Comics help make Knysna shuckle
More than 200 people attended the Comedy Chuckle at Mitchell's Brewery on Thursday night 5 July, in a sold-out show and a highlight of this year's Knysna Oyster Festival.
Introduced as “comedic heavyweights”, the quartet of Yaseen Barnes, Kagiso Mokgadi, Carl Weber and Dalin Oliver pulled no punches in serving multitudes of hilarious one-liners, witty comebacks and all-round thigh-slappers.
Eyeing a predominantly white audience, Mokgadi quipped, “I see all you black people, all four of you,” before proceeding with some light-hearted jokes regarding an issue making national headlines – land expropriation without compensation.
“We thought we'd leave Knysna for the white people after the fires. But it seems everything has recovered now, and everything is green, everything is serene. I can see myself living here,” he smirked, much to the amusement of a chuckling crowd.
Needless to say, it was the front row that bore the brunt of personal jokes. Individuals named Vaughn and Michael were subject to some pretty darn straight-up insults, which was hilarious, to say the least.
Also amusing, especially to locals, was a joke directed at former mayor Eleanore BouwSpies along the lines of getting people to pay for her meals – all the sweeter due to the fact that Mokgadi was obviously blissfully ignorant of local politics in town.
Barnes lived up to his reputation as prince of the one-liners, and his passion for pun had everyone thinking twice before letting loose a few giggles.
“As a Muslim, I don't think of myself as an extremist,” he said. “I'm more of a light fog,” and he reiterated the words “extreme mist”.
Oliver then took the stage before headline act Carl Weber had the audience rolling with laughter over jokes about Cape Town, white girls wearing K-Way jackets and water scarcity.
Guests were treated to a memorable night of entertainment and laughter, and got a chance later on to mingle with the comedians and a take a picture.
Sue Brehm enjoys some laughs with Yaseen Barnes, Kagiso Mokgadi, Carl Weber and Dalin Oliver.