Adriaan is making a date with laughter
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.