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Saturday, October 18, 2008


Ninos presents the “doctor” of comedy at the Playhouse.

After successful sold-out shows in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, the “doctor” of comedy, Riaad Moosa will be doing house calls again in Durban from October 28 to 30 at Durban’s Playhouse proudly sponsored by Ninos and supported by East Coast Radio.

Strictly Halaal will give audiences the chance to see Riaad Moosa do brand new never-before-seen-ever-in-your-life material as well as his classic jokes that never date. It's the first opportunity to get intimate with Riaad in his own space as he uses comedy to tackles sensitive issues like Islamaphobia, racism and prolapsed haemorrhoids.

Sponsor Imraan Asmal of Nino's is delighted to have their brand associated with Riaad Moosa’s Strictly Halaal show and sees this association as a start of many great things to come. He adds that Ninos has always emphasized the importance of quality while keeping abreast of trends internationally. Traditional values are maintained yet creative changes over the years have ensured that the Nino's menu remains innovative yet traditional – and with this in mind believes that this event is a perfect fit.

The show is called Strictly Halaal says Riaad because there is a sense of confusion and a lack of understanding about Muslims and their culture: “People are aware of words like Halaal, but very few understand its relevance and meaning,” he says. “In my show, I will therefore tackle concepts associated with Muslims that people are aware of but do not fully understand. My aim is to dispel the myths about Islam using humour as a vehicle.”

The show’s called Strictly Halaal but all are welcome. Riaad will muse on a range of topics from Bollywood to current politics to apartheid. And as he says, it's also a chance for all his relatives to find out why he is doing comedy instead of medicine. The show will be a message of love, tolerance and oneness but hopefully it’s also funny.

"David Kau got Winnie Mandela to come to his show, I'm gonna try and get Osama," says Riaad.

Having trained as a comedy magician, Riaad was challenged to move over to pure stand-up at the Cape Comedy Collective's free Comedy Lab workshops. He spent 2002 living in Gauteng and performed regularly in venues around Jo’burg. He was the hit of the Heavyweight Comedy Jam in London in May 2006.The English critics saw Riaad as the main South African comic with a big international future.

Strictly Halaal runs at the Playhouse in Durban from October 28 to 30. Booking at Computicket. For more information contact Alice on 031 309 8670.