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Rory O’Keeffe: Edinburgh Fringe 2016 interview

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Languages are the main feature of Rory O’Keeffe’s Edinburgh Fringe 2016 show as he tries to learn a new tongue, explores why we never say what we mean, and asks whether men and women really do speak different language.

Hello. How are you today?

I am well. I am lazing around, reading a book called ‘The Italians’ and counting it as research for my show.

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

Surprisingly well. The show is called ‘Monoglot’, because I can only speak one language, but I am in the process of learning Italian. My fear was that by August I would have worked so hard that I would already be fluent in Italian. That has not happened.

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

If you build it, they will come. ‘Build’ here is shorthand for ‘strategically market’.

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

A lovely sketch group Laughing Stock, a lovely actor Ruby Thomas, and an utter bastard Richard Gadd (actually never met him).

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Laughing Stock’s show.
Ruby Thomas’s ‘Chick’.
And I’ll ask Richard Gadd if he knows of any other good shows. (seriously, he seems nice – I don’t know why I’m doing this)

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

This is my first paid show so I’m excited about what that means for me financially. I’ve heard most comedians make thousands of pounds. I think they said ‘make’. Could have been ‘haemorrhage’.

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

As a semi-recovered fussy eater, I will be having it plain. Completely plain. A plain jacket potato is what I had for lunch at school for 7 years. I was very popular.

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

Sometimes I’m reading ‘The Italians’ on the tube and there are some Italians sitting opposite and they see me and the book and think I’m a really weird trainspotter. But instead of trains, it’s people wearing gilets and ripped jeans and sunglasses all the time.

Rory O’Keeffe: Monoglot
Pleasance Courtyard
4-28 August, 4.45pm
£9 – £10

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