Monday, October 24, 2011

The Day After

So last night was probably the most exciting night after my wedding night and the night my daughter was born. Clearly it ranked very high up there on the list of important moments in my life.

It was my first stand-up gig, and what an awesome event it was.
The line-up included Joey Rasdien, Conrad Koch, Deep Fried Man , Simmi Areff , Aasia Fredericks  (who for some reason thought I was a coloured dude from Cape Town ;) ) , Omer , Laz Gola who writes for Late Nite News on eTV and is also Loyiso Gola's brother, 2Dogs and finally myself.

With just over 1000 people, Deep Fried Man kept asking me why I looked so calm especially since this was going to be my debut performance. I guess I didn't get the memo on being nervous, but that guy is so cool and makes you feel so comfortable, all credit to him for making it as easy as it was.

The guys backstage were a really fun group, and it was nothing like I had imagined.
I expected everyone in their corners working on last-minute material changes and rehearsing their gigs.
Instead what I found was the most chilled group of comedians sipping on beverages and eating pies and samoosa's while chewing the fat about everything and anything.
I was the only guy who kept referring back to my cribs. I guess it just goes to show how professional these guys really are. They have entire sets just waiting to burst onto stage all memorized in their heads. WOW!

I was the warm-up act for Joey, and since he was the headline act and was coming on last, that meant I would be on just before him.
The moment of truth finally arrived.
The backstage door swung open....
The first thing that hit me were the lights...
Then my eyes gained focus and all I saw were faces... everywhere... starring at me!!
10 seconds later I had them laughing, and the rest as they say, is history!!

Pics to follow.

I had an amazing time, and I'll definitely be doing it again.
I'll be at Parkers Comedy Club in Monte Casino this coming Tuesday. Strike while the iron is hot, as the saying goes ;)

Lastly, huge shout out and thanks to Minhaj Jeena and Zakiyya Khan from Bright Sparks Learning Academy for the awesome opportunity. You guys rock!!

Here's hoping the Make Me Maaf Comedy Show is just the beginning of many good laughs to come.