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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.