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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


(Warren Robertson and Al Prodgers)

An outrageously funny show, Double Take introduces to Durban audiences two of South Africa’s finest comedians, Al Prodgers and Warren Robertson.

The Durban public will have the opportunity of catching this outrageously funny stand-up comedy show at the Seabrooke’s Theatre, Durban High School, and then at the Rhumbelow Theatre.

Al Prodgers and Warren Robertson have won international awards for their performances which are packed with sharp observations, warped explanations and unique style. Appearing together for the first time in Durban, this is the culmination of their quest to break boundaries, meet new audiences and “be somewhere warm for the winter”!

As comics, Prodgers and Robertson share a delight in humour that escapes the worn paths of racial stereotypes, exploring the more surprising and exciting aspects of being South African. “If we live in crazy times, then the only sane response is to be a bit twisted too!” they say.

Al Prodgers has a wry and witty comedic style. He surgically exposes the funny bone in both personal and political material, but never forgets our common humanity. The South Africa Times in London wrote of his performance: “you’re likely to come away with new respect for the power of laughter and the role it has played in transforming a country.”

Prodgers is an accredited member of the Proudly South African Campaign, flying the comedy flag in places as diverse as Europe and Dubai and touring Africa as far as The Seychelles and Uganda. He was a finalist at the Yuk Yuks Great Canadian Laugh Off comedy competition in Toronto, winning all the way to the last round of eight, chosen from thousands of international comics. Local TV viewers may recognise him from a long-standing role, Maxime in Generations and playing a homicidal maniac on Isidingo.

Warren Robertson has been described by comic legend, Mel Miller as “probably the smartest, funniest young comedian in the country today." His genuine comic inventiveness brought success in the UK where he was the winner of numerous British Comedy competitions and appeared on a number of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was nominated for a Comics Choice Award in the Breakthrough category and recently sold out his own show, Spamily, at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Double Take carries a “No U18” age restriction to allow for the odd unscripted rant or improvised audience interaction as these guys relentlessly follow the funny on waves of outlandish invention.

Double Take runs at Seabrooke’s Theatre from August 24 to 26 and at the Rhumbelow Theatre from September 7 to 9. Bookings are through Computicket.