US Comedians Dwayne Perkins and Ruben Paul chat about performing in SA

2018-08-04 15:00


Ruben Paul
Ruben Paul (Photo: Supplied/Total Exposure)

Johannesburg – David Kau's Blacks Only comedy show is back for it's 15th year, and this time around it promises to be even bigger and bolder. 

The show not only features 10 of South Africa's best acts, including Riaad Moosa, Tumi Morake and Skhumba, but will include some international flavour by bringing on board US comedians Dwayne Perkins and Ruben Paul. 

Both Dwayne and Ruben promise to bring nothing but fire to their sets as they perform at the Ticketpro Dome on 11 August in Johannesburg. 

Take a look at what the stars say SA fans should expect: 

Dwayne Perkins 

1. How much do you know about SA?

I won’t be a typical American and say I know more than I do.  I know there’s a lot of great people in SA. Or I’ve been fortunate enough to meet the great ones. 

2. Have you been to SA before? If not, how do you plan to connect with the SA crowd?

I have been before. I’m interested in seeing how it’s changed. I seemed to have kismet connection with the crowds so I hope that’s still the case. The country seems to have a good sense of humor. Given your history I guess you kind of have to. 

3. What do you love most about the crowd and the country?

I love how the crowds are down for whatever. Different styles different languages. There’s a tolerance that reflects the diversity of the country.

4. What can we expect from your showcase?                         

Me painting a picture of the world and my life, through my eyes and slightly off perspective of things.  

Ruben Paul

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1. When was the last time you performed here and how did the audience react to your material?

Not sure, I believe the last time I was in South Africa was in 2014. Regardless my last experience was fantastic. The audiences were great and very receptive.

2. The name of the show is Blacks Only. Do you feel compelled to talk about black issues in your material or will you mix it up? 

In my show I talk about my life and experiences. So since I am black I automatically talk about Black Issues but I feel whether you are Black, White, Coloured, Indian, or whatever, you can relate to my story because it’s a human story.  

3. You grew up in a black neighbourhood and you're coming to a black majority country. Do you think there are any similarities between your neighbourhood and SA's black neighbourhood? 

Of course there are similarities. South Africa is a country that has dealt with oppression and racism just like the United States. So with that being said, I believe black neighborhoods are very similar based on the conditions and environment that racism creates. Poverty, and lack of opportunity are things that both countries have dealt with in our black communities.                

4. What are you looking forward to the most about SA?

Performing for the people, plain and simple. I love the people of South Africa. The energy is amazing and I have a great time every time I’ve been there. It’s one of my favorite places to visit.