Chris Rock No Apologies World Tour – Cape Town

2008-06-06 14:34
With two sold out shows in Cape Town and three sold out shows in Johannesburg, it's easy to see why he broke a Guinness World Record for attracting the largest comedy audience ever. Capetonians flocked to the Grand Arena in droves to bear witness to his fabled comedic genius.

The show was hosted by 5FM's DJ Fresh and opened up by American comedian Mario Joyner. While it would have been pretty awesome if one of our local comedians got the opportunity to share the stage with 'the funniest man in the world', Joyner didn't exactly disappoint.

Rock entered to an applauding and amiable crowd as he kicked off his two-hour performance. If you've seen his previous comedy jobs, then you may be a tad disappointed that he's still using many of the same subject matter, the easy targets like OJ Simpson (which is so five years ago), George Bush and Osama Bin Laden. He also took the opportunity to touch on the American presidential elections, displaying his clear support for Barack Obama.

The topics were diverse. Apart from politics and racism, subjects which Rock is well known for tackling head-on, he also touched on pop culture, money matters, marriage and kids, and sexism. While most topics were universal, there were also strong American bias in some that that made it less relevant to South Africans.

It was no holds barred when he switched to sex and relationships, if you are easily offended, may we suggest you steer clear. It was verbal porn, if there is such a thing, when Rock started graphically addressing the differences between women and men and over-sharing of personal experiences.

"No Apologies" lives up to its name in a crude, explicit and "he didn't just say that" kind of way. Rock goes where few dare, which is probably why he's so popular. Oh, and there are funny parts too.

- Ashlin Simpson

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