Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

Stand Up 4 Comedy is stand-up ensemble featuring Gavin Kelly, Mo Mothebe, Virgil Prins and Ebenheazer Dibakwane.

It was at last year’s Festival that the group first performed together. Since Prins’ last appearance, he has worked on his set and added new material. Embedded in Prins’ set are the day-to-day challenges that a young person faces. The up-and-coming comic jokes about leaving his call-centre job to do stand-up, his new relationship, and being broke.

Gavin Kelly also addresses financial difficulties. “People get upset when the price of petrol goes up – I get upset when the price of Oros goes up!” he says.

On this particular day, the show’s audience comprises of an older crowd, which poses a challenge. “Have you ever been broke, sir?” Prins asks a balding man in the front row. “No? Never? Well, I’m going to tell you this story anyways.” Prins chuckles.

It’s easy to be an audience member: the expectation is that the comedians make you laugh, catering to your sense of humour. For the comedian, the audience’s expectations can weigh heavily and as funny as you may be, there will always be some hits and misses.

What is admirable about these four is how honestly they handle the misses. When Ebenheazer Dibakwane’s Superman joke isn’t immediately understood, he says, “I’ll work on that joke until you’re laughing”. He continues to take a sip of water and garners a better reaction for his next joke about his friend, Javas.

Mo Mothebe, who also featured in The Very Big Comedy Show 3 on Thursday 9 July, brings to the crew his sharp wit. His area of expertise is making you see the funny in everyday things. His joke about the inappropriateness of naming a baby “John” had me laughing so hard I almost missed the follow one.

Guest comedian’s Tshekedi Monyemore’s hit is his joke about Nigerian Jesus, while George Kuda pokes fun at race-relations: “Apartheid was there but there was no load shedding.”

It is evident when I hear the sound technicians chuckling from the back of the Bowling Club, that these comedians have a knack for jokes their age-mates can relate to.

As a fan of stand-up comedy, I think this group are worth a watch. As they climb the comedy ladder, they’re bound to attract bigger audiences. And with the amount of work they put in, they deserve them.

Gorata Chengeta, Cue reporter

Ashley Searle and Nadine Theron in Bon Soir at the 2015 Natioal Arts Festival in Grahamstoen. A montage of brand new FollowSpot entertainment including all things dance, singing and booty shaking to wow the crowd.
(Photo: CuePix/sithasolwazi Kentane)

Bon Soir is a combination of dance, comedy, acting, singing and acrobatics. Think Moulin Rouge meets Madame Zingara. It is quality entertainment that has been put on by the famous Follow Spot Productions, with director Vanessa Harris.

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Mojela Theresa in the dance production Man Longing in Alec Mullins Hall venue in Grahamstown on 10 July 2015; at the 2015 National Arts Festival. Choreographed by Sunnboy Madla Motau , Man Longing uses dance and theatre to tell the story of the horrors of human trafficking. (Photo: CUEPIX/Niamh Walsh-Vorster)

Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) this year presents two works, Ngizwise and Man Longing, in a double bill that both delights and strikes terror in the hearts of its audience.

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Conrad Koch performs as Chester Missing in Missing at the National Arts Festival, in Grahamstown, 08 July 2015. The puppet performed to a full house. (Photo: CuePix/Tamani Chithambo)

“Cue are you here?” Chester bellowed from the stage, “You must give this a shit review,” he continued unapologetically. Cue the audience continuing the chorus of laughs they sang all night, and Conrad Koch urging his friends to calm down – as he had done all night.

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I don’t think I stopped laughing once during The Box Comedy. The quips aimed at audience members are hilarious and the improvisation is sharp and witty.

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Cue Student Reporter Kelly Frielinghaus filmed scenes from Don’t Burn Your Sausage which features Masterchef judge, Pete Goffe-Wood, and Masterchef: Celebrity winner and comedian Chris Forrest. After preparing each course live on stage, they offer tasters to the audience.

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Angel Campey performs in Yes Really, Angel, at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, 04 July 2015. This will be the show's final run at the National Arts Festival. (Photo: CuePix/Tamani Chithambo)

In a male-dominated industry, stand-up female comics are few and far between. However, the likes of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey have proved to be as equally good as their male counterparts at having the gift of the gab and have made progress into the acceptance of women in comedy.

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Andrew Laubscher and Sive Gubangxa in After Dark in the Groot Marico at the Glennie Hall venue in Grahamstown on 3 July 2015; at the 2015 National Arts Festival. The physical theatre adapts stories from South African author Herman Charles Bosman. A comedic aspect is added to the stories of the famous tales. (Photo: CUEPIX/Niamh Walsh-Vorster)

The seductive works of Herman Charles Bosman have provided rich material for theatre-makers. From Patrick Mynhardt and Percy Sieff’s Oom Schalk Lourens shows (their cudgels now taken up here at the Festival by David Muller) to Stephen Gray’s and Nicky Rebello’s dramatisations, to the radical physical theatre take on the Bosman stories by Tara Notcutt and her team. Mafeking Road was simply brilliant theatre, and a tough act to follow. In truth, while it has some delightful moments, After Dark in the Groot Marico doesn’t quite match up.

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We’ve all seen magic tricks performed with rope, sponge balls, and cards. Clowns at children’s parties usually use these tools, but it seems that Mawonga Gayiya, also known as Wonga Magic, knows something that they don’t. Gayiya manages to combine magic and stand-up comedy, making Astonish one for both children and adults. “If you don’t find me funny, hopefully you’ll at least enjoy the magic,” he jokes at the beginning of the show.

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Chris Forrest (left) and Pete Goffe-Wood (right) in the cooking comedy, Don’t Burn Your Sausage.
Photo: CuePix/Harold Gess

Comedian Chris Forrest and Celebrity Masterchef judge, Pete Goffe-Wood team up to create a delectable three course meal with a generous helping of adult humour leaving the audience in stiches.

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