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Alex Kealy: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

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Hello. How are you today?

I’m well! I currently hasten north to Newcastle for an Edinburgh preview at pace, as if the very hounds of hell were on my heels, if the hounds of hell were an East Coast Class 220 Voyager train subject to occasional signalling delays.

So, like, 7 out of 10?

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

Very closely! Because I was an absolute chicken in March at programme deadline time and committed only to:

Political comedian/ball of anxiety Alex Kealy honks on about love (passionate) and politics (jaded) for show number three. ‘Hilariously funny’ **** ( ‘Ferociously quick-witted’ **** ( ‘Fresh, insightful and original… great hour of cerebral stand-up’ **** (

What’s that? It’s just a statement that my show will be a mix of the political and the personal without committing me to any particular larger arc? Hehehehe. So, yes, I’m still doing political stuff and personal stuff, and those quotes continue to be factually accurate.

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

Ahir Shah and Ari Shaffir (see their shows). I look forward to absolutely being the flat whipping boy and surviving that like I’ve survived every similar low-status situation in my life: repression!

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

I’m very excited to see The Pin. They have the three things that I think a truly great sketch act needs (top sketches, genuine chemistry and formal innovation) and I’m really buzzed that amidst their Radio 4 success they’re back live this year.

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

Leaving the most polluted city in Europe to spend a month at a coastal city with greenery and creativity.

I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?

The obligatory plug: Trashfuture is a left-leaning comedy/politics podcast that I sometimes guest on and am unfailingly by comparison the most right-wing

Less biased: The Flophouse (some The Daily Show writers discussing bad movies) has brilliant riffing, Cariad Lloyd’s Griefcast is simultaneously thoughtful and funny, and Talking Politics (Cambridge politics department academics analysing longer trends, plus guest experts from relevant fields) is a refreshing antidote to a world of political podcasts more often dominated by a more topical journalistic style.

I’m aware this is four reccomendations, not one, don’t @ me.

The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?

You never see me and Elon Musk in the same room at the same time. I’m just saying.

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

At the end of the day, don’t we all just want the same thing? (To collect and align the four amulets before the equinox to open the pyramid during the once-in-eight-thousand-years planetary alignment.)

Alex Kealy: A Kealy’s Heel
Cabaret Voltaire
1-26 Aug, 5.15pm

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