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OLAF FALAFEL AND THE CHEESE OF TRUTH

Comedy

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: City Two - Basement Bar
AUG 4-15, 17-28 at 16:15 (60 min)
 
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Olaf Falafel, winner and finalist of too many comedy competitions to list plus the subject of over 75 million views on Vine, brings his debut hour long show to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Olaf Falafel and The Cheese Of Truth is a journey through a year in the life of an idiot where the only winners are stupidity and silliness – expect nonsense.

'Skilfully delivered absurdist musings ★★★★' Three Weeks
'Ambitious and very smart ★★★★' EdFest Magazine
'Olaf Falafel is an idiot' Steve Bennett, Chortle
'Olaf Falafel is like a chocolate digestive – very moreish' Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke


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September 3, 2016  iNews
Review for Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth
Olaf Falafel – “Sweden’s eighth funniest comedian” – builds his set around the Vines which have gained him quite a following (75 million views) online. These tiny, six-second video clips, in which applies a toilet plunger to his face or recreates the James Bond title sequence with a toilet roll and a block of jelly – are presented alongside memorably odd one-liners – “Yoko Ono’s real name is Yoko Or nearest offer” – and eccentric thoughts about breakfast cereal variety packs and alphabetti spaghetti. It is largely a successful segue from online success to live format, though more enjoyable if you aren’t already aware of his best Vines. The “Cheese of Truth” that features in the title is a loose and silly structuring device but Falafel has thought about how to make six-second clips into a show and it is a refreshingly odd way to spend an hour.

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August 30, 2016  Edinburgh Festival Magazine
Review for Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth
The Cheese of Truth is a silly hour of one-liner concepts and Vine videos from Elliot Quince in the character of a wacky, yet deadpan, Scandinavian uncle, Olaf Falafel. ‘Sweden’s 8th Best Comedian’ is a gentle and lovable one. He acts as a good crutch to Quince’s show that relies heavily, and quite rightly, on his excellent collection of Vines.

Not every joke is terribly original in concept, but most build to create a satisfactory whole. While it may not always be terribly slick, or inventive in topics or delivery, it is consistent in style, tone and with its huge sense of fun.

The main thing it does is showcase Elliot Quince’s tremendous talents as a comedian. He’s already proved himself to be a great illustrator and satirist, as well as strong character comedian, but this show edges him towards a complete display. Lovely, accessible and constantly creative, it’s a clever little joy.

Words: Tom Crosby

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth, Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, Aug 26-28, 4:15pm Click Here

August 24, 2016  Comedy Reviewer
Review for Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth
Vine master Olaf makes a decent entrance into the world of stand-up, showing that he's capable of much greater things.

There is no doubting his ability to be funny in a 6 second video, but to do it in front of a large live audience is something else.

I wouldn't say he makes it look easy, but you can see that he has something. Nice ideas and good writing show that he's capable of establishing himself in a place like Edinburgh.

This show is clearly written around his vines but his good work has made it more than a showcase. It's a decent hour from the newcomer and very enjoyable. Plenty of groans but big laughs too. He has obviously still to prove himself without the video but I do see enough to predict a bright future.

Comedy Reviewer 7/10
#edfringe 3 Stars *** Click Here

August 24, 2016  Edinburgh Fringe Review
Review for Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth
Making his debut at the Fringe this year, “Sweden’s Eighth Funniest Comedian” Olaf Falafel arrives with a barrage of absurdist humour and sharp one-liners, searching for the answers to some of life’s greatest questions: What is the meaning of life? What does it mean to be a man? Why are Starbursts so juicy?
Building around a series of Vines (the medium that first made him famous), Olaf Falafel’s performance tries to combine a love of one-liners and tight comedy with an overarching narrative about the 'Cheese of Truth', all with a healthy dose of audience participation (audience bullying might be more accurate). It takes a while to get the audience fully on board with Falafel’s off-the-wall style, and a few of the first jokes fall flat. As both Falafel and the audience warm up, though, the show begins to take off and rolls comfortably on towards the conclusion.
The most successful parts of the show are those which deal with pretty banal ideas: judging audience members on how they cut their sandwiches (two rectangles? Nothing more disappointing) or using the dark art of biscuitology to analyse hidden parts of their psyche. The tension when he shows a Vine of an overly-dunked biscuit falling helplessly into a mug of tea is palpable. Less successful is his running joke about calling a member of the audience “Patricia”, and making somebody consume a Babybel with the wax still on.
Falafel himself is utterly likable. His boundless energy and enthusiasm is what carries the show, although it’s clear from the videos that he’s more comfortable behind a screen than in front of it. The 'Cheese of Truth' quoted in the title refers to him throwing pieces of cheese at popular publications and supposedly being able, from this, to pick out the “soul” of the paper – something which works well on screen but not stage. Although Falafel does try to integrate different media, there are unavoidable viewing restrictions at many Fringe venues, and, if you are unable to see all of the videos clearly, the comedy loses its bite.
Olaf Falafel has masses of potential, and the show is a quick-paced, tongue in cheek piece of comedy. However, there’s still some work to be done before Falafel can market himself as a stand up comedian rather than a Vine star. Click Here

