IF THE approaching end of year has you feeling stressed out, you can laugh off all your worries with Nik Rabinowitz, who opens his new show, You Can’t Be Serious at the Baxter’s Golden Arrow Studio from Wednesday until January 8. It is directed by Brent Palmer.
The show was inspired by his mother-in-law, Lily Becker, says Rabinowitz. Nope, this is not a mother-in-law joke. When Rabinowitz chirps on about things like owners of cart horses are required by law to display yellow licence plates on their perdewaentjies (they are) or about the plans to build a South African spaceship (true), she invariably chides “Nik, Nik, no – you can’t be serious.” Generally, he is very serious. We live in a country which coughs up a steady stream of the strange, bizarre – and true.
He thanks his lucky comedy stars that he doesn’t live in Australia, where nothing much happens. Rabinowitz, who toured there in August with Marc Lottering and Riaad Moosa playing to expat SA audiences, quips that when he was there the big news story was that a duck got run over in Perth. An Aussie stand-up comic could have a field day with that one, he says. “He could say: ‘Maw – did you hear about the duck which was run over’, and for the punch line, she would say – ‘yeahhhh’.” He adds: “I was in Australia during their elec-