It’s hard to live in South Africa for more than five minutes without looking around in wide-eyed bewilderment, and asking: “What the EFF?” Whether it’s hippies rubbing their chords together to produce solar energy, militants marching into parliament in Pep Store overalls and Italian shoes, or taxi drivers who manage to simultaneously cut you off and flip you the bird while paging through the newspaper and counting their money… at some point in every day, you will say: “What the EFF?” Fortunately, Nik Rabinowitz is here to answer that question. Or maybe not answer it, so much as shake it a bit, and see what falls out.
From the leafy green ganglands of Constantia, to the imaginary book storage lockers of Limpopo, Rabinowitz casts his eye far and wide, and muses: “What the EFF?” And if politics isn’t your cup of tea, there’s plenty of other ridiculousness that’ll have you shaking your head, and clutching your sides.
This show is 100% vegan and eco friendly, and made up of 10% recycled material and 15% up cycled jokes. No punch lines were tested on animals. Bring your own canvas bag.
What the EFF? runs at the Fugard Theatre from 16 to 30 December 2014. Tickets ranging from R150 to R190 are available now from the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or via Computicket.com or 08619158000. Advance booking is highly recommended. Please note there is an age restriction of 13 on this show. 7
Stand-up comic Nik Rabinowitz attended a Waldorf School, where he learned how to plant vegetables, express his feelings through interpretative dance, and crochet his own underpants. He always knew, deep down, that he was destined to go into comedy. Which is why, after finishing Matric, he studied Business Science. (His Mom said if the comedy thing fell through, at least he’d be able to feed himself). Rabinowitz is not only very funny, he also has a list of achievements the likes of which many can only aspire to. For instance, he once posed nude. Not because anyone asked him to, he just did it. Also, he does an Archbishop Tutu impersonation so fine, the Arch now uses him as a body double. International performances have included Britain, Holland, Australia, Canada and the US. He’s been a guest on BBC 2’s Mock the Week, performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall and intentionally driven on the wrong side of the road in Nigeria. Nik presents “The Week that Wasn’t” for Cape Talk & 702, and plays a legion of characters in the online satirical production ZA News. What the Eff? is his 9th One Man Show, all of which have been directed by Brent Palmer. A little known fact: Rabinowitz is an extraordinarily talented cricketer. His leg-spinning prowess was so great that Pakistani bookmakers bankrolled his comedy career to keep his stunning skills out of the international arena. Nik lives in Cape Town with his wife and two sons. His wife Debbie is a general practitioner, which means he can get a doctor’s note whenever he wants. Too bad he doesn’t have a real job.