The comedian and magician performing at this year’s Adelaide Fringe festival shows us a few of his home favourites.
Comedian / magician.
Received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Scottish Comedy Awards in 2017.
I’VE LIVED IN MY HOME FOR …
Four years. I live with my wife Karena and teenage son Riley.
MY HOME IS …
A sanctuary and creative space.
I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE …
I can completely relax and switch off.
BUT I STILL NEED TO …
Work from it.
MY DECORATING STYLE IS …
Rustic provincial meets entertainment quirk.
MY FIRST CAR WAS …
A Datsun Cherry (this is what is was called in the UK, basically a two door hatchback).
I LIKE TO LISTEN TO …
Country and Rock.
Three mannequin arms for my act. (I juggle with them).
I COLLECT …
Anything I can make something from. As a kid, I was always making magic props out of anything I could find. My wife will tell you I’m still doing it! Our dining table was an old table that I restored. I built the entertainment unit in the living room and the shelves in the office. Working with my hands is a great antidote to a day of joke writing and conjuring up new tricks.
FAVOURITE ROOM / PART OF YOUR HOME
That’s a hard one, as I love all the rooms for various reasons, depending on what I’m doing. But if I had to choose one, it would be the bathroom and soaking in the tub. It’s a great space to shut-out the outside world and come up with ideas for my act.
My Jack in the Box, which was given to me by a comedy promoter in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was originally a prop from a French rock circus called Archaos.
My Jester plaque, which was a gift when I did my first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
My coffee machine, the ‘Black Beast’. It’s a faithful friend without which I couldn’t start my day. We use a blend of Hazelnut Vanilla and Sumatran coffee beans. I sometimes get excited going to bed just thinking about that morning latte!
AT HOME WITH DONNY WALFORD
WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT, I …
Have a cup of tea and watch cooking shows. Very rock ‘n’ roll!
AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO …
Spend time with my family but weekends are also when I’m mostly working.
CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE?
A bit of both. My office is also my workshop, and when I’m working on a new piece of
magic it can be a complete bombsite. Fortunately I have a very understanding wife.
ON MY WISH LIST IS …
A holiday. Once Adelaide Fringe is finished, we’re going to need one!
WHEN I’M HOME I LIKE TO COOK …
Brunch. Our family favourite is French toast, or pancakes with Barossa maple and cinnamon bacon, blueberries, maple syrup and don’t forget that coffee.
Mr Sunshine in Thebarton does great weekend brunches, and we all love the Mile End
Hotel, our local for casual dinners. It’s got a very eclectic decor with great food, and my son loves the old-school pinball machine.
IN MY GARDEN I HAVE …
A tranquil oasis where I can relax and read, or socialise with friends.
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I WANTED TO BE …
A professional magician.
DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION
I’d love to go to Egypt. I’m fascinated by the pyramids and ancient history.
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE
BY THE AGE OF 50?
I’m past that! There’s lots I still want to do but most importantly I think, is simply living with gratitude. I really believe that gratitude is the secret of a happy life.
I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT …
My family. They put up with the crazy parts of my life and keep me grounded.
IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD LIVE …
I’m really happy in Mile End. We’re within walking distance to the city through the parklands, Henley Beach is a 10-minute drive and we’re constantly discovering new shops and cafes.
HOME MEANS …
My job involves a lot of travelling so I love coming home. But at the end of the day a home is just a building with possessions. Home for me is really about family.
Kevin Kopfstein International Man of Mystery and Mischief will be showing at the Owl Room in Gluttony, February 15– March 3. For tickets, visit adelaidefringe.com.au