FRINGE PREVIEW – Carl Donnelly

Carl Donnelly 3 - Carl Donnelier!

Carl Donnelly 3 - Carl Donnelier!

Appearing solo at the Fringe for his third year in a row, acclaimed up-and-coming comedian Carl Donnelly is growing in confidence after a string of television appearances on the likes of Mock The Week and The Comedy Store Live

It’s no huge surprise then that the theme of this year’s show is not giving a stuff what people think of you and accepting yourself for who you are. Naturally, therefore, Carl Donnelly 3 – Carl Donnellier! features the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominated comic doing some novelty dancing.

We caught up with Carl to find out a bit more about his plans for Edinburgh this year.

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

My show (Carl Donnelly 3: Carl Donnelier!) is in the Dairy Room (Udderbelly’s Pasture) at 19:50 each night. It is a selection of stories that I have deemed funny enough to tell strangers for money. There will be stories of novelty dancing in Dubai, Dyson Airblades in Ireland and possibly one about hijacking a bus in South London. People should come to see it as I have recently had my hair cut and purchased new glasses and I need feedback on this image-change from strangers. And less importantly, it will be a funny show.

What are you most looking forward to about coming back to Edinburgh?

I’d like to say something pretentious about it being a month of creativity and culture where I’ll be surrounded by my peers but, in truth, my favourite things about Edinburgh are Snax Cafe and the massive seagulls.

What’s been your favourite / funniest Edinburgh Fringe experience so far?

The final night of the festival is always fun in that half the shows have already finished and the remaining ones are being performed by comics who would rather be anywhere else! Last year, myself and Matt Forde co-hosted the final night’s ‘BBC Comedy Present’s’ and it was decided with Rupert Majendie from the BBC that we were going to make it a karaoke special where comics would do a mixture of their jokes as well as singing a favourite song. Matt and I opened the show with a drunken version of ‘Never Forget’ by Take That thinking this would get the crowd in the mood. Unfortunately what actually happened was 150 people stared at us with a confused look on their faces. The next two hours was an incredible highs and lows. There were great moments as well as a mix of car crash comedy and drunken self indulgence!

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

I would hire Arthur’s Seat as my venue and perform my show each day as some sort of sermon on the mount. I would then dish out some bread and fish and basically try and start a religious movement over the month. By the end of the festival, if it had grown big enough, I would give up comedy and continue my life as a religious and spiritual guide for the downtrodden.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

I rarely go to see the big shows as can see them the rest of the year. I like to see newer people or friends that I would rarely get to see doing a full hour show. Good examples this year are Chris Martin (who I do a regular podcast with), Benny Boot, Matt Forde, Josh Widdecombe, Roisin Conaty, Seann Walsh among others. The comic I am most excited to see doing a full show is Hannibal Buress who I got to see doing a shorter set earlier this year in Melbourne but I recommend him to everyone who wants to see possibly the best thing to come out of America since the first Transformers film!

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

I am going camping with my friends Richard, Pete Portugal and Garrett. We intend on going into the woods for three days, going feral and returning ready to face the final portion of 2011. This question was probably enquiring more as to what I have planned for my career but there is a chance I might never return from the woods so don’t want to tempt fate by talking about anything after that!

Sum up your show in three words for us:

Snap, Crackle, Pop

Thanks Carl – we hope you don’t feel too self-conscious after that interview. Check out details including dates, times and prices on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.

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