Olaf Falafel presents The Marmosets Of My Mind at The City Café so we caught up with him for a quick Q and A.
Please tell us about your brand of comedy.
My comedy is best described with words. Some of those words are silly, surreal and stupid.
What can audiences expect from your new show?
There will be educational sections for example explaining about belly button fluff but mostly the show will revolve around my love of cleaning product-based musical instruments
Which comedians have been your biggest influence since you decided this was your path?
Loads – I love Milton Jones, Reeves and Mortimer, Tommy Cooper, Harry Hill, Terry Alderton people who are silly but also have jokes.
What random things make you laugh in everyday life?
Please tell us about your best and worst moment on stage so far.
The best was performing my debut show last year Olaf Falafel And The Cheese Of Truth. I had a fantastic run with loads of great audience members taking part including a lactose intolerant guy who agreed to eat a Babybel (I told him he didn’t have to but he insisted). The worst was a few Edinburghs back as a part of a three-hander show where we only had four audience members and two of them walked out halfway through because they were ‘only keeping dry whilst their passports were being processed over the road’.
Do you still get nervous when you do a gig?
Not as much as when I first started but there is always that tingle of anticipation before I go on.
Why is Edinburgh Fringe Festival such a great platform for comedians?
It’s just so well known for being a place that everyone can find something they like if they look hard enough. Everyone can is catered for and all types of comedy are accepted.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at the Fringe?
Mark Silcox – He’s got a cameo in my show again this year and his own show’s are always wonderfully unique. He’s a true one-off, nobody else has a similar performance style.
What is your advice to aspiring comedians?
Don’t give up, it’s not about how good you start off – we’re all records and some of us need to be played at different speeds.
What is the oddest heckle you've ever received?
From a young boy a Comedy Club 4 Kids gig – he misheard my name and for the first 5 minutes kept randomly shouting out Oily Fluffball
What is next for you?
If I knew that I’d plan things better.
Olaf Falafel presents The Marmosets Of My Mind at The City Café, 19 Blair Street,Edinburgh EH1 1QR, 3 - 27 August (not 15) at 4.15pm