It’s Okay

Fun­ny­men David Kau and Mark Banks are dish­ing out the laughs on new chat show It’s Okay We’re Fam­ily.

TV Plus (South Africa) - - IN THIS ISSUE - Sea­son 1 Fri­days (from 7 July) SABC3 (*193) 19:30 It’s Okay We’re Fam­ily

Co­me­dian David Kau is do­ing se­ri­ous work in his new talk­show It’s Okay We’re Fam­ily (2017- cur­rent). It’s a mock­u­men­tary-style va­ri­ety se­ries where he in­ter­views lo­cal celebs for a movie that he wants to do. His couch in­ter­views are in­ter­rupted though by his fake dad and sis­ter (Mark Banks and Natasha Tha­bane) and there’s no short­age of fun, ex­plain David and Mark.

How was the show pitched? David: [Laughs] As it is – a sit­com talk­show about David Kau try­ing to make a movie, invit­ing the peo­ple he needs to make it. But with the small prob­lem of work­ing from home – his adop­tive Jewish fa­ther and sis­ter are liv­ing with him and try to take over his movie. Talk­shows are a mil­lion miles away from com­edy – so why now? David: Almost ev­ery talk­show in the world is hosted by a co­me­dian. SA is one of the few where it isn’t be­cause our com­edy in­dus­try is still very young. Mark: David’s ac­tu­ally been work­ing on it for a long time. He’s very in touch! What’s scarier: a stand-up crowd or TV? Both: TV! [Laughs] Mark: The fact that mil­lions watch it! David: It’s not scary as such, but tele­vi­sion makes you a lit­tle ner­vous be­cause you have no idea if peo­ple are going to like it, which means weeks of anx­i­ety. With stand-up, you know right away. How much in­put do you have with scripts? David: I’ve writ­ten five movies with one of the show’s writ­ers, so she’s very close to what I would want to write. We try what they write but there is space on the set for im­prov, which is great. Mark: We were given quite a lot of free reign on what we did and said, which was fan­tas­tic. What was film­ing like – it must’ve been full of laughs and jok­ing around? David: We shot for almost all of May, start­ing with an episode a day and going through to three episodes a day. Mark: It was tight but we had fun and we got peo­ple from a com­pletely dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives, com­edy wise. And who were your favourite guests? David: I was starstruck with Shaleen Surtie-Richards and I loved peo­ple I’ve ad­mired like Ha­keem Kae Kasim. Mark: The Go­liaths, Ri­aad Moosa… We have some amaz­ing sur­prises.

David Kau and Mark Banks are adding a touch of hu­mour to the world of talk­shows.

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