What is Voksbesit all about?
It’s not really about anything. I always explain to people, stand up is not like a movie or a piece of theatre that has a storyline and that’s about one thing, you know. It’s not something like titanic that you can say it about a boat, and then everyone dies. Comedians talk about a range of things. Some comedians do have more of a theme to their show, I don’t really like doing that so much, I think it could get very boring to go watch a comedian when he’s talking about the same thing for an hour.
It’s everything, from a bit of politics and what’s happening in the news, to personal stories and relationships, to mocking celebs. It has everything. I definitely think people will not get bored.
What is your favourite part of performing the show?
I haven’t done Voksbesit that many times, I’ve done it probably between five and ten times by now, so when you do a show that much, you really get to know where the big laughs are and what parts people really enjoy. So, I think my favourite part of the show is when you are building up to that part and you actually get excited because you know that the audience has no clue what’s about to come their way, and you know they’re going to enjoy it. Sometimes I get that sort of childlike excitement, going “Oh my word, you guys have no idea what I’m about to hit you with”. So, ja, that’s pretty rad.
You are performing the same show three nights on a row. How do you keep it interesting for yourself?
I think that’s the beautiful thing about stand-up. I mean I can mix it up any way I want. If one night I decide I don’t want to do this joke, then I don’t have to. If something happens on the day, then I can work it into the show. It’s not like theatre, because I’m an actor as well, in theatre you can’t one night decide to mix it up and now you’re surprising your fellow actor with something that you’ve never done. But stand up, it’s you talking. I never find any show to be the same, but obviously there is a large amount of the same material that you kind of have to deliver in order for the joke to work. As long as the audience is loving it, I’m also loving it. This is the last time for Pretoria people to see the show this year, I won’t be doing it again this year. I’m not a comedian that does the same show for four years, I move on to new material because I want to keep delivering fresh stuff to audiences.
You have said that the Atterbury Theatre is one of your favourite places to perform. Why is that?
The Atterbury is one of my favourite places. Firstly, I think it’s a beautiful theatre, it’s a really lovely theatre, and in terms of the layout, [it is] so lekker for stand up because it’s actually quite big at 380 seats, but it has a sort of intimacy, which is what you want for stand-up.It’s got that sort of intimate feel but without it being 80 seats in a small room.
Also, I’ve realised in doing one man shows, that people want to make it a whole night out, so they want to have dinner before, and a drink before, and a drink after, Atterbury totally caters for that. There’s lots of little restaurants outside to choose from, lots of cool places in the area, there’s a lovely bar, and the foyer is really beautiful so it’s a nice place for people to chill afterwards. Atterbury is more than just a place to go and watch a show, it’s a night out.
What lies ahead for you after your last performance of Voksbesit in Pretoria?
It’s definitely not the end of Voksbesit, I’m still doing it a few more times at a few arts festivals, Innibos, Vryfees. I also have an English show, Jersey Boy, that I’ll be touring a bit later in the year. In terms of Voksbesit Pretoria, it’ll be the last time that Voksbesit is in Pretoria. I mean Pretoria is more of an Afrikaans place, places like Menlopark, Lynwood and Atterbury do have more Afrikaans shows. I think Pretoria audeinces would rather watch me in Afrikaans that in English. [After this] I guess it’s to start writing a new show, which is always very daunting, but lekker.
What is the secret behind your magnificent afro?
Literally just good old-fashioned TLC. Look at your afro every day, tell it that its beautiful, tell it that you love it, tell it that’s magnificent. Don’t put too much pressure on it. Some days it’s not going to be the best it can be, but what it needs then is not criticism from you, but rather just even more love and support.