Eish, couldn’t resist…hahahaa….lame aker?
Anyway, on Saturday my friend Nipha and I, braved the Joburg cold and set off to go see Eugene Khoza‘s long overdue one-man show, Never Ready at The Lyric theatre by Goldreef City. For the first time I was the first to arrive and SHE WAS LATE. But as you know comedians and African time, we made it into the cinema just in time…by that I mean in the middle of the opening act’s set.
The opening act was alright shem. I remember laughing but can’t recall any of his jokes. His name’s Glen Biderman-Pam (@GlenBidermanPam) and I think he has future in stand-up comedy shem.
I personally had my reservations about Eugene to be quite honest; it must have been all those irritating Nedbank ads he’s been running with over the past few years. But then I remembered the a few years ago when I went to see his one man show, Khoza Can I had similar sentiments only to be shocked by his great performance. Guess I’m a hater…ah there you go Eugene, you have a voluntary hater.
On Saturday though, he came out guns blazing. Jokes that particularly stood out the most for me were when he picked on ugly people; his mother’s humble gloating about his achievements to her haters back in Soshanguve…when he started parroting her, there was a sense of I-can-sssso-relate throughout the audience…I haven’t met his mom, but through the whole act I could visualize her.
But the ultimate killer of the night was the Boko Haram and TB Joshua jokes. I won’t go into details nor spoil this for those of you who are yet to see the Never Ready show, but I really appreciated his bravery on tapping into these two points of daily discussions other comics have been reluctant to take a stab at.
On a scale of 1-10 I’d definitely rate Never Ready show a staggering 9.5. On a real. I just saw him tweet that he’s in Pretoria on the 27th and I’m thinking of “taking my husband with” this time around.
Note to other comics: Sometimes taking some time off stage isn’t such a bad thing.