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Alex Kealy: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Alex Kealy, So You Think You’re Funny finalist, discusses his debut Edinburgh Fringe hour and the importance of chicken kievs.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m well! I’m banging out some answers to this while my supper (chicken kiev) sizzles away in the oven. I had a day off so went to see the Wallace Collection, the highlight being a young John the Baptist in the Wilderness looking like he’s flipping the V at a passing camel (see below).

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What a bloody lad / harbinger of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Are you ready for another month of Edinburgh Fringe action?

Yes? I’m 80% excited, 17% nervous, 3% werewolf (once a month, boi).

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

I chose a wilfully obtuse title alluding to a debut hour (Alex Kealy Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come) so I’m grand there. I think I said I’m “A So You Think You’re Funny Finalist / land mammal”, which is still valid.

Just livid that I crossed out the sentence I had toyed with including about Britain making a momentous decision to leave the European Union. #TrustYourFirstAnswerPeople

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

Nice lil’ flyer, nice lil’ convo, nice lil’ guest spot at a mix bill show.

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

Four other comics. Three of them I shared with last year (Ahir Shah, Ari Shaffir, Alex Smith). I violated the “Have a forename starting ‘A’, surname starting ‘S’” rule, but new housemate for 2016 Joe Derosa has now even ruined our ‘A’ initial streak. Not met him yet but imagine this means he’s the house lackey? I plan to take a couple of boardgames (Pandemic and Settlers of Catan, if you must know [you must]), which won’t be played due to our shows all being at different times. It’ll have felt good to have made the effort, though.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Ed Aczel was great last year, I can’t wait to see this year’s effort. John Gordillo’s poster is also great and winks towards sex and politics, the best two topics.

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

I want to play a lot of tennis, have a daily exercise regime – if I can manage it out of show commitments. I might also reteach myself Further Maths A Level because I’m a rad dude with attitude.

In reality I’m going to play 5 hours of Pokemon Go each and every day.

Salt and sauce on your chips?

Mayo. We cool?

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

The chicken kiev was nice (I ran off to eat in the middle of the flatmate question, so any literary critics can analyse my writing pre/post for any changes in my mentality). Interestingly, the name for the recipe chicken kiev comes from Napoleon’s 1812 Russian campaign. The French army was going through the Ukraine and Napoleon wanted to introduce some samples of French cuisine to the populace and so instructed his chefs accordingly. Their names? Jean-Pierre Chicken and Sebastien Kiev, and so the legend (/supper for 11 year-olds and childish comedians) was born.


Alex Kealy is an Idea Whose Time Has Come
Underbelly Med Quad
3-16, 18-29 August, 9.50pm
£9.50 – £10.50

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