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by Cheryl Goodenough
 

What can people expect from your performances in Australia?

Nik: Obviously audience members will smuggle in the odd vuvuzela, so you can expect a fairly rowdy show. Also, being African there is no guarantee we won't attempt a land invasion of the Theatres. Once we are settled in nicely we will nationalise Ayer's Rock. Mostly they can expect to split their sides laughing. Or pee in their pants laughing, which would be less painful, but as embarrassing.

Riaad: They can expect laughter and mirth and a little taste of home.

Are your Australian performances targeted at expats, or would Australians also find something at which to laugh?

Nik: I think about half the show will be targeted at expats, but, of course, we will do some platypus jokes for the locals. (For the Aussie readers, Julius Malema is our proudly South African version of the platypus).

Riaad: It'll depend who's in the audience. If there are more Australians, I'll do more universal material otherwise I'll do the South African material. I would personally like to perform at some of the Australian comedy clubs while we are in Oz — I'm excited about that.

Do South Africans easily laugh at themselves?

Nik: We laugh easily. But we could moer you just as easily afterwards (when we work out the punchline). By the way, moer means bliksem. Bliksem means klap. And klap is what you could get if you sleep around. Get my point?

Riaad: Yes. Stand-up comedy in South Africa has gone though a major boom in past few years.

Are South Africans living overseas any different?

Nik: No, they still love a good braai, even if it must be a shrimp on the barbie.

Riaad: I'll let you know when I perform for them.

What makes you laugh?

Nik: My seven month old son.

Riaad: My children. Their honesty is hilarious. I don't generally laugh at stand-up comedy because I am a professional stand-up comic. When I hear a funny joke I usually go "that's funny".

What performers have influenced you most?

Nik: Jacob Zuma and George W Bush.

Riaad: Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld.

What have been some of the best moments in your career so far?

Nik: This year's highlights have been performing at the Royal Albert Hall and on UK TV series 'Mock the Week'. Previous highlights included winning SA Comic of the year in 2008 and performing for three men and a dog under a tree in Botrivier in 2002.
Riaad: Performing in Oz is going to be one of them.

 
 
 
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Posted by Cheryl Goodenough
10 Aug 2010



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