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Robby Collins 'Iyeza Tour' Comedy Show now on Showmax


Robby Collins is best known for being Trevor Noah's opening act. His comedy is geared around storytelling and most of his bits come from real-life moments. While the intimate venue is comparable with sitting around a campfire, it doesn't do justice to the quality of the material. Only really geared to accommodate a small audience, it's the kind of venue where you may become self-conscious about your laugh. While small, he does manage to elicit many regular rounds of laughter and guffaws. It's tough when you are playing to so few people yet his opening act, while a little awkward, manages to get the ball rolling. It probably would have been a stronger move to edit it down to get to the main act a bit quicker but is still amusing and refreshing enough to set the scene.

Robby Colins Iyeza

Collins is a lanky fellow, who admittedly keeps getting cast as a coloured gangster. Known for being honest, this is definitely one of his cornerstones to his act, allowing the intimate setting to really give your sense of what it's all about. Talking about his career, his home life, dealing with crime and some of his overseas tours, he's a lover of life. Sitting down for the majority of the show, gives it the feeling of being a confessional with Collins being brutally honest about being booed off stage at OppiKoppi and late night e-tv.

He's a naturally funny guy who manages to get the audience in the palm of his hand. Standing up from time to time to emphasise key points and probably stretch its legs, it's quite amazing how quickly time goes in his company. Entertaining, funny, honest and enjoyable the show starts slowly, but really endears you to Collins. He's got fixed opinions about things but he's so open and honest that the trust connection is established quite quickly. It takes a while for you to figure him out and adjust to the format of comedy but he uses charm even in his ruggedness and doesn't pull punches.

Robby Collins is so comfortable on stage that his conversational approach makes you sometimes forget you're actually watching a show. Breaking that wall with the audience, it seems even more rewarding to be part of a smaller group listening in to his tales. You can imagine the comedian valuing every life experience and moment, seeing the potential for a new bit. Milking the funny from everyday events, trivial moments and even traumatic events, it's an exercise in self-deprecation and great comic relief in even the most trying situations.

It's a great attitude to have and this comics breezy vibe is quite contagious, making you want to hear more even after almost an hour. The venue could have been bigger with a bit more pizzazz but it really suits the style of comedy and perhaps that was intentional on the part of Collins.

 
Schalkie: Schalk Bezuidenhout's Comedy Show now on Showmax


Schalk Bezuidenhout is a local stand-up comedian who is instantly recognisable for his curly hair and moustache. Doing stand-up in English and Afrikaans, this show is mostly in English but centred around being Afrikaans and bilingual. Taken from the perspective of his school days and branching out into holidays and current news, this is a free-ranging comedy show simply titled Schalkie. As a comic, Bezuidenhout is known for being quite edgy and going where few comedians dare to go.

Picking on a few of his audience members, he pokes fun at the most taboo of topics. Ranging from favourite sex positions, "puzzles" and making some wild insinuations loaded with innuendo, his comedy ranges from sharp observations to pure awkward. Much like his own personal dress sense style, he makes a special focus when it comes to announcing the dress code for his audience. In this particular show he encouraged everyone to wear formal attire, picking on one or two audience members who didn't quite manage to live up to the dress code.

While trying to get people to don a bowtie, his outfit is more in line with something from Austin Powers, a useful reference point for his outrageous style of comedy. Sporting a light blue outfit with a frilly shirt, he also enjoys physical comedy at points, to emphasise some of the jokes with his surprisingly lithe movements. There is a spontaneity to his comedy as the stand-up fearlessly latches onto moments and runs with them. While not all of them work quite as well as you would hope, it adds to the occasion and the unexpected air of suspense around his performance. His crazy get up and style opens the door to just about any topic and Bezuidenhout toys with his audience, provoking them with commentary around their heritage and controversial issues of the day.

