Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Olaf Falafel: Page 2 of 2

6. What do your parents/children (delete as applicable) think of your job?

My kids love it - they’ve seen me a couple of times at Comedy Club 4 Kids - they’ve also featured in a few of the Vine videos that I used to make before Vine was shut down.

7. What’s the worst thing about being a comedian?

The inability to truly switch off, even when I’m supposedly relaxing on holiday or at a wedding there’s a part of me thinking “Hmmm, vol-au-vents, I wonder what I could do with vol-au-vents that would be funny?” It’s a disease.

8. I think you are very good at what you do (that’s why I’m asking these questions). What do you think of you?

Thank you, I think I’m improving - I’m slowly working out that the things that work best for me are the things that I myself really find funny. Audiences seem to be able to tell when you are genuinely excited about doing a certain bit and it rubs off on them.

9. How much do you earn and how much would you like to earn?

I earn more from illustration than I do from comedy, this was the case even before my first kids book, 'Old MacDonald Heard A Fart', was published earlier this year. At the moment the comedy feeds my heart and the illustration feeds my children. That’s not to say I don’t also love drawing, although having just finished two months of solid illustration work on 'Father Christmas Heard A Fart', I’m really ready for a good month of comedy.

10. How important is luck in terms of career success – have you had lucky breaks?

I’ve had plenty of lucky breaks, although I'd like to think that they wouldn’t have happened without a trace of talent to begin with. Getting a publishing deal with Harper Collins was amazingly lucky and all thanks to the great people on Twitter who shared my initial drawings of the book.

11. Alan Davies has said that comedians fall into two categories - golfers and self-harmers. The former just get on with life, the latter are tortured artists. Which are you – or do you think you fit into a third category?

Golfer all day long - I haven't got the time to be introspective - life will torture you enough why give it any help?

12. Who is your favourite person ever and why – not including family or friends or other comedians?

Favourite people –The Super Furry Animals, the first band I ever watched live back in 1995 and still the favourite. They are perfect in my eyes - constantly creative, always evolving and often bonkers. They've got a sense of humour that fits with my own and there’s an SFA song to accompany any mood.  

13. Do you keep your drawers tidy and if not why not? (please think long and hard about this question, it's to settle an argument with my girlfriend. The future of our relationship could depend on your response).

I used to think I was untidy till I had kids and now I know what real chaos is. I’d probably still class my drawers as being unorganised though.
 
Olaf Falafel Presents: The Marmosets of My Mind is at Laughing Horse @ City Cafe August 3 - 27. Info here.

 

 

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