Comedy ROFL: Festival’s biggest comedy line-up delivers

ROFL: Festival’s biggest comedy line-up delivers

You know you’re in the right place when Rob van Vuuren is the safest comedian in the house.

Rob van Vuuren performs in The Very Big Comedy Show on 9 July 2015 at the National Arts Festival.  Van Vuuren performed alongside other well-known South African comedians.  (Photo: CuePix/ Amanda Horsfield)

Rob van Vuuren performs in The Very Big Comedy Show on 9 July 2015 at the National Arts Festival. Van Vuuren performed alongside other well-known South African comedians. (Photo: CuePix/ Amanda Horsfield)

The most dangerous he gets is a conversation between his balls and his penis about the scary airplane toilet flushing noise. The comedian formerly known as Twakkie is a great advert for studying drama at Rhodes. And it’s not just that he can walk funny and say “verily” in a posh- Shakespearian accent. His routines are the most physical, the most spontaneous, and he interacts with the audience more effectively than the rest of His cast.

His cast? Yes, it’s very clearly His show and He gets as much airtime as the rest of the comedians put together. But this year, his cast is not overshadowed, which it was last year. No doubt, it is the best Very Big Comedy Show I’ve ever seen since last year’s Festival. It’s a pity the Very Big Comedy Show comes
towards the end of Festival. After seeing them, I’d pay to see every one of the acts on stage: Angel
Campey, Stuart Taylor, Sne Dladla, Conrad Koch, Loyiso Madinga and Donovan Goliath.

In fact, Cue is offering a bottle of cheap bubbly to anyone who can prove they’ve been to all their shows. [Not really– Eds] Racial stereotypes are big again this year, beating gender by a long way. They’re so big that’s just about all there is. I’m not complaining. They were funny; really funny. Comedians don’t invent stereotypes, for God’s sake, they just take the piss out of them. We wouldn’t laugh if those stereotypes didn’t already exist in us. But giving a stand-up comedian ten minutes on the stage is just cruel. For all of us: for the comedian, the audience, and the next comedian waiting in the wings.

“I just feel like John is not an appropriate name for babies” Loyisa Madinga, blurted out randomly, in the middle of his set. In what was one of the nights highlight performances. Along with the Rob van Vuuren’s hosting skills, the audience was kept thoroughly in stitches from start to finish.

Steve Kromberg
Cue specialist writer

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