Jaryd Pillay: Using comedy to tell stories

Jaryd Pillay stars in this one-man comedy show, Life of Pillay. Photo: Supplied

Actor, Comedian and MC Jaryd Pillay will be at the National Arts Festival from the 28th of June to the 3rd of July at the Bowling Club. His one-man show, Life of Pillay, promises to be relatable and unique, covering Jaryd’s experiences of cultural displacement, awkward race relations and identity crises.

Jaryd began his stand-up comedy career towards the end of high school and pursued live performance studies at AFDA’s Cape Town campus. “I love how relatable comedy is, I enjoy telling stories and knowing there are people who relate to my story,” he explains. Described by AFDA as a student on the move, Jaryd has performed at Rocking the Daisies in 2014 and 2016. He has more recently spent his time performing in the Western Cape and is now ready to showcase his skills to the National Arts Festival crowds.

The National Arts Festival is a great platform for all kinds of artists. It gives us an opportunity to polish our skills and I am excited about being able to perform continuously.

Considering the socially and politically charged time we live in, Jaryd promises to express his points of view, painting a picture of how he sees and experiences South Africa: “everyone has the right to be offended by what I say, but if one does feel offended, then it’s something to think about and maybe a start a discussion.”

By Karabo Baloyi