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Wednesday, July 10, 2013


(Rob van Vuuren)

One of the funniest comedy shows I have ever seen. (Review by Keith Millar)

St Andrews College in Grahamstown, founded in 1855, is one of the oldest schools in the country. This venerable seat of learning boasts many buildings of historical interest on its campus, and it exudes an atmosphere of scholarly peace and tranquility.

So the main hall of this institution with its grand vaulted ceiling was an unlikely venue for me to see one of the funniest comedy shows I have ever seen.  

Rob van Vuuren was a Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner for Comedy at the National Arts Festival in 2011 and 2012, and has just been announced as a recipient of a Silver Ovation Award for his show WHAT WHAT this year. So … it is not just my opinion that he is a very, very funny man and one of the country’s best comedians. As a Festival regular he has built up a considerable fan base and his shows, never mind the venue, are inevitably sellout.

WHAT WHAT is Van Vuuren’s amazing new one-man presentation, with a twist, in which he pushes the boundaries of standup comedy. Not for him the rude and crude, but rather cleverness and charm to keep his audience in fits of mirth throughout the show.

So what does WHAT WHAT mean? Is it a statement of surprise, or an expression of awe, or maybe just an indication of a lack of interest?

This is what Van Vuuren sets out to explain. Telling stories about topics as varied as Koala Bears, being lost in Sandton City, gay slang, parenthood, Australians, and his dog Bella, he always manages to weave his way back to the statement What What.

Then as a change of pace, he has a serious moment as he describes the deep and loving relationship he had with his late grandmother, and his recent adoption of a baby girl. This gives an insight into the depth of the character that is Rob van Vuuren.

van Vuuren is a Comedy Rock Star. WHAT WHAT, along with the rest of his body of work, has established him as a leader in the field of comedy. If you get the chance don’t miss Rob van Vuuren in performance.  What what? – Keith Millar