Comedian Alfred brings it home

2015-08-26 06:00
Alfred Adriaan. 

Alfred Adriaan. Photo: SUPPLIED

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HE has been performing alongside the créme de la créme of South African comedians, but he is terrified of performing in front of his home crowd this weekend.

“I perform in front of hundreds of strangers every night with no problem, but when I think about being in front of my home crowd I am very nervous – because these are the people that know me.”

Alfred Adriaan (33), up and coming stand-up comedian, was born and bred in Hankey and completed his schooling at Andrew Rabie High School in Port Elizabeth.

He will be performing with the Goliath andamp; Goliath collective in the Aweh Mzansi comedy tour at the Boardwalk this weekend. Aweh Mzansi features Adriaan, Jason Goliath, Donovan Goliath, Nicholas Goliath, Richelieu Beaunoir and Glen Biderman-Pam.

“I think most people who knew me back then will be surprised to see that I am into stand-up comedy. I was quite a serious youngster – very focused on school work, so people will probably be wondering, ‘Can Alfred be funny?’” he said, laughing.

He is currently the opening act for Mass Hysteria running at Monte Casino in Johannesburg, where he shares the stage with the likes of comedy heavyweights Marc Lottering and John Vlismas.

He hasn’t always been into comedy and it was only in his 20s when he attended a show of Marc Lottering that his interest was sparked. “I remember sitting there watching him, how he walked onto stage, the way he interacted with the audience and thought to myself: ‘I can do this’.”

His breakthrough came after he decided he was going to be stand-up comedian and walked into a comedy club, asking for a spot to perform. “They told me I had to wait three months to get a spot, so I decided to go there everyday and wait. So after three weeks they gave me a spot.”

Alfred has also dabbled in acting, and was seen in the recent kykNet film Hospitaal op Horings; has done a skit on Late Nite With Loyiso Gola;

and appeared in a cellphone advert.

Although comedy is his first love, he still has a day job - as a marketing professional with an automotive company in Johannesburg.

Aweh Mzansi will be staged at the Boardwalk Ampitheatre on August 28 and 29 at 8pm. Tickets range from R100 to R150. Bookings at Computicket

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