August 24, 2016  The List
Review for Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth
A relative newcomer to the scene, Sweden's Olaf Falafel takes on the Herculean, 21st-century comedy task of trying to convert online success into a viable live format. Having accrued a vast number of views (as well as the obligatory haters) on Vine, he utilises a video screen to present some of them during his show, the theme of which he describes as being the big questions in life.

For the uninitiated, Vines are 6.5-second videos, a kind of digital invocation of the theory that brevity is the soul of wit (why they aren't nine seconds long we'll never know: Vine = video + nine, surely?). Falafel succeeds where others have failed in merging his live work with pre-recorded footage. Not only does he manage to weave together Vines, contextual material and one-liners but there is a hidden logic at work.

Underneath his massive beard and veneer of daftness hide kernels of genuine insight, rendered all the more funny by their veracity. Taking on Trump and children while dropping enough witticisms to prove that his accomplishments are not limited to a digital platform, Falafel's debut Fringe show is a wonderful hour of professional silliness. Sadly, we never quite get to the bottom of that moniker though.

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, until 28 Aug (not 16), 4.15pm, free. Click Here

August 10, 2016  The Skinny
Olaf Falafel and The Cheese of Truth
'Sweden's eighth favourite comedian' brings his debut hour into the City Cafe

Olaf Falafel is an imaginative, inventive loon and best introduced by the six-second video clips that have made him 'Vine famous'. This kind of introduction is pretty much what transpires in his debut hour as he presents something of a greatest hits on screen and builds a nice story around his popular 'Cheese of Truth' Vines, where cheese slices reveal the essence of whatever reading material they land on through the few words only visible through the cheese-holes.

The economy of his storytelling in this restricted format suggests Falafel should break out beyond the strange bubble of social media admiration, where hits and views replace the cheques an artist needs to get by. He finds himself in the odd situation, however, of being eclipsed by his own videos. There's his clever and bizarre use of props, for instance; so arresting in his Vines, yet they barely materialise onstage.

That's not to say his live material lacks in quality or ideas. A quiz-style competition with the contestant playing against a bowl of breakfast cereal, the ancient Rome translation of Hilary Clinton's name and the pay-off of a hard-to-swallow conclusion all demonstrate Falafel's considerable range and a desire to take risks. He's also the kind of comedian who can elicit as much pleasure from the audience with weaker material, understanding that sometimes a groan can be as good as a laugh.

A promising debut, but not yet a calling-card presentation.

Olaf Falafel and The Cheese of Truth, Laughing Horse @ City Cafe (Basement Bar), 4-28 Aug (not 16), 4.15pm, Free Click Here

August 7, 2016  Fest
The publicity for "Sweden's eighth funniest comedian" has played heavily on Olaf Falafel's status as a celebrated Vine humorist, which is understandable, given that it's likely his greatest source of international exposure. Fortunately, Falafel doesn't dwell on navel-gazing questions about the nature of social media; he simply employs the highlights of his internet-based humour with the ruthlessness and timing of any talented standup, using his six-second absurdities as a "sorbet" to punctuate his equally charming rapidfire live material. Click Here

August 7, 2016  Fringe Guru
There's something decidedly nerve-wracking about the combination of free shows and technology. The risk of things going seriously awry is seriously high – but with Olaf Falafel, we are in safe hands. Or rather, it’s iPhone that’s in safe hands, and from it he controls all of his show’s slick action and sound.

Olaf Falafel is a daft name. The Cheese of Truth is a daft title. And this is a gloriously daft show. A long attention span is not required: it’s easy-watching, lowbrow stuff. The idea of cheese being able to reveal truth, like some kind of dairy oracle, is a premise and a kind of silliness that I really enjoyed engaging with. There is a small sprinkling of subtle political satire, mostly coming from “the cheese of truth’s” revelations, but it’s heavily doused in visual gags; one of my favourites was the entirely ridiculous and very funny use of a croissant as the hair on a Donald Trump puppet (achieving a startlingly accurate likeness). Click Here

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