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2018-12-13 06:02
Nik Rabinowitz

Nik Rabinowitz

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“Since you are already fans or coming to watch the show, please bring your friends or family members who are not fans to the show.” Is this statement confusing or amusing?

To many it might not be surprising that this is how Nik Rabinowitz, a local comedian, pleads for support for his show taking place at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch from Tuesday 18 December to Saturday 18 January. “These are the people I really need to reach since you’re already sold.”

Rabinowitz is from Constantia and comedy has made him.

Now a father himself, he says he started filling venues with giggles from the age of 13.

“I was just a boy; I got up at a Sabbath dinner and told a story. People laughed, and I felt love and adoration, and the rest is over-compensating history,” he recalls.

He says that over the years, the industry has changed drastically and has developed to a point where it is “just old enough so you can actually aspire to do comedy for a living, and just new enough that you can still break new ground and make an impact.”

In order for him to remain relevant, he says he continuously writes new material every year and learns from fresh talents.

“I also connect with younger acts – this is a two-way street where I can give them an opportunity and I can be exposed to their way of thinking and seeing the world.”

He also draws inspiration from his love of travelling the country and making new “weird” friends in new “weird” towns.

Amidst his performance schedule, Rabinowitz says he finds pleasure in acting as an MC at charity events twice a month.

His greatest achievements so far have been performing internationally, including at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and being featured on UK TV show Mock the Week.

“And most recently being interviewed by my children who somehow managed to get a talk show before me. I’m so proud of them and so disappointed in myself,” he jokingly says.

This festive season, Rabinowitz returns to The Baxter, a home to his shows for many years, to perform in Dry White, in which he says he explores Cape Town’s water crisis. V Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za. For discounted school or group bookings, fundraisers or charities, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or sharon.­ward@uct.ac.za, or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@­uct.ac.za.

“Since you are already fans or coming to watch the show, please bring your friends or family members who are not fans to the show.” Is this statement confusing or amusing?

To many it might not be surprising that this is how Nik Rabinowitz, a local comedian, pleads for support for his show taking place at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch from Tuesday 18 December to Saturday 18 January. “These are the people I really need to reach since you’re already sold.”

Rabinowitz is from Constantia and comedy has made him.

Now a father himself, he says he started filling venues with giggles from the age of 13.

“I was just a boy; I got up at a Sabbath dinner and told a story. People laughed, and I felt love and adoration, and the rest is over-compensating history,” he recalls.

He says that over the years the industry has changed drastically and has developed to a point where it is “just old enough so you can actually aspire to do comedy for a living, and just new enough that you can still break new ground and make an impact.”

In order for him to remain relevant, he says he continuously writes new material every year and learns from fresh talents. “I also connect with younger acts – this is a two-way street where I can give them an opportunity and I can be exposed to their way of thinking and seeing the world.”

He also draws inspiration from his love of travelling the country and making new “weird” friends in new “weird” towns.

Amidst his performance schedule, Rabinowitz says he finds pleasure in acting as an MC at charity events twice a month.

His greatest achievements so far have been performing internationally, including at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and being featured on UK TV show Mock the Week.

“And most recently being interviewed by my children who somehow managed to get a talk show before me. I’m so proud of them and so disappointed in myself,” he jokingly says.

This festive season, Rabinowitz returns to The Baxter, a home to his shows for many years, to perform in Dry White, in which he says he explores Cape Town’s water crisis. “Because the water crisis seems to have subsided (has it? Nobody really knows), I have been forced to talk about a whole bunch of other stuff too like love, marriage, infidelity, transphobia, staying woke post 40, and when The Land should be given back.”V Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za. For discounted school or group bookings, fundraisers or charities, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or sharon.­ward@uct.ac.za, or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@­uct.ac.za.

“Since you are already fans or coming to watch the show, please bring your friends or family members who are not fans to the show.” Is this statement confusing or amusing?

To many it might not be surprising that this is how Nik Rabinowitz, a local comedian, pleads for support for his show taking place at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch from Tuesday 18 December to Saturday 18 January. “These are the people I really need to reach since you’re already sold.”

Rabinowitz is from Constantia and comedy has made him.

Now a father himself, he says he started filling venues with giggles from the age of 13.

“I was just a boy; I got up at a Sabbath dinner and told a story. People laughed, and I felt love and adoration, and the rest is over-compensating history,” he recalls.

He says that over the years the industry has changed drastically and has developed to a point where it is “just old enough so you can actually aspire to do comedy for a living, and just new enough that you can still break new ground and make an impact.”

In order for him to remain relevant, he says he continuously writes new material every year and learns from fresh talents. “I also connect with younger acts – this is a two-way street where I can give them an opportunity and I can be exposed to their way of thinking and seeing the world.”

He also draws inspiration from his love of travelling the country and making new “weird” friends in new “weird” towns.

Amidst his performance schedule, Rabinowitz says he finds pleasure in acting as an MC at charity events twice a month.

His greatest achievements so far have been performing internationally, including at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and being featured on UK TV show Mock the Week.

“And most recently being interviewed by my children who somehow managed to get a talk show before me. I’m so proud of them and so disappointed in myself,” he jokingly says.

This festive season, Rabinowitz returns to The Baxter, a home to his shows for many years, to perform in Dry White, in which he says he explores Cape Town’s water crisis. “Because the water crisis seems to have subsided (has it? Nobody really knows), I have been forced to talk about a whole bunch of other stuff too like love, marriage, infidelity, transphobia, staying woke post 40, and when The Land should be given back.”V Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za. For discounted school or group bookings, fundraisers or charities, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or sharon.­ward@uct.ac.za, or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@­uct.ac.za.

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