Last chance for teaching antics

2016-02-09 06:00
Dalin Oliver relives his teaching days in his one-man comedy show at the Baxter.  PHOTO: Rizqua Barnes Richards

Dalin Oliver relives his teaching days in his one-man comedy show at the Baxter. PHOTO: Rizqua Barnes Richards

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Local comedian Dalin Oliver is giving local audiences one last chance to see his successful one-man show I came, I taught, I left, before he takes the production to other cities.

As a sports presenter on Good Hope FM by day and a comedian by night, Dalin’s career took an interesting turn before arriving on the entertainment stage.

I came, I taught, I left is a recollection of his experiences as a student, and later, as a teacher, the profession he originally set out to master.

While his foray into teaching was short, the classroom turned out to be a spring of content for his first production.

Although he performed I came, I taught, I left, directed by Stuart Taylor, at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown before, he only brought the show to Cape Town for the first time in September last year.

His run at the Baxter’s Golden Arrow Studio was so successful that Dalin decided he’d need to make another turn on the Baxter stage. In fact, the show sold out before opening night already.

“It’s very humbling,” he says, adding: “It’s a cool thing to be received so nicely by a home crowd.”

Dalin says he found his shows very interactive, but has been working on keeping the interaction with his crowd without compromising the running time of the show.

“For me it was about making it a tight product and leaving it at the punchline.”

Dalin will be back at the Baxter from Monday 22 February to Saturday 5 March. And if all goes according to plan, the show will be filmed for a live DVD.

From there he’ll take the show to Port Elizabeth, back to Grahamstown, and perhaps to Johannesburg.

“Joburg’s a bit of a beast when it comes to how to get an audience to a venue,” he says.

Movie debutIn between all this, Dalin is also preparing for his big-screen debut alongside acting veteran Neels van Jaarsveld and his comedy mentor Stuart in Finders Keepers. Set to be released in June, Dalin was quietly working on the local comedy last year.

Finders Keepers is an action comedy that’s based on friendship, supposed friendship, betrayal, love and, eventually, happiness,” he explains.

“I’m excited about it, but also nervous.”

He met director Maynaard Kraak in Grahamstown during the first run of his show in 2014, and although he found the script funny, he recalls reminding Maynaard: “You know I’m not an actor, hey?”

A few crash courses in on-screen acting later, Dalin was on set, playing a lead role.

“Whether any of that helped at all, I have no idea.”

While each character in the film has his own story, Dalin plays a “socially awkward” character, who he says is pretty much an overstatement of himself.

“He just wants people to love him, but he’s genuine.”

One part of the script he found rather amusing was a scene in which his character Lonnie gets mugged and has to run naked through the park . . . until he realised that would mean him running naked.

“I thought: ‘This is out of my comfort zone completely.’”

In the end it turned out fine and Dalin says there’s no real nudity and lots of “nice comedy” in the scene, so he felt completely comfortable.

“That’s going to be fun once it releases,” he says of the film.

Dalin also recently performed on a Good Hope FM cruise on the MSC Symphonia and was a host at the at the J&B Met’s public village earlier this month.

He hopes to have a brand new show to bring to stage next year, but for now, Capetonians can catch I came, I taught, I left one last time at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from Monday 22 February to Saturday 5 March. V Tickets are available at Computicket. Visit to stay up to date with Dalin and his comedy.

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