Rory O Hanlon is an Irish stand up comedian and writer whose autobiographical style of comedy, combined with an often light-hearted and silly demeanour, shows a willingness for self-ridicule and opens him up to be a very likeable performer. Rory is bringing his third stand up hour, You Are Where You Need To Be, to this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
I asked Rory these seven questions to learn more about him…
1) What situation do you never want to be in?
Having to dance on a first date. I have no rhythm and find the idea of dancing with someone more nerve-racking than jumping out of a plane.
2) Do you know the secret to a peaceful life?
I’m not sure there is such a thing, particularly if you leave in a city. I’d say if you wanted a peaceful life, leaving London would be up there for a start.
3) What is the role of comedy in society?
It depends on the style of your comedy. Some comedy may be to point out how ridiculous politicians are behaving or how celebrity culture is absurd. Mine personally is just jokes and should never be taken seriously. But comedy can be a great stress release for people, it’s a nice way to relax and laugh with friends.
4) When did you last feel regret?
About three weeks ago I put £20 of petrol into a diesel car. My whole life flashed in front me. I’m not sure I will ever recover.
5) Who do you most want to be friends with?
Barack Obama seems like such a laugh and a good guy. He could also tell you all the secrets about other politicians which you could use in your next Edinburgh show.
6) Are you a musical person?
I like to listen to music but am not in the slightest bit musical myself. I think I’d struggle to play the spoons.
7) Is the stress of the Edinburgh Festival worth it?
Yes! I think so. It’s nice to be in the same city for a month without having to travel, even though its winter time in August in Scotland, but it’s an amazing festival.