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Rory O’Keeffe: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Rory Okeeffe

A promising young stand-up with a show about losing his faith and his bag.

Hello. How are you today?

I am well; I’m literally on a train to Edinburgh, responding extremely late to this Q&A.

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

Very closely, actually. It’s still called ‘Rorytelling’ and I still tell basically two ‘Rories’. What it doesn’t tell you is just how often I employ the cheap pun between ‘Rory’ and ‘story’ in the show (current count: 7 times).

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

You mean me moving back in with my parents from September 2016 to December 2016? Those events have definitely had an effect! We are living through a very interesting period of history right now.

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

Matt Stevens from Thunderbards. I was once a body double for him in Edinburgh 2014, where I had to wear a Nicholas Lyndhurst mask for 30 seconds on stage. The rest of the time, I was hiding backstage. It’s the only time I have successfully read a whole novel during the Fringe. I imagine we will continue to dress up as Nicholas Lyndhurst to get through the month.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

I am excited to (re)watch David Trent and Joseph Morpurgo. And this great author called Christopher Bliss (who sometimes plays a character called Rob Carter).

There’s probably also some good shows that aren’t by white men. But I’ll be damned if they’ve yet penetrated my disgusting bubble of privilege.

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

That sweet comfort food. Oink do really good hog roasts. Last year I ate one while crying in a café about the state of my life and career. And it almost cheered me up.

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

Death is the great leveller. We should not mourn one person more than another.

It is our mortality that binds us and makes precious the little time that we have on this earth. (That said, it was probably Bob Dylan). (Technically still alive but a part of him died when he won the Nobel).

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

No one will publish my novel so I’m going to use this space to give publishers a little preview:

The Threat by Rory O’Keeffe

Cory O’Reeffe laughed ruefully as he stroked the sharp knife. “Publish this Q&A or I will take my vengeance,” he said to the journalist…

Rory O’Keeffe: Rorytelling
2-26 Aug, 3.15pm

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