Jason Goliath’s new comedy show “Manstruation: Surviving a Wife”

I attended the media launch of Jason Goliath’s new one-man show, called “MANSTRUATION: Surviving a Wife” on 1 October. The show is on from 2 to 12 October 2019 at the Auto and General Theatre on The Square at Sandton City, Johannesburg.

Jason is one of the very few comedians fondly known for getting away with making audiences laugh at life’s uncomfortable truths. Now having married the love of his life, audiences can prepare themselves for brutally honest and uncomfortable truths around relationships and a whole lot of laughter!

MANSTRUATION is a perfect night out. Whether you are in a short-term or long-term relationship, engaged, married, divorced or single, the show is a must see. Not only does he talk about what he has learned as a married man of 8 months, Jason also weaves in little nuggets of knowledge that he has picked up from strangers at car washes, about the sanctity of marriage.

Jason promises that his show it is not a story about the battle of the sexes. The very construct of the show is unbiased as it makes light of either side in the Jason Goliath way – hilarious and thought provoking. His authenticity and energetic personality will win you over and more than likely, leave you gaping at a thought, then immediately breaking into raucous laughter.

The content of the show talks to various types of relationships, but also the various stages of relationships, the relationships one should stay in and relationships one should get out of.

What should audiences expect? I thought the show was 90 minutes of humourous advice about how to love and treat your partner. It started out with a fair amount of toilet humour but quickly picks up to the more “serious” side of things when Jason starts to talk about marriage and the beauty of relationships.

“After leaving my show, I want people to better understand their situation and start thinking about what they want and where they are going. I want people in amazing relationships to “get out of their own way”. More often we take things too seriously, we have become too sensitive, we over-analyse and have become so selfish. My show offers a deeper understanding and a solution in the way I know best – being funny”.

 

Ticket Price:           R150 via Computicket

Venue:                    Auto and General Theatre on The Square, Sandton City

Dates:                     2-12 October 2019

Rock of Ages at Montecasino’s Teatro

I first saw “Rock of Ages” (the movie starring Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx) back in 2012. The second time was at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City about 3 years ago. Now, Broadway’s smash hit musical, Rock of Ages is set to rock Montecasino’s Teatro for the first time from Thursday, 26 September to Sunday, 20 October 2019.

This jukebox musical features 28 classic rock songs from the 1980s including hits “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “The Final Countdown”, “Here I Go Again” and many more. As the humorous high-energy storyline unfolds, the audience takes a journey back to a colourful era, while singing-a-long to rock anthems that come alive on stage. Rock of Ages is a feel-good stage production where audiences are rocking in their seats at every performance.

Tickets are on sale at Montecasino.co.za and Computicket.

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Decade Festival featuring Robin S, Crystal Waters, Black Box, Boom Shaka & MarcAlex

I’m a child of the 1980’s and spent the greater part of my teenage years in the 1990s, listening to the artists featured in the Decade Festival.

I remember dancing to “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” by Crystal Waters, “Show me Love” by Robin S  and “Ride on Time” by Black Box.

Here are the music videos to jog your memory:

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Bianca Del Rio’s “It’s Jester Joke” 2019 Tour

Comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio is heading back to Africa by popular demand.

Following her sell-out South African dates last year, the Queen of Mean has announced that she will be returning to Cape Town and Johannesburg in August 2019 with her brand new comedy show ‘It’s Jester Joke’.

On her most ambitious world solo drag show to date, the self-proclaimed ‘Clown in a Gown’ tells tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life. Irreverent to the core and fabulously fierce, Bianca’s no-holds-barred style of comedy will once again shock and delight audiences. With her acerbic wit, a ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ manner and hilarious views on everything from politics to family, social media and all that lies in between, Bianca Del Rio has garnered a massive international following and has become one the biggest drag superstars in the world today.

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Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

 

Get ready to enter a winter wonderland as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring the most magical moments from across the Disney kingdom to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and, for the very first time, Pretoria as Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival skates into South Africa this year.

Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc and brought to South Africa by leading local promoter, Showtime Management, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival opens in Pretoria for the very first time on Friday, 14 June 2019 at Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine for a limited season, including the public holiday on Monday, 17 June 2019.  Thereafter Disney On Ice returns to the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg from 22 to 30 June.  The production then moves to Durban’s ICC Arena from Wednesday, 3 July to Sunday, 7 July and on to GrandWest, Cape Town from Wednesday, 10 July to Sunday, 14 July 2019.  Tickets are only available from Computicket, the official Disney On Ice ticketing agent.

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Mark Banks on Ice! (Random Acts of Comedy)

Mark Banks has come out of hibernation to bring you his new One Man stand-up show called Mark Banks On Ice! Some nights, the Russian All-Star Mints will make a guest appearance.

This year, Mark is turning sixty and would love you to come celebrate his birthday with him in what is his favourite way to celebrate: You staring at him longingly and laughing as he talks non-stop for over an hour without anyone talking back to him.

