Performer: Olivia Rhee Photograph by: Christopher Johnstone Show: Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O makes it in New York… or does she? Venue: Laughing Horse @ the Espionage (Bunker) Promoter: Diamond Wave Productions Online: Box Office Facebook Website
Tell me about your Edinburgh show.
It is a Comedy Debut: As per the Press Release, it is an hilarious hour of comedy, where Olivia entertains you with her Korean-American wisdom, and you will leave with a transformed mind, bigger eyes, and an open heart… a heart that is open to explore new experiences… like French Fries with Kimchi (she calls it…. Korean Ketchup)…
Tell me about your first gig.
It was a one-woman musical called: Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist: Olivia in Caledonia (2010). It had storytelling, singing, and some comedic moments.
Do you have any rituals before going on stage?
No, if I remember, maybe I pray.
Tell me about your best and worst review.
I had a good review… and some bad ones… do not remember what they said. Sorry.
During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?
No. I will after the run.
How do you feel about reviewers generally?
No opinion… I believe they are there to serve a purpose…
In April 2018, YouTube comedian, Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) was fined £800 for training his girlfriend’s pug dog to do a Nazi salute with its paw, in response to the phrase ‘Gas the Jews’. Do you believe Meechan committed a criminal offence, and why?
I think he might have offended the Jews, but don’t all comedians offend at one point?
Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?
I don’t believe so?
Have you ever gone too far?
Not sure? My cousins were angry at me, as I might have pointed out a stereotype?
Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career.
So far, my biggest gig was in Dublin, Ireland, when I was in front of about 50 Uni students… after the gig, two of them gave me a thumbs up, which was nice.