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Despite the laughs, The Sober Companion is serious business for creator Trevor Gumbi. Season 1 Mondays SABC3 (*193) 21:00
Comedian and actor Trevor Gumbi is the sober companion, advisor, fixer and shoulder to cry on in 13-episode dramedy The Sober Companion (2016- current). And it’s something close to his heart, as the show is loosely based on Trevor’s life and his struggle overcoming addiction to cocaine a few years ago. We got the 35-year- old to lift the lid on his role, as well as how he keeps things fresh and relatable for the audience.
Why make a show about addiction? I’ve been putting it together for a long time and things fell into place with writer and actress Tiffany [Barbuzano who plays Dr Grace]. Each episode correlates [to one of] the 12 steps that drug and alcohol addicts experience in rehabilitation. The 13th episode, well, that’s a surprise. And the reason I created The Sober Companion was because I was addicted to cocaine and I took the steps to get clean in 2012. The show sort of depicts my journey towards recovery. Was it a therapeutic experience? It was therapeutic. I found a sense of closure while doing it; it wasn’t difficult. Thinking of the addiction and trying to get into the headspace of the addiction made me learn more about myself. What do you hope your audience will learn?