Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth

Olaf Falafel’s style of comedy is absurdist verging on the downright ludicrous. The show called The Cheese of Truth is actually an interesting concept whereby a piece of Emmental cheese, when placed upon a medium such as a newspaper, has the ability to see the hidden message within its multiple holes. If you’re thinking this is just odd, you may have a point.

If The Cheese of Truth taught me me anything, it is that I think I’d rather eat the cheese than know the truth.

Olaf’s show is, in essence, a rundown of his best Vine material. To his credit, Olaf has received over 75 million hits across all his Vines, which is undeniably impressive. However as an hour’s show, this was probably not the best of approaches for an audience who could just as easily have sat at home watching his material online.

Olaf, who happens to be Sweden’s eighth best comedian (his words, not mine) does however include some snippets of hilarity that he’s clearly saved especially this show. He presents these one-liners like Haikus, and includes a joke about what Hillary Clinton would be called if she lived in Roman times, which was particularly amusing (I won’t spoil it for you). There is also a great set with two made up games, “Biscuitology” and “How do you cut your sandwich,” both of which supposedly says something about your character. This part was well thought through, highly amusing and surprisingly accurate.

Aside from these jokes, the set really is a rundown of Vines, but if you haven’t watched them before (his one on Donald Trump is particularly amusing) they’re worth seeing. His crowd interaction does need work especially as he often resorted to predictable comebacks with no real wit or flare.

This style of comedy is not for everyone and is silly enough to make you feel like an eight-year-old child all over again. It was truly reminiscent of the moment a teenage boy discovers boobs for the first time. If The Cheese of Truth taught me me anything, it is that I think I’d rather eat the cheese than know the truth.

Reviews by Sophia Charalambous

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The Blurb

Olaf Falafel, the subject of over 75 million views on Vine, brings his debut hour show to the Fringe. Expect nonsense as we journey through a year in the life of an idiot where the only winners are stupidity and silliness. 'Olaf Falafel is an idiot, and wouldn’t have it any other way' (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk). ‘Skilfully delivered absurdist musings’ (ThreeWeeks). ‘Olaf Falafel is like a chocolate digestive – very moreish’ (Bruce Dessau, BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).