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.”
For the performance on New Year’s