Monday morning survival guide

2010-11-22 00:00

HE has guest-starred on the South African soapie Scandal, he writes for the Late Night News with Loyiso Gola and he is currently the opening act for Trevor Noah. His name? Robby Collins.

His first public appearance was for a youth programme at the Catalina Theatre (Durban). It was love at first applause.

“I just got that acting bug that every­body talks about,” said Collins.

A huge fan of the comedy legend Richard Pryor, Collins had always wanted to enter the world of comedy and in September 2008, his time came.

“I wanted to do what I love. If I had to earn a teacher’s salary doing comedy, I would be happy. I just want to be me and would rather fail being me then succeed being someone I’m not.”

He attributes his attraction to the art of stand-up to Pryor’s amazing skill with a mic and is also influenced by comedian Dave Chapelle.

“I’ll never stop doing stand-up. If I didn’t do it, I would need some serious help.”

Monday Morning Survival Guide?

Playing a N. E. R. D album.

When I was a kid …

I wanted to play for Manchester United. Now that’s a joke in itself.

What’s life like to you?

I guess it’s one big class where sometimes you fail and sometimes you pass. But the plan is to make sure that when that home-time bell rings, you leave there with something for them to remember you by.

Most useless advice ever given to you?

Get a matric.

The strangest thing that you have seen?

I saw a priest chase a hobo out of the church after he had said that we are all God’s children.

JHB is like …

the New York of Africa with Atlas security.

Things that people from your culture could be famous for?

Jazzing. Coloured people love to jazz. I once saw a couple jazz to 50cent’s 21 Questions in a club.

Also rollers. I was raised in a house full of women and on the last day of the holidays every single one of them had rollers in their hair. Our house looked like a Latino salon.

Any childhood moments that sparked the person that you are today?

Growing up with four other siblings. It makes a big difference and teaches you how to treat other people.

The strangest thing about humanity is ...

the maldistribution of wealth. Some people are soooooo rich that they don’t even need the money and others are sooooo poor. Why can’t we just balance it out?

What’s your favourite household chore?

Sweeping.

What did the Afro say to the hair relaxant?

This thing burns.

Worst stand-up moment?

Hahahahaha. I’ve had many. But the worst was having people just stare at me. I wasn’t even worth a boo from them.

The craziest thing that you have ever done to try to make some money?

I might just get arrested for telling you that.

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