2013 Edinburgh Fringe

Christian O'Connell: This is 13

  • Comedy (60 minutes)
Christian O'Connell: This is 13. Christian O'Connell. Copyright: Open Mike Productions

Eight-time Sony Award winning DJ's debut stand-up show. A race against time to complete a list of dreams made when Christian was 13. With his deadline months away, he reveals the ticks and the crosses, and tells stories of his attempts to finish the list. He fights the dark lord, challenges a pensioner BMX champion and dates his '80s heartthrob. The most revealing a British DJ has been since Operation Yewtree. A show definitely unsuitable for broadcast. 'Smart and funny' (Ricky Gervais). 'Furiously funny' (Guardian).

Featuring

Performances

Date Time Venue
31st Jul 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
1st Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
2nd Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
3rd Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
4th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
5th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
6th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
7th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
8th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
9th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
10th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
11th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
12th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
13th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
14th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
15th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
16th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
17th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
18th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
19th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square
20th Aug 20.40 Udderbelly, George Square

Reviews

Press articles

Festival stories: Christian O'Connell

Radio DJ and stand-up Christian O'Connell talks about his youthful ambitions at his first ever Edinburgh Festival and his subsequent return 18 years later.

Hamish Gibson, WOW247, 27th August 2013

Explain yourself: Christian O'Connell

Born in Winchester, Christian O'Connell started his radio-presenting career at 2CR (Two Counties Radio) in Bournemouth in 1999, and subsequently worked at Xfm and BBC Radio 5Live, for whom he presented the Fighting Talk show from 2004-05. Since 2006, O'Connell has presented the breakfast show on Absolute Radio (formerly Virgin), for which he has won a string of Sony awards. He is currently performing a stand-up show, This is 13, at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Ed Potton, The Times, 19th August 2013

Fringe comedy debut: Christian O'Connell

The stand-up debuts his solo hour at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013.

The List, 6th August 2013

My Edinburgh: Christian O'Connell

The radio host talks about great pubs, rubbish ghost tours, missing all the cool parties and getting a flyer for his own show.

Nosheen Iqbal, The Guardian, 6th August 2013

Will the real Christian O'Connell stand up?

"I'm going to lose money, self-esteem, professional kudos... the more I think about it, this is a bad idea."

Tony Cooke, The Stage, 1st August 2013

Christian O'Connell's 10 Edinburgh questions

When he was 13, that DJ chap Christian O'Connell made a list of dreams he wanted to one day fulfil. Presumably one of them was 'appearing on Edinburgh is Funny', as he's now turned this list into a Fringe show. Extraordinary lengths!

London Is Funny, 31st July 2013

More details

This summer 2013 triple Sony Award nominee Christian will take his debut stand-up show Christian O'Connell - This is 13 to the Edinburgh Festival Underbelly on Bristo Square. He leaves behind the cosy comfort of his radio studio and takes the biggest risk in his career so far!

This is 13 is about a race against time to complete a list of dreams made when Christian was 13. He reveals the ticks, the crosses, and the stories of what happens, as he attempts to finish the list. He fights the dark lord, challenges a pensioner BMX champion and dates his 80's heartthrob. The most revealing a British DJ has been since 'Operation Yewtree.' A show definitely unsuitable for broadcast.

As well as stand up, Christian O'Connell is an 8-time Sony Gold Award Winning DJ, TV presenter and writer. Christian currently hosts the national breakfast show on Absolute Radio, where he was poached from XFM. Every weekday morning 1.5million people wake up to his show. He has celebrity fans from Ricky Gervais to Jeremy Clarkson. He has also won awards for his hosting of BBC Radio 5 Live's Fighting Talk. He has presented TV shows for ITV, Sky1 and Channel 5. He has even hosted and commentated on Mixed Martial Arts as he's a huge fan.

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