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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFOR A LAUGH -

LAST year, Joburg-based comic Tats Nkonzo opened for Nik Rabi­nowitz dur­ing the fi­nal week of his solo show You Can’t Be Se­ri­ous at the Bax­ter.

It was a huge suc­cess and Rabi­nowitz has asked him back to open for his new show, Stand and De­liver. It is on in the Bax­ter Con­cert Hall un­til Jan­uary 14.

Stand and De­liver marks Rabi­nowitz’s 10th an­niver­sary in the stand-up in­dus­try. The hugely pop­u­lar Nkonzo, 26, is a rel­a­tive new­comer but one who has had some­thing of a me­te­oric rise.

He was a fi­nal­ist in the Nando’s Com­edy Show­down 2010 and voted best new act, Rock­ing the Gar­dens, 2010. The list goes on, with rave no­tices and blue-chip gigs such as open­ing for Loyiso Gola at the 1 800 seat Teatro at Mon­te­casino for Gola’s show, Life and Times.

Nkonzo is a stand-up who can sing and play gui­tar and it makes for a great mix of en­ter­tain­ing com­edy.

Brent Palmer who is di­rect­ing the show, ex­plains that each night Nkonzo opens for Rabi­nowitz with 12 to 15 min­utes of comedic songs and stand-up. Af­ter his set he in­tro­duces Rabi­nowitz, who does any­thing from 65 to 75 min­utes. Shows may dif­fer from night to night. This is why many peo­ple see the show more than once.

For Stand up and De­liver, both co­me­di­ans are do­ing new ma­te­rial for the most part. They are also toss­ing in fan favourites.

Rabi­nowitz says: “Most of the show is new ma­te­rial but there will be some old clas­sics at times… Like Malema at a rally or a Steve Hofmeyr con­cert.”

What about surf­ing? The pub­lic­ity pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial shows him on his surf board (a rel­a­tively new pas­time that he is dilly about) but don’t ex­pect him to come on stage in a teeny-weeny speedo.

“While the poster might make it seem that the show is about me surf­ing in my un­der­pants, I as­sure you, it has noth­ing to do with surf­ing. I al­most never go out in just my un­der­pants. The mar­ket­ing guys said I needed some­thing eye catch­ing, so that’s why I went with that.”

Nkonzo also goes with the undies metaphor when asked about his rou­tines. “Yes, I change ma­te­rial ev­ery day. My wife hates it when I wear the same undies three times in a row.”

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