KZN’s clean comedian

2014-07-23 00:00

COMEDIAN Carvin H. Goldstone not only does not do drugs, but he doesn’t do effs, bees, cees or dees either.

It all began in the newsrooms of a Durban newspaper where Goldstone began impersonating everyday news characters, celebrities and politicians.

He was also the avid office prankster and after a while his colleagues urged him to try out stand-up. And, in 2006 he decided to enter the Madras Masala comedy competition at Sibaya Casino.

Goldstone walked on stage to face his biggest audience yet, “I looked on to the crowd and there were only Indians,” he says.

Intimidated by the lack of diversity, but driven with his heartiness and whimsicality, his anti-awkward, feel-good comedy saw him walk away as the winner, voted for by the audience.

And that was when the gigs kept rolling in. “I was only doing comedy for two [to] three months and I was doing gigs with guys like Loyiso Gola,” he says.

Despite this he felt unsatisfied with the ill-mannered content constantly surrounding him in the comedy world, and chose to leave.

But his talent could not be forgotten and people urged him to go back. In 2008 he finally agreed and performed with Trevor Noah, Roni Modimola and Koobeshan Naidoo in Wow Comedy Jams. He premiered his first solo show, No Swearing, in 2011 and his second, iBruin o, in 2012, becoming one of the only local acts to sell out the 1 200-seater Playhouse Opera Theatre.

Goldstone has been a journalist for 10 years now and is a reporter for e.tv. On handling his comedy career on the side, he says: “I work day and night.”

He’s also a family man, and has managed to mix work with pleasure, always bringing his wife and five-year-old son, Jakin, to his shows.

His shows are completely family friendly and exclude all sexual innuendo and vulgarity that would make it too awkward to watch with your parents. “There’s just so much to talk about without swearing.” Not swearing is not an issue for Goldstone, it is just inherently who he is.

“You don’t want to make the audience feel uncomfortable, I feel very privileged to perform to a crowd where a grandmother, mother and grandchild are all sitting next to each other.”

Despite performing around the country, KwaZulu-Natal is home to the comedian and where he is happiest performing.

With a Zulu father and Indian mother, he instils his diverse heritage into his performances. “All these elements make it unique to KZN and it’s where I find my best audiences”.

His new show, Coloured President, debuts at The Playhouse in Durban on Friday, July 25.

Goldstone has stayed away from politics in past performances as he found it clichéd, but in his new show he introduces fans to a country run free of Mondays and diplomatic issues, and where the president’s cars are City Golfs — a coloured president, of course.

Tickets for the show can be booked at Computicket.

• To keep in touch with Carvin Goldstone, check out his Facebook page: Carvin-H-Goldstone-the-Comedian or follow him on Twitter @carvingoldstone

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