CHIT CHAT: Kurt Schoonraad

2010-05-07 12:50

Kurt… is big on family. My goose and I have an eight-month-old

baby named Jack. He’s truly beautiful but I still can’t believe I have a child!

Comedy… is honest, real and ­uncomplicated. It is not about looking into a

joke book, but getting content from the right source. And a lot of South African

problems are the right source.

Joburg people… are really great and I had no idea. I work here

regularly, but I had never got the chance to soak in the culture and atmosphere.

Here it is not about colour; it’s about the number of tenders you’ve been


The City of Gold… creeped me out for a long time because I had a

life-threatening experience here about six years ago. I was staying in Westdene

with a bunch of guys from Cape Town when we were attacked. They took all our

belongings and ­assaulted us. I thought I was ­going to die.

Going Nowhere Slowly… gave me an opportunity as a young comedian

starting out. The show was unscripted and I was ­involved in it for almost five


Stand-up comedy… has always been my first career choice. I had a

small business but I left it. Live comedy is great because you can do it on any

medium and you only have one chance at it.

Jou Ma Se Comedy Club… is a comedy joint that I run and it has

formed an important part of how comedy is done in Cape Town. It’s a great

platform for comedians from all over the country to present their material and

over the years people such as Nik Rabinowitz and Ndumiso Lindi had a shot at the

club. We continuously give young up-coming acts an opportunity to work with some

of the best comedians in the country.

Spiders and Mayonnaise… is a one-man show; an autobiographical

piece about my thoughts and ideas on living in our country. The name includes

two of my pet hates. I have a primal fear of spiders. As for mayonnaise, as soon

as you open the jar lid I want to vomit.

My top 3… local ­comedians are Riaad Moosa, he carefully sculpts

his jokes and is flawless in delivering them. John ­Vlismas has an amazing

comedy mind. He’s young but has the experience of a veteran. He’s performed more

gigs than any other local stand-up. Dave Levinsohn is a comedy genius who never

­repeats the same set twice.

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