Tucker’s joke-filled tour makes its SA stop

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO - VA­LEN­CIA GOVIN­DASAMY

AC­TOR and co­me­dian Chris Tucker will make his way to South African stages as part of his in­ter­na­tional tour for his stand-up show.

Best known for play­ing the role of De­tec­tive James Carter in the Rush Hour films, Tucker will per­form in Cape Town, Dur­ban and Joburg in Novem­ber.

In an exclusive in­ter­view with In­de­pen­dent Me­dia this week, the Amer­i­can co­me­dian said he’s been to more than 14 coun­tries in Africa and he’s ex­cited to be com­ing back here.

Tucker’s first stand-up film, Chris Tucker Live was re­leased on Net­flix in 2015.

Speak­ing about what made him get back into stand-up, he said: “You know, I started out do­ing stand-up so it’s my foun­da­tion.

“It’s what helped me get to where I am to­day and get into films. And with movies, you get to act and play dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters and I al­ways put a lot of me in the char­ac­ters, but with stand-up, it’s real life. It’s all me.”

Asked what hap­pens if the au­di­ence doesn’t laugh or re­spond too well to his ma­te­rial, Tucker laughs: “Oh man, you keep go­ing and you just keep talk­ing.

You need to find some­thing that con­nects with the au­di­ence, keep search­ing. And I pre­pare ahead of time.” Com­edy aside, Tucker is a ded­i­cated hu­man­i­tar­ian in­volved in phil­an­thropic work through The Chris Tucker Foun­da­tion.

¡ He per­forms at GrandWest on Novem­ber 7. Tick­ets range from R345-R2 000 at Com­puticket.

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