Local celebs bond with their moms in SA comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout's new podcast Your Mom with Schalk

Schalk Bezuidenhout
Schalk Bezuidenhout
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  • Schalk Bezuidenhout has launched a new podcast in which he interviews local celebrities and their mothers.
  • In the first episode, released Monday, Schalk sits down with Jack Parow and his mom, Tannie Ronelle.
  • The trio discuss everything from swearing to using psychedelic drugs.

South Africa's favourite lockdown comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout has launched a new podcast in which he interviews local celebrities and their mothers.

By inviting celebrities and their mothers to sit in front of the mic, Bezuidenhout puts his own unique spin on a genre that has become increasingly popular in the last decade: The celebrity podcast.

"I didn't want to do a podcast where I interview celebrities; I mean, let's face it, everyone and their mother, excuse the pun, has a podcast where they interview celebrities. So, on this show, I don't speak to the celebrities directly but rather about the celebrities through the people that know them better than anyone, which is, of course, their mothers!"
-- Schalk Bezuidenhout explains the concept of his new podcast

"In fact," he continues, "the guest of honour is always the moms. The celebrities are really only there to fact-check."

In the first episode of Your Mom with Schalk, released Monday, Bezuidenhout sits down with Jack Parow and his mom, Tannie Ronelle. Listeners will hear first-hand what Tannie Ronelle thinks about the life of her world-famous rapper son.

Spoiler alert! She is an open-minded woman, and through her stories about raising the boy who would become Jack Parow, it becomes clear that both the rapper and all his fans owe Tannie Ronelle a great deal.

When the topic of swearing comes up, Tannie Ronelle says, "I hardly hear it," before sharing her "favourite" bad words. 

She adds, "He got that from me, so how can I tell him not to say it."

When asked if there is one thing that her son does that she doesn't like or approve of, Tannie Ronelle reveals, "Tattoos."

"You know, my children. Dit is nou regtig die einde (That is really the end)," she says, adding, "You know what. If he is a grandfather, look what he looks like."

"I'm going to look great. I'm going to look entertaining," Jack Parow chirps.

Elsewhere in the podcast, Jack Parow opens up about experimenting with psychedelic drugs, specifically mushrooms. 

In 2021, Jack Parow, real name Zander Tyler, went to the Knysna Forest to fight his personal demons. There he spent time at a retreat that offers psychedelic microdosing as a form of therapy in a controlled environment. 

Upon his return, the rapper celebrated his 40th birthday by announcing his new albumDie Evangelie van Goeie Tye (The Gospel of Good Times). He has since released a new single on the 22nd of every month, leading up to the full-length album's release on 22 February 2023.

Listen to the full episode HERE

New episodes of Your Mom with Schalk are released every Monday morning and can be heard on all podcast streaming platforms. 

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