Interview: Eddie Ifft
Eddie Ifft is keen. I mean he’s super f$%king keen. Because even after a night spent performing to crowds, going out the with the fellers afterwards, he gets up every morning to go and do Crossfit. I’d never looked into what these nutters do until Eddie missed my call because one of his sessions ran late, and what I saw was just complete insanity. After watching a few videos of these Crossfitters I wanted to throw up in sympathy for those super fit folks. So if you’re the kind of nervous comedy-goer who worries their comedian will run out of puff mid-way through a set, (and let’s face it, who isn’t) never fear, Eddie will go the distance without even breaking a sweat.
When Eddie isn’t doing deadlifts and smashing out burpees he resumes existence as an abnormally productive man. He is often found hosting his incredibly successful podcasting series ‘Talkin’ Shit with Eddie Ifft’.
I asked him how he finds the time to crank out all this creativity and Eddie tells me he “always hung out with people my parents told me not to, not because I wanted to do what they were doing, but because I wanted to see what they were doing”, and this really is the source of much of the chaos that goes into creating the show. Now that he’s no longer constrained by the will of his parents he’s accumulated a bunch of friends he lovingly refers to as “an eclectic mix of just idiots” including Steve O from Jackass, Alex Gray (internationally renowned big-wave surfer) Kato Kaelin from the OJ Simpson Trial, and Andy Dick.
Eddie’s new show, Train Wreck, explores his favourite disasters from celebrities and reality TV as well as his own “train wreck” moments. We chat about how sometimes these “train wrecks” can create opportunity: for instance, Eddie’s partner in crime Jim Jeffries had his initial burst of popularity stem from an incident where he was punched in the head on stage. That incident now boasts over a million views on Youtube.
So take it from Eddie: sometimes train wrecks can be fun. Check out Train Wreck at the Comedy Festival website.