Olaf Falafel says ‘there’s no i in idiot’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Name: Olaf Falafel
Name of Edinburgh show: Olaf Falafel presents There’s no i in idiot
Venue: The Pear Tree
Performance time: 2:45pm 2nd to 26th August except 12:15pm 21st– 25th (Plus no show on the 14th)
Show length: 1hour
Ticket price: FREEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I’m a classically trained idiot – I’ve been making people laugh for about seven years now and last year I entered the magical world of children’s book publishing with my own range of farting animal books.

Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
The show has a theme and that theme is dolphins, and racism, and hot chocolate, and… who am I trying to kid – it’s an hour of good stupid fun with plenty of jokes and a very tenuous thread running through it.

How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
This show is my follow up to 2016’s Olaf Falafel and The Cheese Of Truth and last year’s Olaf Falafel presents The Marmosets Of My Mind. I’ve been working hard on cramming it full of jokes and putting in lots of silly audience participation bits.

Do you have any top tips for swurviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Get yourself to the beach! I’ve done it on my day off for the last two years and it’s lovely. On August the 9th, I’m launching my third book by the coast as part of the Fringe By The Sea in North Berwick so I’m going to get to the seaside a few of times this year.

What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I think my funniest moments have been up here in Edinburgh, a highlight of last year’s show was getting together a merry band to play Baker Street on various cleaning product-based instruments.

Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
All the silly ones. I love Mark Silcox (He’s in my mug of tea) plus he has a cameo in my show once again plus he is an outstanding comedian plus he is an amazingly warm, friendly and generous man

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Right before I go on stage I have a drink of water, a wee and I check my flies are done up.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Mark Silcox

Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Because I guarantee some great jokes plus you won’t learn anything of any worth so it shouldn’t hurt your head.


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