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Friday, April 22, 2011


Comedian Siv Ngesi stars in Dekaf which reaches the end of its national tour in Durban at Sibaya Casino on April 28. This is a black, white comedy about blacks who think like whites, as told by a black guy who sounds white.

The show stars the up-and-coming stand-up comic Siv Ngesi in a bold production from the comedic mind of David Newton (Politically Incorrect; Defending the Laid Man and Laugh).

“Contrary to popular belief, there is a new generation of black people who don’t bitch about the ‘struggle’, can swim, aren’t hated by dogs and didn’t vote for Jacob Zuma”, says the publicity. In Dekaf, Ngesi takes audiences into the world of a black man who was raised in the suburbs, schooled in the public school system, dates white women and listens to Josh Groban!

Dekaf debuted at the 2009 Grahamstown National Arts Festival under Newton’s directorship. The show filled its capacity venue and garnered favourable reviews from the local press and audiences alike and at the 2010 Festival, the show won the coveted Golden Ovation Award.

Sivuyile ‘Siv’ Ngesi is a 25-year-old actor and comedian born in Gugulethu, Cape Town. At ten years old, he toured Asia with Les Misèrables in the coveted role of Gavroshe. Since then he has landed roles in films such as Cape of Good Hope, After the Rain, Love in Africa, Zeenon z3, World Unseen and Schweitzer. He first made a name for himself in the popular SABC 1 television programmes Khululeka and The Adventures of Sinbad, Double Shift and Interrogation Room. He was also one of the leads in M-Net’s League of Glory that ran during the Soccer World Cup in 2010. His best credit to date must be his scenes with Keifer Sutherland in 24. His extensive theatre experience, includes Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Island, Sex and the Citi Golf, Star Wors, Off Your Trolley, Butlers and Brandy and most recently Dekaf, which he co-wrote with Newton.

David Newton is an actor, director and producer. He has become one of South Africa’s most bankable comics, and has made his comedy appealing to his fans through his ability to speak directly and frankly about situations that happen to all of us. Newton has directed all three of his one-man shows namely Defending the Laid Man, Politically Incorrect, both available on DVD, and Laugh. His third DVD, Nothing But The Truth, is a 100min collaboration of the best of the three shows and stars Sivuyile Ngesi as the opening act.

Newton was nominated in 2006 for a prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best Performance and in 2007 for Stand-Up Comedy of the Year at the SA Comedy Awards. He won the National Arts Festival’s ‘Best Stand-up Comedian’ award in 2008 and the most successful comedy performer at Fest ’09. His David’s comedy clips get regular airtime on 5FM’s Fresh Drive Comedy Minute and he has played The Cape Town International Comedy Festival (2006- Danger Zone and 2007- Main Arena) and the Old Mutual Comedy Encounters (2009). He has also appeared on SABC’s Comedy Showcase and has enjoyed sell-out shows at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from 2005 to 2010.

The show takes place at Krakatoa at Sibaya Casino on April 28 April at 20h00. Tickets booked at Computicket. (PG 12)