My home: Jay Lafferty

Comedian Jay Lafferty is co-director of Last Laughs at the Assembly Rooms, starring her husband Keir McAllister.


Last Laughs is a mix of stand-up, theatre and storytelling and is at the Assembly Rooms until 30th August.

What’s your earliest memory of a house?

My earliest memory is of my own home the day my baby brother was born. My memory is of my Mum leaving in labour and the next door neighbour lady coming in to sit with me. Next thing I remember is my dad arriving home with this red faced bawling child and introducing him as my little brother.

Where would be your dream place to live?

Ravello in Italy - Keir and I visited in October last year a bit of relaxation after a busy Fringe 2014. It’s the most beautiful village sitting above the Amalfi coast.

Do you have a favourite building in Scotland?

My favourite building in Scotland has to be the Lagavulin Distillery in Islay. We went there for the Islay Jazz Festival a few years ago and the building is so old and atmospheric perfect place to listen to live jazz.

A favourite place you visited on holiday, such as a hotel or villa?

Ravello, as above.

How would you describe your home?

We live in Edinburgh, and I would describe our home as cozy, eclectic and full of character - AKA - a top floor, two bedroom flat which holds the contents of two people with very different taste belongs, and you have to know the special trick to get the boiler working!

What’s your favourite home smell?

Keir’s home cooked food - he is an amazing chef.

What do you miss about home if you are away for a while?

The cats, Crombie and Fitch

Do you have a favourite room in the house?

The living room we bought a giant sofa last year which is just the most comfy thing in the world.

How are your DIY skills?

A lot better than Keir’s!

When was the last time you worked on your garden?

Never. We live right beside Arthurs Seat though so who needs a garden?

Dinner at the table or in front of the TV?

At the table - my brother in law David Watson, who is a very talented furniture maker, created a table which doubles as a framed map of Scotland. It hangs on the wall until we need it and then it folds out into a table. Dinner guests are always amazed by how beautiful and functional it is.

What’s your favourite thing to cook for the home?

I do barely any cooking but I love the smell of Keir’s home cooked Spanish meatballs they are amazing