vine video where I threw a slice of cheese on a copy of the Daily Mail, it got viewed several million times and gave me the idea for a show.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

I think the best thing I saw last year was Pete Dobbing in his underpants balancing on a 12 foot stepladder whilst juggling knives on the Royal Mile.

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

He probably gets less unsung every year but I’ll go with Bob Slayer who curates a wonderful bundle of mayhem and drives a bus. Although, as my show this year is with Laughing Horse, I’d have to say Alex Petty, who has been keeping free venues viable to comedians for several years now.

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

Go and see the Pleasance Reserve at The Dome – it’s a great showcase of new talent and features amongst others, the very funny chap I shared a show with last year, Michael Stranney, Yuriko Kotani and George Lewis.

Also I’d see either Spencer Jones’s excellent show from last year, Proper Job, or his new one, Eggy Bagel.
Thirdly, check out Comedians Cinema Club, where a bunch of stand up comedians will be attempting to improvise their way through a different Oscar winning movie each day.

The one person you’d love to see your show and why?

I’d love Phil Collins to come and see my show because he gets a couple of mentions in it and also he looks like a grown up baby.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

Because it’s (probably) the only stand up comedy show that is based around Vine videos and features cheese, beards, Phil Collins and rude pumpkins.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do?

Eat a macaroni cheese pie from the place on the bridge.

Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?

Just me, Phil Collins and a big beef stroganoff.

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth, City Cafe, 4.15pm

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