Paul McCaffrey wants to tell audiences about the grafting he has had to do to make a living in comedy, perhaps it’s meant to be inspiring. But audiences may find it confusing, as he is just as funny as any of the big names in British comedy, so why has it taken so long?
Despite his clear talent for comedy, it was not his original calling. Paul wanted to be a rock legend, and as the hair and dress sense will tell you immediately, he was a massive Oasis fan. There were a few roadblocks that halted that dream however, the industry is very competitive, you usually need to be able to source representation, and he can’t play an instrument or sing.
While that may have been a bad thing for his teenage dreams, it’s good for his audiences. ‘We Go Again’ is witty, incisive, and painfully funny. During the show he speaks about his dreams, and how he hoped to become famous as a comedian. But that rock star dream has always remained, or he at least longs for the opportunity to be able to do rock star type antics on stage. If you go and see his show, he will tell you some stories on how he was able to blend rock and roll with comedy, and if you didn’t hear it from him you might not believe it.
Paul McCaffrey feels as though he is still waiting for his big break, and he has been doing the Fringe for a number of years now, so maybe this will be his year. He certainly has the talent to get to the top, but as a comedian, not a rockstar – there is still some work to be done there.
Paul McCaffrey: We Go Again, 19:25, Underbelly, August 14-28 (excluding 15).