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Venue:The City Café, 19 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 220 0125
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Las Vegas
AUG 3-14, 16-27 at 16:15 (60 min)
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I'm back with another hour of surreal stupidity - not sure what it'll involve just yet, probably conkers, maybe sandpaper. Whatever it is, I personally guarantee your money back if you actually learn something of any use.

“A barrage of absurdist humour and sharp one-liners”
Ed Fringe Review

"Falafel has a talent for the tangential with the ruthlessness and timing of any talented standup”

“Quirkily eccentric… combining modern technology with old-fashioned idiocy”
The Scotsman

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August 22, 2017  Ed Fringe Review
The first thing I noticed when I entered the set of Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel was his incredible ability to engage an audience. As we waited for a latecomer, a friend of whom in the audience told us that he was wearing a Viking hat, Olaf led us in a chant of the ‘Jaws’ theme song. Almost on climactic cue, the Viking hat-wearing attendant arrived, and the audience erupted into laughter. Olaf, in characteristically absurd fashion, began playing a bottle of cleaning product (the so-called “Duxaphone Duck Master”) as if it were a saxophone. Mr. Falafel clearly had the spark necessary to take an audience out of their minds and into the beautiful pen of play.

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August 13, 2017  Fresh Air
Olaf Falafel’s show is odd, but sadly not as odd as it thinks it is. The start of the show goes as absurdly as you would expect from the title and the poster; Falafel goes on stage playing a Toilet Duck as a saxophone, “performing” a deliberately awful version of Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street. The show has great bursts of creativity throughout it, and I'm a sucker for absurdist comedy, so I love it. It's a show that weaves in and out of genres, whether it’s prop comedy, musical comedy, or stand-up. After 20 minutes, it unfortunately became clear that much of Falafel’s act is relatively standard observational comedy.

Falafel’s style does distinguish itself when he is doing observersational material, however. The first half-hour is an interwoven series of callbacks to set-ups that had been dropped minutes before. Non-sequiturs are shown to have been set-ups to punch-lines delivered 10 minutes later. His use of multimedia also shows Falafel’s flair for absurdity and experimentation. Although some jokes seem like they could have been part of Tommy Cooper's act, this retro character seems strangely fitting for Olaf Falafel's stage persona.

However, Falafel’s actual content is sadly a little lack-lustre, and the topics themselves are somewhat well-trodden. For a comedian with such an off-beat style, his content does seem too pedestrian for him. The show itself did seem to be lacking more absurdity as it went on, and this sadly never happened

Falafel still shows signs of real promise. His prop comedy, crowd-work, and use of multimedia add a lot to the show, and there is a lot of charm to his more old-fashioned jokes. I hope we see more of him in the future, and that he gets a lot stranger. Click Here

August 10, 2017  The Scotsman
If there were a prize for the best flier on the Fringe Olaf Falafel would be a strong contender.

The Swedish comic, who is also an illustrator, has created a fantastic animation of a group of marmosets, which run around his head when you use a bunch of his fliers as a flicker book. Click Here

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