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Alex Kealy: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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A sharp, likable young act who has board games and tennis on the Fringe agenda.


Hello. How are you today?

I’m very well! It’s late June and I’m staying with a friend in Edinburgh who’s got a cracking cockapoo – great ears. Very fluffy and curly. 10/10, would pet again.

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

My programme blurb this year reads:

Watch a ‘marvellous stand-up’ (Skinny) funnify the slow-motion explosion that is 2017 liberal democracy. Politics, amirite?!

plus a couple of press quotes.

Am I still ‘marvellous’? Sure. Does ‘funnify’ continue to be not really a verb? Yup. Is politics still* absolutely loony tunes and does the show mainly focus on that? You betcha.

*there are actually very few synonyms for ‘still’, I noticed when writing this.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

See above.

I’d joke about my act being that of a dejected quinoa / kale / hummus eater but I think all those foods are overrated, and I wish the metonym for metropolitan liberals was something I actually thought was delish. Yes, I’m a die-hard Remainer in favour of Freedom of Movement but will probs be chowing down fish and chips while I bore you about it.

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

Sharing with probably the worst person – myself. I’m a nightmare; always leaving the toilet seat up, eating my own food from the fridge and keeping myself awake with loud music.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

Joseph Morpurgo, Ivo Graham and Phil Wang had years off last year and excited to see them all return with their 4th hours. Could be ‘Kid A’ but by the same token could be ‘Angles’. Probably Kid A, tho.

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

City full of mates. Get some boardgames* and tennis** going.

*Settlers of Catan, plus the Cities & Knights expansion pack

** I think I said this in my Q&A last year and in the end played precisely zero matches of tennis #CrookedKealy

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

Me through most of 2016, pompously: the mythologising of 2016 as a particular year of celebrity death is mawkish and problematic / demeaning to those who died.

Me when Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds died one day apart over Christmas, so soon after the spine-tingling digi-cameo at the end of Rogue One: will I ever stop crying tho?

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

Oh god you’ve ended the Q&A on a formless chasm of nothing for me to fill (I think I saw Chasm of Nothing support Abyss at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire back in 2004). Why? Would you do that? I’m a nice little boy at heart and crave the creative prompt of a structured question with which to engage and here you just fling “a space to write about anything you want”.

Er, I think about this a lot?

Imagine: one punch-up in a bar —–> Brexit. One hench butterfly.


Alex Kealy: The Art of the Keal
Just the Tonic @ The Caves
3-27 Aug, 4.20pm
£5/PWYW

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