Seriously, try to keep a straight face…
Funny man Nik Rabinowitz has a brand new show
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.