Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth
Professional silliness masks a core logic
This article is from 2016.
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.
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