You Having Olaf?

"Work with kids, it'll cheer you up." Did it bollocks.

“Work with kids, it’ll cheer you up.” Did it bollocks.

Winner of Best Newcomer at Vault Festival 2017, Joseph Cullen’s “You Having Olaf?” fuses character comedy and stand up in a way that’s painful to watch and upsetting to be around. One reviewer claimed “the overwhelming urge to shake him has to be constrained” (Daniel Perks).

“You Having Olaf?” shares an insight into the woebegone world and mind of a recovering children’s party entertainer; from his decision to take the heinous job in the first place, to his breakdown at a six year old’s birthday party that made him think “maybe this job isn’t for me…”

What leads someone to make such bad choices? Can you even fix something that is truly broken? Is there really any point in trying?

None of these questions, and fewer, will be answered.

One inconsequential blogger tossed about what one can only interpret as the highest of high praise:
“Cullen is living proof that an English Literature degree has its uses” (@bakchormeeboy).

Another considered:
“His spoken word poetry, at times a steady cadence and rhythm of popular rap, has hints of word mastery akin to Tim Minchin” (Daniel Perks).

He has never been visited by anyone with authority to give him a star-rating, which is probably a good thing, there’s plenty to cry about already.

Unapologetically self-defacing and bleak, “You Having Olaf?” features Zayny wordplay and slam poetry, live-action balloon-modelling, and debilitating flashbacks of discos past.

Likened to some better and more successful comedian men like Jack Dee and Stewart Lee, Joseph Cullen is himself a pathetic man with embarrassing facial hair choices. He is also an actor, writer, comedian, Star Wars enthusiast, and oftentimes catatonic excuse for a companion.

Stay for the poetry, leave for the love of God.

Comedy
1hr 00m
The Vaults
26 Jan — 15 Feb 20:45
£11.50
15+
20:45
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About the company

Joseph Cullen

Joseph Cullen is an actor, writer and comedian.

As an actor his credits include the Olivier-nominated “Alice’s Adventures Underground”, and “The Game’s Afoot” with Les Enfants Terribles, “Droll” and “Ralph Roister Doister” with Owle Schreame, and most recently “The Three Musketeers” and “Twelfth Night” with SouthWest Shakespeare Company in Arizona.

Joseph has written 3 plays for Over The Limit Theatre; “Gentle Tim” (Festival Spirit Award, Vault 2016), “The Lock In” and “Siren” (Festival Spirit Award, Vault 2017), and is currently working on “The Canterbury Fails” for the same company. He has also written for the comedy/horror podcast “The Unseen Hour”, and has been commissioned to write a new play for SSC in Arizona.

As a comedian he has achieved very little, but he has made lots of new fwends doing it, so that rocks him to sleep at night.

Press & Reviews

Priase for You Having Olaf (VAULT 2018)

“His spoken word poetry, at times a steady cadence and rhythm of popular rap, has hints of word mastery akin to Tim Minchin” (Daniel Perks)

“Cullen is living proof that an English Literature degree has its uses” (@bakchormeeboy)

"This is rogue creative writing at its comedic peak, and one wonders if Cullen might ever consider publishing a poetry collection from virtue of the brilliance we saw tonight." (@bakchormeeboy)

Praise for "Siren" (VAULT 2017)

"[...] this hour-long show is funny, poignant and at times shocking. Precision acting, a tight script and the most minimal of props make this a real delight, sure to entertain audiences." (Everything Theatre)

Praise for "Gentle Tim" (VAULT 2016):

"Joseph Cullen provides a brilliant portrayal of this brave, child-like and passionate man. His attention to detail is fantastic and drives the central component of the show brilliantly." (Everything Theatre)

"Cullen gives a striking performance." (There Ought To Be Clowns)