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Olaf Falafel: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

Olaf Falafel yellow

Hello. How are you today?

I am chilled – sat in my underpants on a balcony in Mallorca with the start of the fringe under two weeks away. It’s become a tradition for me to spend a calming week with my sister who lives here in Spain before the storm (both literal and figurative) of Edinburgh hits.

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

Well in the blurb written way back in December I promised jokes about ouija boards which I’ve yet to come up with – apart from that I think we’re pretty good.

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

As usual I’ve splashed out on a two roomed place of my own, my family come up to stay for about 10 days in the middle of the festival and either side of them I’ll have various friends and comics using the spare room and the air bed in the living room.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

I really want to see Mark Silcox’s show. Mark has been a key cameo in my last three shows and I never got to see his show last year. Luckily he’s doing it again this year so I’m going to get along. He’s at Ciao Roma again not sure what time.

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

My third kids book is being published right in the middle of the festival so I’ve got a few things on to promote it that I’m looking forward to. I’m going to be launching it at the Fringe By The Sea which is a mini festival in North Berwick on the coast. My book is called Old MacDonald Heard A Parp From The Past and features a time travelling tractor and farting Egyptian queens, Vikings, dinosaurs and other people from history – it is heavily influenced by Back To The Future but with much more bottom gas!

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

I’m really enjoying Comedian’s Comedian’s Comedian’s Podcast Podcast Podcast at the mo. It’s where one comedian who has a podcast interviews another comedian who has a podcast whilst a third comedian with a podcast records it all and uploads it to iTunes. This gets repeated a week later with three new comedians with podcasts.

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

A lot of people want to know my real name; they can’t believe I’m actually called Olaf Falafel – they’d be right, my real name is Derek Chickpeas, I wanted a stage name that sounded less stupid.

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

Everything is a piñata, it just depends on what you consider a treat and how committed you are.

Olaf Falafel: There’s No I In Idiot
The Pear Tree
1-26 Aug, 2.45pm

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