In this completely new show, he will discuss all the things you’ve been thinking about – extreme Jo’burg security measures, Elon Musk’s plans for world domination, running into people from your high school who haven’t died yet and coping with life in general!

In Mark Banks on Ice, Mark will amaze you with jokes while “jete-ing” across the stage. He will wow you with his intellect while pirouetting on one toe. He will stun you with moves that don’t even have a name in French.

Will there be characters? Yes. Will there be plot twists? Definitely. Will there be ice? Hard to say.

Tickets are available from the Box Office at Montecasino and Computicket.

Tickets range from R130 – R180.

Show runs from 5 – 30 June 2019.

Wednesday – Saturday at 20h00, Saturday Matinee at 16:00 and Sunday Matinee at 15:00.

Mark Banks On Ice! @ The Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino.

 

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Mother’s Day Concert at the Joburg Zoo

In case it has slipped your mind, this Sunday, 12 May, is Mother’s Day. Got nothing planned yet? How about listening to some of South Africa’s top musicians, all while taking in the beautiful surroundings at the Joburg Zoo, at this year’s 30th Mother’s Day Concert.

Over the years, the Mother’s Day Concert at the Zoo has become a hot item on Johannesburg’s events calendar and is attended by over 10 000 visitors.

Against the beautiful backdrop of the zoo, in a serene setting, families from all over Johannesburg can enjoy South Africa’s top and international acclaimed leading musicians live on stage – the sensational Mafikizolo, the incredible GoodLuck music band and the captivating singer-songwriter, Msaki. Dynamic Afro pop duo, Mafikizolo is an award-winning music group that’s behind favourite hits, like Khona and classics, Udakwa Njalo and Ndihamba Nawe. Electronic wizards, GoodLuck will entertain crowds with all-time favourites, including Back in the Day and Thinking About You. Msaki is sure to mesmerize visitors with her soulful sounds and smooth voice.

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Married…But Not To Each Other (New Comedy Show)

Tumi Morake and Ndumiso Lindi

Marriage is much like a road trip with its ups and downs (and potholes along the way) and Ndumiso Lindi and Tumi Morake are no strangers to the concept!  Back by popular demand, Ndumiso and Tumi are hitting the road again with their hilarious stand-up comedy show, Married…But Not To Each Other.  It’s not a show just about marriage, it’s about the world that these marriages have to survive in.

The comedy duo will be opening the 2019 season on the 24th of May at the Soweto Theatre, 1st of June at the Flamingo Casino in Kimberley and the 8th of June at PACOFS in Bloemfontein – with additional dates to follow.  The show has already seen successful runs in Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mafikeng, Botswana, Port Elizabeth, Krugersdorp, Durban, Secunda and Nelspruit.

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John Vlismas in “The End”

John Vlismas has poked fun at most of the dark horses in our collective mental stable. He has touched racism on its studio, wrapped his tongue around the human brain, and even goosed God as they passed each other in the passage. 2018 was a tough year for John Vlismas, as he lost one of his favourite human beings on Earth. Loss is a theme most of us don’t see as one to write a new hour of comedy about – but John isn’t most of us.

“The End” is by far his most personal, raw, dark and deeply funny show. He will take you into the psychology of death, illustrate the lengths we will go to, to pretend it won’t happen and finally take you to the site of his beloved Dad’s last breath. You may think John Vlismas is a mad man, but he proves in this show that he is determined to go right into the darkness of the human condition and find humour deep inside – where nothing is supposed to be funny.

“I’ve always said that the best comedy is horror’s neighbour. Safe comedy is offensive to me – like alcohol free beer. The ultimate horror is our own death, mostly because we have grandiose ideas of self as a species. If there is a heaven, why are funerals possibly sad? Because deep down, we all know that it’s The End.”

Tickets are available from the Box Office at Montecasino and Computicket.

Tickets range from R130 – R180.

The show runs from 24th April – 02nd June 2019, Wednesday – Saturday at 20h00, Saturday Matinee at 16:00 and Sunday Matinee at 15:00.

John Vlismas in “The End ” @ The Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino.

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Chicago The Musical

A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin surrounded by the razzle dazzle of the world’s sexiest musical soon returns to the stage in Cape Town and Johannesburg! You’ve got it comin’ as the story of the award-winning Broadway and West End musical CHICAGO unfolds to show-stopping songs including ‘All that Jazz’, ‘Cell Block Tango’ and ‘Mister Cellophane’.

The multi-talented all-South African touring cast, band and crew began rehearsals in Johannesburg in August 2018  ahead of an international year-long tour that began in New Zealand.  First stop was Auckland, followed by Wellington where audiences were dazzled and critics raved. “Corruption, greed and murder comes to the capital courtesy of world class CHICAGO” says StuffNZ while Diversions summed up the show: “A killer chorus, exceptional choreography, razzle, dazzle and all that jazz”  are just two of many glowing reviews.  In October the show moved to China, opening at the Grand Theatre in Chongqing. Three more engagements followed in October before opening in Beijing in November; Guangzhou in December and Shanghai in December 2018 and January 2019.

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