Fringe comedy debut: Christian O’Connell

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  • 6 August 2013

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Fringe comedy debut: Christian O’Connell

credit: Steve Ullathorne

The stand-up debuts his solo hour at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

What do you think might work out as the best piece of advice you receive ahead of your Fringe debut?
Don't do that bit about Oscar Pistorious.

What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Why don't you sit on a BMX for your poster?

Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
More than 67 people coming to see me.

In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?

Back in the old days, there used to be a thing called ‘the festival shag’. Is this ancient tradition likely to play any part in your thinking during August?
I've been married for 15 years, so no. Even with my wife.

Back in the old days, comedians would drink alcohol solidly for a whole month and still manage to get out and do their show every day: how much are you likely to imbibe per day?
I'm away from home and not doing my radio show and not getting up at 4am: what do you think? By the end, my blood group with be a Merlot-mojito blend.

What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?

Will you read your reviews before your run is over and if so, how do you think they will affect you as a comedian and as a human being?
Any bad reviews I will have tattooed on my chest forever.

Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
Yes, with my wife dressed as a schoolboy, like the Krankies.

Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
Yes. I grapple with tramps and offer them £20 if they can submit me.

If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
On the verge of starring in my own sitcom Morning Glory about a breakfast show DJ who solves crimes during the day. He doesn't play by the rules, but does play Nickelback.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, 3–20 Aug, 8.40pm, £12.50–£13.50 (£11.50–£12.50). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £7.

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