Adri­aan is mak­ing a date with laugh­ter

The Sunday Independent - - News - AMANDA MALIBA Dat­ing Life

AL­FRED Adri­aan will try to cap­ture his dat­ing life from when he was in his 20s in an up­com­ing com­edy called at Mon­te­casino later this month.

Adri­aan’s show will be about the pe­riod when he started dat­ing with more in­tent un­til he even­tu­ally found the one.

“It (the show) is not only about the dat­ing life, but about me dat­ing life lit­er­ally.

“It is a very re­la­tion­ship-themed show but also has my story since my move from the small town of Hankey to do­ing stand-up com­edy,” said the 36-year-old.

Us­ing so much of his ex­pe­ri­ences, Adri­aan be­lieves that with stand-up com­edy the best ma­te­rial comes from au­then­tic events and that is how peo­ple con­nect.

“In this line of work you have to be hon­est, oth­er­wise peo­ple don’t con­nect to it. My com­edy, ob­vi­ously with some cre­ative li­cence, is based on my life.

“I can only man­age to make things funny that are in­her­ently true. So that is why it is so hon­est and that makes it good.”

Adri­aan was born and raised in Hankey, com­pleted his BCom and worked in the mar­ket­ing in­dus­try for a decade.

But with the clock tick­ing, he made the big jump into com­edy firstly as a hobby un­til humour took over his life, leav­ing him with no choice but to pick one love. And com­edy won.

“With my par­ents I had to ex­plain my rea­sons, es­pe­cially with my father. As a coloured boy from a mid­dle-class fam­ily who has made it and fi­nally got a de­gree and a job with a med­i­cal aid, it was quite dif­fi­cult to tell them, ‘Hey, Daddy, I am done now’,” he says in be­tween laugh­ter.

“But my jump wasn’t all at one go. I would do stand-up in the even­ings and be back at my day job for three years un­til the right time came,” he adds.

“And be­cause I love my cur­rent ca­reer so much, I have worked at it ev­ery day and that is the rea­son why peo­ple have been so sup­port­ive. I have man­aged to de­liver qual­ity all the time.”

A great deal of care and time went into put­ting to­gether his up­com­ing show.

This show will set the foun­da­tion for many other shows to come as he looks to grow and ex­plore the world while mak­ing peo­ple laugh.

“I’m quite happy with how things in my ca­reer are at the mo­ment. Peo­ple pay at­ten­tion to me and are will­ing to pay to watch the show. That is a very big deal for me.

“I do have as­pi­ra­tions to travel a lit­tle more with the abil­ity I’ve got. In the next five to six years I’m look­ing to per­form in other mar­kets around the world and abroad,” he says.

Co­me­dian Al­fred Adri­aan will be stag­ing his com­edy show, ti­tled Dat­ing Life, at Mon­te­casino later this month.

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