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Rory O’Keeffe: Edinburgh Fringe 2015 interview

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Formerly a member of sketch group Rory and Tim, Rory O’Keeffe is going it alone this Edinburgh Festival.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m well, thanks. I just beat my Dad at tennis and am about to order a takeaway pizza. How are you?

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

Very closely – the show is still about work, and I am still a man who prefers not to work. I don’t mention all the jobs I listed; I did cater for the queen once and I have been a charity mugger, but sadly there is no room for those tales in the show at the moment. They were replaced by a bit about the economist John Maynard Keynes and a bit about sex-crazed monkeys (I like cater to as wide an audience as possible).

What are your tips for getting people to see your show?

Flyer people and tell them you’re actually a much more successful comedian doing a secret free show. Normally I pretend to be James Acaster or Nish Kumar.

Is there anyone in particular you’d like to see in your audience?

Management consultants. That way, when I do jokes about them, they can explain to the rest of the audience what a management consultant actually does. (Although often they also have no clue)

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

I am sharing a flat with 2/3rds of highly-rated sketch group ‘Daphne’. This means I am automatically in the “Top 10 Shows To See” list of every major publication, which is a handy bonus, and a small price to pay for sharing a bed for a month.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

My flat and venue are close enough to each other that I can home-cook food and take naps. Of course, neither of those things will happen, but I am looking forward to them nonetheless.

What’s your topping at The Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street?

After last year’s show “Rory O’Keeffe is a Fussy Eater”. they know that I like it plain and simple. I have a reputation to uphold.

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.

The tennis match ended 6-2, 6-4 but my Dad hurt his hamstring halfway through so I just drop-shotted my way to victory. Think I’m going to get parma ham on the pizza as I’m very middle class and I can’t hide it anymore.

Rory O’Keeffe: Job’s Worth
9-29 August, 3.15pm


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