Dwayne Perkins talks about comedy and what inspires his work

2018-08-03 15:31
Dwayne Perkins
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Johannesburg - US stand-up comedian Dwayne Perkins wishes he could stay longer in South Africa after his two shows here.

The comic from Brooklyn in New York City will be joining the line-up of A-lister at the 15th Blacks Only Comedy Show. The gig is David Kau’s brainchild and this year’s theme is Jokes Appropriation without Compensation. The show kicks off in Johannesburg at the TicketPro Dome on 11 August, then it’s in Cape Town’s ICC on 14 August.

Dwayne – who was listed as one of the five comics to watch by Rolling Stone magazine – chats to DRUM.

Q.  What separates you from other comedians?

A.   I think my specialty is expressing things using ridiculous analogies that actually make sense when you think about it. Also, I think my comedy comes from a happy, silly place and I’ve been controversial without people realizing it.

Q.   What inspires your jokes?

A.   Truth, and also the what-if. I love solving problems with funny solutions that kinda could work if people were willing to step on a few toes.

Q.  As a black comic, do you feel compelled to talk about black issues in your material?

A.   I feel compelled to talk about what I’m seeing or feeling so eventually being black will come up. I don’t have to force it though. Since I’m black I see the world through that lens.

Q.  Are you planning on staying longer in SA after the show? If so, which places do you want to visit?

A.   I really wish I could but my crime-fighting duty back in the USA calls me to come back. But if I could stay, I’d kick it in Joburg and eat kota sandwiches.

Q.  Any advice for upcoming comedians?

A.   Listen to your sets. You can’t always get up as much as you’d like when you start but listening and assessing is like writing. Also listening will show you that you never bombed as bad as you thought or killed as hard as you thought. The recording is totally objective.

* Dwayne joins the fascinating line-up of comedians, including Daliso Chaponda (UK), David Kau as MC, Kagiso KG Mogadi, Mpho Popps,  Riaad Moosa, Ruben Paul (USA), Sifiso Nene and Tumi Morake. Tickets start at R250 and are on sale now at Computicket.

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