Se­ri­ously, try to keep a straight face…

Funny man Nik Rabi­nowitz has a brand new show

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tions and noth­ing hap­pened, noth­ing.”

But it’s all dif­fer­ent here. The bulk of his act is gleaned from news sto­ries. He has to keep his mouth on the pulse of cur­rent af­fairs for his Fri­day morn­ing ra­dio slot on Cape Talk and 702 (avail­able on www.pod702.co.za/pod­cast/be­stofre di). This is a tough gig as there is no au­di­ence feed­back. Still it keeps him on his toes as he has to work hard to keep his ma­te­rial fresh. The best rou­tines from his ra­dio shows will be used in You Can’t be Se­ri­ous, to­gether with ma­te­rial he has writ­ten es­pe­cially for the show. There is also ma­te­rial which he has gleaned from an event­ful year of per­form­ing around the coun­try, in London and in Aus­tralia.

Prior to the World Cup, Rabi­nowitz was part of the Ba­funny Ba­funny com­edy team which played at the Royal Al­bert Hall in London. They daz­zled nostal­gic ex­pats who couldn’t be here for the soc­cer. Then, Ba­funny Ba­funny played to sold-out houses in Cape Town, Joburg and Dur­ban. Af­ter the World Cup, they reprised the show in all three cen­tres. Dur­ing the soc­cer Rabi­nowitz whizzed off to London for three days to shoot an episode of the English TV se­ries Mock the Weak. In this satir­i­cal news show, teams talk about pol­i­tics, and they have weekly guest comics. Rabi­nowitz gave his in­put on the soc­cer and other hap­pen­ings.

Ba­funny Ba­fun­nied out, Rabi­nowitz got away for a surf­ing break in Bali with some bud­dies. His wife and baby stayed home so he also got some sleep. Then came the tour to Oz with Lot­ter­ing and Moosa and af­ter that an­other sea­son of his pre- vi­ous solo show uNik at The Lib­erty The­atre on the Square in Sand­ton.

As for the new year, Rabi­nowitz is work­ing on a film project and live show with Ri­aad Moosa, who has cooked up the tagline “Say No To Pork” which they hope to get go­ing soon. Rabi­nowitz is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor of voices for pup­pets for www.zanews.co.za and is in de­mand for cor­po­rate and other events. He doesn’t men­tion it at our in­ter­view, but he has do­nated his tak­ings from two shows to char­ity.

Read­ers should also note that the Bax­ter’s Golden Ar­row Stu­dio has just 172 seats. If you want to see this su­perb stand-up comic, you should book now. When You Can’t be Se­ri­ous fin­ishes on Jan­uary 8, Rabi­nowitz and wife Debbi are plan­ning to go to Kenya on hol­i­day.

The show is 70 min­utes long and not rec­om­mended for chil­dren un­der 14. No per­for mances on De­cem­ber 25, Jan­uary 1 and Jan­uary 6. There is a spe­cial New Year’s Eve per­for­mance (De­cem­ber 31) at 9.30pm. All other show starts at 8.15pm. Tick­ets R100-R120 and R170 for New Year’s Eve. Tick­ets from Com­puticket on 083 915 8000.

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