Rory O’Keeffe Q&A

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

It’s something to do, I suppose.

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

The show is mostly about language and learning Italian so the main inspirations were a term of evening classes and a weekend in Rome. And watching the entirety of ‘Friends’ dubbed into Italian.

I also read some good language books. The Language Hoax by John H. McWhorter was the best.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

I once accidentally shoplifted some rocket from the Sainsbury’s near the meadows. The most middle class rebellion of all time.

When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?

When I tried to return some rocket to the people at Sainsbury’s.

 Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Alex Kealy is a great promoter.

 Three shows you must see this Fringe? 

Rob Carter is Christopher Bliss

The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought – Daniel Kitson

Pokemon Go: The Musical

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

Mr Vanni, my old Italian teacher – so he could correct my grammar.

The reason why one should come and see your show?

So you can correct my grammar (if you’re Mr Vanni). If you’re one of the many people who is not Mr Vanni, please come anyway, it’ll be fun.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Get some chicken at Zuhu’s. It’s like Nando’s but in a parallel universe.

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

What? Why do I have to be dead for this? I choose all the cryonics experts in the world to see if anything can be done.


Rory O’Keeffe: Monoglot Pleasance Courtyard 16:45 (17:45) 3rd – 29th (Not 15)


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