So I have been Gigging my little jewish buns off trying to crack this industry and make it my bitch but I thought I would give you an update of how they have been going.
My Jet – A Comedy Night so Hot – Burn Foundation of SA
This show was one I was excited for but at the same time disgustingly nervous for, a KILLER Line up was in store for the night with Vittorio Leonardi, Mel Miller, Chris Forrest, Trevor Gumi and Mpho Pops on the bill I was clearly the youngster, and the room was semi full so the pressure was mounting not to mention it was for a cause and I had only ever done bar shows for bar reasons never for the cause of something important and it changes your entire approach
Being Mpho Pops room he was the host. All I want to say is Mpho had my attention from word one till the very last. The man has insane talent and backs it up with great comedy, quick and too the point he delivered joke after joke to great reception and with the crowd won over quickly he brought out Chris to a warm applause and I have seen a lot of Chris in recent history and he delivered as he always does. While watching Chris banter with an idiot in the 1st row and him not losing a beat of rhythm or comic timing. This is when Mpho told me I would no longer be on after Chris rather I would perform 1st after the break. I graciously accepted and took a seat among the crowd to get a better idea of what the vibe was like.
As I sat down Mpho came back on and delivered very relatable material of a local topic before bringing out a Classic in Mel Miller. Mel never disappoints and you can have nothing but respect as he has kept his material sharp and his delivery just flows like a man with tons of stage experience, noticeable when dealing with the loud drunk women in the front, putting her in place. No questions asked/
Mel ended and we went straight into the break. During the break it seemed as if 1/3 of the people who came out, had come out to watch Mel and were now leaving and I find it easier the more the people. But maybe it was just my nerves talking.
Mpho came out and did a quick 5 minutes not nearly setting the up as much as before, it must be because the night was dragging a little. SO I took to the stage, and it was a very hit then miss show, my self deprecating jokes went over but my dark observations of my family I just didnt deliver with the oomph it deserves or the finesse for it. So I went for new lighter stuff and again hit and miss ,ainly because I kept tongue tying myself. I finished with my usual sports bit to a semi warm reception and inside I knew it had been just ok, which if you know me is not good enough in the slightest.
I came off to Vittorio giving me some well needed advice and I gladly listen as I knew it wasnt a great show and these guys have been doing it for years.
Mpho introduced Vittorio quickly as he was eager to end the night with the crowd getting a little restless. Vittorio is also one of my favorites, a nerd in some ways but an amazing observational comedian, plus his voice work and sounds are great and just compliments his style. The only thing I can say negative about Vittorio is that he reminds me of my brother and that makes me uneasy hahaha. That has nothing to do with him on stage. He kept the crowd laughing as he had no become the Headliner as we were informed MR Gumbi would not be attending. Vittorio pulled out an extra 10 minutes and the crowd was very pleased as he had done a great job in closing out the show.
Mpho then said good night and we could all go home having gigged for a good cause.
Show Overall 7/10
Line up 8/10
My Performance 5.5/10