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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODLAUGHS -

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-

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