He's a natural born entertainer, holding the mic and remaining very comfortable even for this filmed performance. The venue is intimate, making the audience feel much more up close and personal with the stand-up who is able to roll with the punches and even improvise quite easily. He may not be on a big stage but keeps everyone's ears pricked waiting for the next howler or zinger. He could be a super villain but he's a stand-up comedian, aligning himself with the campy territory of The Wedding Singer with his retro, fun and zany bits. Bezuidenhout's editing is quite liberal, including a lot of material that he even said was going to be cut.

While a little rough around the edges, he has great stage presence and his fearless, devil-may-care attitude spurs on the evening. There are moments where it becomes so cringeworthy you can't imagine him taking another step... yet he does! His comedy style is comparable with a roast and while he makes some insightful observations, it's mostly geared around silly, in-your-face entertainment.

 
Bingeing with Spling - Join Our Watch Party


Spling has just launched Bingeing with Spling, a brand new watch party event in which Spling hosts a synchronised screening with interaction across social media channels. The first watch party event is around the Zachary Levi superhero comedy adventure, Shazam!, which is now available to stream Showmax. Having hosted a number of movie event gatherings and special pre-screenings including Ster-Kinekor Movie Buffs, Spling has a wealth of experience in organising these kind of events. During lockdown, he began focusing on movies available online and via streaming providers to give people reviews of films available to stream from the comfort of their home.

The Sunday night M-NET movie has become something of an institution in South Africa. On most Sundays, Twitter's social media feeds light up with people watching the film together. Spling took inspiration from this and from the growing prevalence of streaming as a primary source of entertainment, which prompted the concept behind Bingeing with Spling. Using his social media channels, Spling has been getting movie fans excited about the first event, which will be taking place on Friday, 24 April at 8pm.

Enjoying movie banter, prizes and having the best comments and tweets published in the round-up article on The Plum List, there are many reasons to get excited about what could become a much-anticipated monthly movie event. It's still early days yet but you can join the official Bingeing with Spling group on Facebook or simply become a fan of the facebook.com/SplingMovies page or follow @SplingMovies on Twitter to stay in the loop.

 
Manstruation: Surviving a Wife - Jason Goliath's Stand Up Comedy on Showmax


Jason Goliath is quickly becoming just that, one of South Africa's comedy giants. Together with his brothers, the trio have made a name for themselves on stage and behind-the-scenes. If there was a comedy mafia, you could argue that these guys are it... owning a comedy club, a restaurant and turning their entrepreneurial ventures into an empire. While they're all adept at commandeering a microphone whether serving as master of ceremonies, it's Jason who seems to be the leader of the pack. An authentic stage presence armed with a motormouth, he's large and in charge, able to get away with almost any chirp as witnessed in Manstruation: Surviving a Wife, directed by Muhammed Nadjee.

Jason Goliath Manstruation

A charming chap whose self-deprecation keeps him grounded and in touch with audiences, he's got to the point where he doesn't have to prove himself anymore. He's comfortable on stage, even if you get the opposite impression with him wiping sweat from his brow intermittently. Working from a simple set, he has a bar stool set up in front of two funny enlarged toilet signs representing the show's spicy title and battle of the sexes. Goliath is a man of the people, tapping into the local scene with vigor and totally owning his South African heritage, using slang and made up words to great effect.

Starting with a typical tease of the front row to warm things up and connect with his audience, he launches into a funny one man show about his love life, dating and marriage. It's typically crude at points as you'd expect taking the comedy to some places even Star Trek wouldn't go. His honesty and warmth is appreciated and comes through in his comedy, showing that while he's poking fun - he cares about people. This is expressed in the content itself as Goliath turns his show into something resembling a sermon with one audience member even chiming in with a "yes" that sounded more like an "amen" to emphasise this point. While it may have a message, it remains constantly entertaining and its educational undertones are substantial and something to appreciate.

Walking this fine line between gender politics and relational dynamics, Goliath makes his show more than just a comedy bit, giving the audience some opportunities for self-reflection but bringing it back to the laughs as he navigates relationships through comedy. Manstruation: Surviving a Wife is an enjoyable romp with a twist and demonstrates Goliath's control over the material. He never seems to be struggling for words and turns in a fun, funny and insightful show about modern relationships with a twinkle in his eye.

 
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