Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Olaf Falafel

Comedian and illustrator Olaf Falafel has had a good year. He landed a book deal in record time following a Tweet and having been working hard on his next publication (see below) he is now coming back to the Edinburgh Fringe with another hour of absurdist stories, one-liners and oddball quickfire film clips. Falafel has a great comic mind, with the ability to mix imaginative surreal visual jokes with laugh-out-loud verbal gags. Go see. And if you've got kids you can buy them his book too. 
 
Olaf Falafel Presents: The Marmosets of My Mind is at Laughing Horse @ City Cafe August 3 - 27. Info here.
 
1. What is the last thing you do before you go onstage (apart from check your flies and/or check your knickers aren't sticking out of your skirt and check for spinach between your teeth)?

Smile, if I’m not enjoying it how can I expect the audience to?

2. What irritates you?

Plug hole hair, I live with three women and I’m pretty sure one of them is Rapunzel

3. What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?

I’m not great with heights and stupidly I once agreed to do the world's highest commercial abseil down the side of Table Mountain in Cape Town - I have never felt so scared.

Did you know that if you have a fear of heights and then you develop a fear of widths, you are automatically afraid of volumes.
 
4. What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?

Resetting my own broken nose was apparently quite a stupid thing to do (sporting injury not a fight).
 
5. What has surprised you the most during your career in comedy?
The level to which audiences find the things that come out of my head funny will always surprise me.
 
Interview continues here.
 

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