Swedish stand up Olaf Falafel is an idiosyncratic performer to say the least. His latest show is packed full of surrealist energy, entitled The Marmosets Of My Mind. Olaf is also an illustrator, having just published his first children’s book, proving him to be a natural creative in other aspects besides performance alone. He will be performing his free show at The City Café throughout August.
1) What excites you most about the Edinburgh Festival?
Convincing people who’ve never heard of me to come and spend an hour observing the marmosets of my mind.
2) What was your first Edinburgh show about?
My first Edinburgh show ‘Olaf Falafel & The Cheese Of Truth’ was about mystical cheese that could reveal the core truth of whatever it landed on and also loosely documented the journey of becoming a man.
3) Does your comedy attract a certain type of audience?
My comedy is universal like one of those plug adaptors you can buy at the airport
4) What is the worst experience you’ve had with Edinburgh accommodation?
I slept on a sofa for a fortnight a few years ago and it was one of those L shaped sofas so I had to sleep at a right angle.
5) What is your most treasured memory of your comedy career so far?
The second year I came to Edinburgh I split an hour with two other comics, we averaged six audience members each show – glorious.
6) What show will you definitely be seeing at the festival this year?
Really looking forward to seeing Michael Stranney’s debut hour ‘Welcome to Ballybeg’ – we shared a show a few years ago so it’ll be great to see what his alter ego Daniel Duffy has been up to.
7) What do you hope to gain from the Edinburgh Festival this year?
Big sacks of cash.
8) What do you imagine your last ever show will be about?