We had a quick chat with one of Cape Town’s female comedy stars

2016-08-06 07:00

Cape Town – It’s Women’s Month and to celebrate we had a quick chat with one of Cape Town’s female comedians, Tracy Klass.

Tracy is part of a line-up of South Africa’s top female comedians set to perform for a whole week at The Cape Town Comedy Club in celebration of Women’s Month.

Check out our quick chat with Tracy here:

What is the most absurd or funniest thing that has ever happened at one of your gigs?
Performing to an audience of three ladies during a Ladies Evening, my colleague Mel Jones and I turned our backs to them for about 30 secs and when we turned around they had done a runner. They even left their pink drinks behind.

What do you do to relax?
Knit, crochet, cook, yoga, walking and read.

What was your worst pick up line?
Didn’t you enter Miss South Africa???????????

What was your best pick up line?
None spring to mind.

What is your favourite travel destination?
I loved Vietnam.

What do you find to be most fantastic in this world?
The glory, power and beauty of nature.

What do you find to be the most absurd thing in this world?
First world problems in a third world environment.

How long does it take you to put a show together? Do you plan the whole text or do you also just go with the flow of the show?
Definitely work goes into putting the show together, however, you have to be able to go with the show because every audience is different.

What do you do if the audience doesnt laugh? Has it happened to you?
If the audience don’t laugh, I change material, if that doesn’t work, exit stage left as gracefully as possible.

What is it like to be a female comedian in a mostly male dominated industry?
Woman comics support each other and when we perform together it is a huge amount of fun backstage. Woman also have to work harder. When a man gets on stage the audience is automatically receptive, when a woman stands on stage they have to prove they are funny. Audiences are inclined to be less forgiving to female comics.

Any advice for other women out there trying to make it in the comedy industry?
Persevere and remember that you are funny.  50% of the audience are females and they want to hear a woman’s perspective and take on things. 

Any exciting things coming up for you for the rest  of the year?
Wonderful week of fun at Cape Town Comedy Club for Woman’s Month – 8 to 15 August, the Sunflower Fund’s annual Women’s Day lunch at the Vineyard on Saturday the 13th, always completely fabulous and then off to Jozi in October for some gigs.

Details of the show:

Date: 8-14 August
Venue: Cape Town Comedy Club
Time: Doors open t 18:00. Show starts at 20:30. 
Line-up: Tracy Klass, Mel Jones, Shimmy Isaacs, Monique Nortje and Claudine Ullman.
Click here for more info and to book your spot.

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