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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.