Anger as comedian suddenly leaves stage

2009-12-17 00:00

ABOUT 2 000 people who paid to watch Muthu Murugan, a stand-up comedian from Durban, perform live with his band at the Raisethorpe Carnival 2009 show on Tuesday went “crazy” after he allegedly left the stage and took off without notifying them.

Hillary Rajah, who is the show co-ordinator, said Murugan told him that the reason he stopped performing was that there was a technical problem with the sound system.

Rajah had to refund show-goers because they were angry and disappointed and he had to beg them to come back for the last show, he told The Witness yesterday.

“Murugan was supposed to perform from 8 pm till midnight. He wasted two hours just checking if everything was in order and then finally when he decided to start performing at around 10 pm, he just jumped off the stage after 15 minutes, leaving the crowd just like that and drove to Durban,” said Rajah.

The carnival started on Friday last week and Murugan was set to entertain the audience on Tuesday night.

Rajah said Murugan charged R17 500 to perform.

“We paid him the full amount. How can he say that there was something wrong with the sound system? He was not the only one who performed,” said Rajah.

Rajah said they had chosen Murugan because he is one of the best stand-up comedians and they have used him before.

“What he required was there, but he just chose to humiliate and degrade our promotion,” he said.

The sound technician, Dionne Naidoo, said he is still shocked at the way Murugan behaved. “I have been a sound engineer for many years and I have done over 65 different bands, so it is not true that the fault was with the sound system,” said Naidoo.

Rajah said he will not let Murugan get away with what he did.

“We have spoken to our attorneys and we are definitely going to take legal action against him and we are never going to use him again.”

When The Witness spoke to Murugan, he said he left because of the sound problem and disorganised programme.

“Their equipment wasn’t right to live up to the band. I was also frustrated because I had a crew of 25 artists with me. Their sound system was totally poor and they couldn’t even set the microphone right and adjust their monitor.

“It is not true that I didn’t want to perform because I would never have wasted my time. I also asked their sound engineer if there was a problem and he said ‘yes’, so I wasn’t going to tolerate that … If they want a refund, they should come and negotiate with me,” he said.


It is not true that I didn’t want to perform because I would never have wasted my time. stand-up comedian Muthu Murugan

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