Nik stands up for com­edy

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

TRI-LIN­GUAL mo­tor­mouth Nik Rabi­nowitz is much like the Maria the nuns in The Sound of Mu­sic sang about: “How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?”

He sat down for a chat with The Good Weekend this week, slightly dis­tracted, and an­swered ques­tions in his ex­pected man­ner: that it’s-soob­vi­ous-it’s-funny way.

He’s in for a long haul at the Bax­ter The­atre. His new show, ti­tled Stand Up, opened this week and runs un­til Jan­uary 11.

He was last there with Stand and De­liver dur­ing De­cem­ber 2011 and Jan­uary last year.

The ra­dio and stage funny man has new life ex­pe­ri­ence to draw on. He is a fa­ther to two sons, Ben, 4, and Adam, 19.

Rabi­nowitz’s an­swers sound ob­vi­ous but cryptic at the same time. We asked him about why he had re­turned to the Bax­ter for a long sea­son.

“It’s am­ne­sia. I for­got how long it was. I only re­mem­ber the good parts of per­form­ing for a long time. They also said I have to. I need to be in close prox­im­ity to Marc Lot­ter­ing (who is per­form­ing in Scrooge over this pe­riod). He stocks his dress­ing room with good s***, Johnny Walker Blue,” he says.

A pre­view of Stand Up showed him touch­ing on his par­ent­ing, some­thing I would love to see more of, over po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary.

“New stuff has hap­pened. The kids are older. As par­ents, you age ex­po­nen­tially. I started pre­par­ing this show a lit­tle ear­lier, I started in May. I’m a lot more con­fi­dent with the ma­te­rial. I hope it is on another level from my pre­vi­ous one.”

How­ever, Rabi­nowitz is not a stick­ler for scripts. At the pre­view, he lo­cated a group of el­derly peo­ple from Sea Point in the au­di­ence. He let rip.

“It de­pends on who is in front of me. Au­di­ence mem­bers can be the per­fect fod­der for mess­ing with. I am ex­plor­ing im­pro­vis­ing a lit­tle more. It’s ex­cit­ing to see what hap­pens… with an old-age home, they are prob­a­bly half-deaf and would have to trans­late my jokes to each other. That is pretty work­able.”

You would think that a long run show like this might keep him away from his loved ones; Rabi­nowitz thinks oth­er­wise.

“This keeps me with my fam­ily more. I would nor­mally be trav­el­ling more. It is just a cou­ple of hours in the evening, it doesn’t feel that busy.”

Rabi­nowitz is reg­u­larly heard on his Fri­day morn­ing ra­dio slot on 567 CapeTalk, The Week That Wasn’t. This can be chal­leng­ing for a stand- up, need­ing to have fresh ma­te­rial for broad­cast ev­ery week.

“Com­edy on ra­dio is dif­fer­ent to hav­ing a live au­di­ence. The ma­te­rial is more po­lit­i­cal and satir­i­cal in na­ture. I have taken ra­dio stuff and work­shopped it for stand- up. CapeTalk’s lis­ten­er­ship is very tuned-in. In a the­atre I use broad brush strokes.”

Last week, he had to share his ra­dio slot with Pi­eter-Dirk Uys.

“Mak­ing Pi­eter-Dirk Uys laugh is ter­ri­fy­ing. I was seven when I was do­ing Pi­eter-Dirk Uys im­per­son­ations.”

The celebrity fun doesn’t stop there, though. Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille usu­ally comes to his show open­ing and Western Cape pre­mier He­len Zille has been known to at­tend, too.

He is con­sid­er­ing do­ing praise singing for De Lille as an Afrikaans rap­per.

“Patty is gevaar­lik, Patty is woes,” he teased (“Patty is dan­ger­ous, Patty is an­gry”).

● Stand Up is at the Bax­ter Con­cert Hall Tues­days to Fri­days at 8.30pm and Satur­days at 9pm. His New Year’s Eve show will start at 10pm. Tick­ets cost from R130 to R150 and the New Year’s Eve show costs R210.

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