I was one of a select few media, who was invited to a preview of Comedian Robby Collins‘ one man show called “Son of Carol” a few days ago. In case you didn’t know, the Goliath and Goliath Comedy Club now also has an additional venue in Braamfontein, in Johannesburg, downstairs at the Bannister Hotel, and this was the venue for the showcase.
I had previously seen Robby in action, at the Goliath and Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch, so I knew a little of what to expect. His uniqueness lies in the fact that he is a Coloured comedian from Durban, and tells stories that all working class people can relate to. From high school heartbreak, to being the opening act for Trevor Noah, to controversial topics such as attempted suicide, he puts an irreverent spin on everything.
It was in 2014 when he performed his first one-man show, ‘That Bushman’s Crazy’. After finding success across the country, the show won the Standard Bank Ovation Award at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival during that year.
Mirroring the success of his previous one-man tour, ‘Son of Carol’ has already enjoyed sold out status in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Nelspruit. The show is a hilarious introspection of a young man who is finding his place in this world and finding the ‘funny’ in all the crazy situations that a young comedian encounter.
The Emmy nominated comedian possesses a high level of integrity, delivers comedy content solely based on honesty. He is the kind of comedian that seeks the ‘funny’ in experiences that are usually deemed painful.
Robby is the only comedian to have opened for Trevor Noah on all his one-man shows from Day Walker (2010) to Nationwild (2014) and Pay Back The Funny (2017), performing to sold out audiences on the biggest stages in South Africa.
Comedy powerhouses such as Marc Lottering, Eugene Khoza, John Vlismas and Kagiso Lediga have all called on him to be their opening act. Frequent appearances at prime events such as Blacks Only, Kings and Queens of Comedy and Comedy Central Live at Parkers, culminated in the 2013 debut of Robby’s very first one-man show.
Having performed internationally on comedy stages in Australia, Canada, Switzerland and the US, Robby affirms that the room space of The Goliath Comedy Club – Braamfontein on 9 de Beer Street is ideal, based on this particular international standard.
The Goliath Comedy Club – Braamfontein is a newly renovated space that is located on the lower level of the Bannister Hotel. The venue seats up to 100 guests in cinema style, giving The Goliath Comedy Club – Braamfontein a ‘New York’ underground comedy room look and feel, which ultimately satisfies Robby’s preference of performing intimate comedy. The stage set will bring to life a living room of a true Coloured working class home and in the infamous Robby Collins style, each night will end off with an after-party with a few high profile surprise entertainment acts.
Tickets for ‘Son of Carol’ are available at R100 per person. Tickets can be purchased online via www.goliathcomedyclub.com or at the door.
29 and 30 November 2017 at 8pm
1 and 2 December 2017 at 8pm