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