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Face for Radio - Dalin Oliver's Stand Up Comedy on Showmax


Dalin Oliver has been told he looks like Vin Diesel from The Fast and the Furious and Simon Helberg, better known as Howard Wolowitz from the hit TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. Although he looks like they were both his father... making him the perfect combination of action and comedy. The Good Hope FM sports presenter has picked up the microphone and become a stand up. A charming and cheerful character, whose facial features make him stand out, he grew up in Cape Town's southern suburbs going to South Peninsula school before Wynberg Boys. His second stand up show Face for Radio is directed by Stuart Taylor and grapples with his personal experiences and growing pains.

Dalin Oliver - Face for Radio

Taking place at Grand West's intimate Hanover Street Night Club, the show has a classic stand up comedy stage feel. Set against the theatre's red curtains, it's a little anonymous but works as a stripped down bit. Oliver has a few props, but it would have enhanced the show's production value if he'd had some decals or even a reworking of the show's billboard.

While he leverages his face as part of the act, using it as a running joke through his childhood as kids would hurl insults, it's a biographical stand up show. Talking about his school experiences, growing up in Retreat, Face for Radio has a very local-is-lekker approach. It's mostly aimed at locals who grew up with similar family dynamics and traditions, using nostalgia, inside jokes and references to house shops, local slang and pop culture. The feeling isn't exclusive, since most of the bits are broad enough to understand, but you could feel somewhat alienated being in the audience if you didn't know the words to popular songs or catchphrases. It's more of an educational stand up show for those outside the circle of experience, but one that's delivered with such infectious enthusiasm it still remains entertaining and funny.

Dalin Oliver is an entertainer and seems to enjoy every moment. His writing is intimate, warm and he pokes fun without having to resort to coarse language. While he's speaking to a specific audience, his show has some good laughs for everyone and remains amusing even when he's talking about insider elements such as Cracker Snacks and "being French" in Retreat. You can watch Face for Radio now on Showmax.