Ri­aad Moosa brings comedic reper­toire with ‘Life Be­gins!’


CHATSWORTH and Phoenix are in line for an in­jec­tion of funny when pop­u­lar co­me­dian Ri­aad Moosa, aka the “com­edy doc­tor”, tours the com­mu­ni­ties soon. Get­ting older is no joke but Moosa said he has found the lighter side of things in his hit one-man show, Life Be­gins!

He brings this show, for the first time, to Phoenix and Chatsworth on Novem­ber 16 and 17. In an in­ter­view with POST, Moosa said he loved per­form­ing to Durban au­di­ences: “They’re very sup­port­ive, fam­i­ly­ori­en­tated and very ready to have fun!”

Longevity in com­edy is no easy feat, espe­cially be­ing able to hold on to your con­nec­tion with your au­di­ence.

Moosa said he be­lieved there are some as­pects to com­edy that are im­por­tant to keep, in or­der to hold on to this re­la­tion­ship with your au­di­ence. “I get very per­sonal with my jokes. I find that the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence is very sim­i­lar. If I keep the sub­ject mat­ter real, it tends to res­onate with peo­ple.”

In Life Be­gins!, Moosa un­packs whether life re­ally does be­gin at 40, with the show of­fer­ing a “snapshot” into his life and be­ing a dad of four chil­dren, a hus­band, a co­me­dian and an ac­tor – in the con­text of the cur­rent cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal dy­nam­ics.

“Even though I am now 40, in many ways, I feel like I’m still crawl­ing and I’m look­ing back at my jour­ney from be­ing an as­pi­ra­tional doc­tor, com­ing from a rel­a­tively con­ser­va­tive Mus­lim back­ground, where both my par­ents were doc­tors, and how I ac­tu­ally jour­neyed to be­com­ing a stand-up co­me­dian,” said Moosa.

“The show is very philo­soph­i­cal and ex­is­ten­tial. It in­volves the nor­mal is­sues of get­ting older, while at the same time ex­pe­ri­enc­ing – at a ma­tu­rity where I’m sup­posed to be wise – a world that is com­pletely turned on its head.

“And it’s about how I ne­go­ti­ate all these things hap­pen­ing around me, while try­ing to main­tain a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. Through my comedic lens, I hope to put a dif­fer­ent spin on that and hope­fully my next 40 years will be lived with re­newed vigour and ex­cite­ment,” he said.

The show has had a packed out house wher­ever it has staged on its na­tional tour.

“There are al­ways new jokes that I add on, based on what’s hap­pen­ing in my life or the world at the time. Also, when I im­pro­vise with the au­di­ence, it’s al­ways dif­fer­ent – but es­sen­tially it’s the same show,” said Moosa.

• Shows take place on Novem­ber 16, at Stan­more Re­gional Hall, Phoenix; and on Novem­ber 17, at Ra­jput Hall in Arena Park, Chatsworth. Both shows start at 8pm. Tick­ets are R100 at Com­puticket and Maharaj’s Prayer Goods (Gem City).


The Doc is in: Catch award-win­ning co­me­dian, Ri­aad Moosa in Chatsworth and Phoenix soon!

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