Teacher-turned-comedian's one man show returns to the Baxter

2016-02-19 07:00

Cape Town - Back by popular demand, Dalin Oliver’s comedy show, I Came, I Taught, I Left will be returning to the Baxter Theatre  for a final run in Cape Town from 22 February to 5 March.

In September 2015 his one- man- show sold out before the first performance, and prompted an extra show to be added.

Oliver, best known as a Sport’s Presenter on Good Hope FM’s popular breakfast show, qualified as a History and Mathematics teacher and taught at a local high school, Wynberg Boys High. His teaching career lasted a couple of months before he hung up his jacket and followed his heart to pursue his true passion - comedy.

His one man show touches on his unique brand of comedy, his brief teaching career and the unusual transition from a traditionally coloured high school to a former Model-C and how that culture shift affected him: all told in a witty and honest way.

“Education is global,” Oliver says, when he talks about the reasoning behind the theme of his first one- man show. It is an experience that resonates with him and something that he has learned plenty from, which makes good fodder for comedy.

Having seen the performance during his sold out run in September 2015, I can say that attending this show has a sense of familiarity to it, as if you are visiting an old friend or attending a high school reunion. He is comfortable on stage, and the relatability of the subjects that he talks about makes one feel as if you are part of the show.

Even though we can relate to many Capetonian moments in the show - such as the slang, or familiar places - it is in many ways distinctly South African and it was one of the most popular acts at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown for the last two years.

Oliver has shared the stage with South African comedic heavyweights such as Barry Hilton, Stuart Taylor, Riaad Moosa and Nik Rabinowitz.

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The 26-year-old will be performing in Paarl and Port Elizabeth in April, touring the Johannesburg comedy club circuit in May before returning to the National Arts Festival (30 June to 10 July 2016).

Dalin also has a leading role in Maynard Kraak’s new film, Finders Keepers, which will be released on June 24, 2016 where he’ll star alongside popular SA actor, Neels van Jaarsveld and Lise Slabber.

I Came, I Taught, I Left will be at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio from Monday, 22 February - Saturday, 05 March with a DVD being filmed on the Saturday. Tickets will be sold through Computicket.

“People need to laugh,” Dalin said when describing his show, “It’s a new year, we’re still paying off debts from the festive season, what we need is a good laugh.”

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