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Monday, September 12, 2016


(Neil Green)
After its recent sell-out run and almost a decade of leaving audiences in stitches, Charous and Bruinous is back. Taking place at Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre this weekend, the show features some of Durban's most talented Indian and Coloured stand-up comedy acts who will share the stage for the laugh-a-minute event of the year.
The latest edition in the comedy series features Neville Pillay, Kelvin Stoffels, Neil Green, Annalakshmi Masood Boomgaard and more. These hilarious comedians offer their unique insights into living as an Indian or Coloured in the “Rainbow Nation”, tackle “chaarou and bruinou” stereotypes and narrate side-splitting tales from exotic lands such as Wentworth, Chatsworth, Phoenix, Sydenham and Newlands.
There is also “bruinou” advice on surviving the recession, a guide to understanding lightning fast “chaarou” talk and tips on identifying different species of Indians and Coloureds. There are also discussions on uncles who played soccer at Curries Fountain, have bushy moustaches and crooked Richie Rich or Mickey Mouse jail tattoos.
"Indians and coloureds are unique yet so similar. We both hold grudges over outstanding Tupperware, our houses are decorated with doily cloths, the men can come to blows over Man United and Liverpool and we both love the Golf 1. We are only separated by the fact that Coloureds don't play ‘thunee’," says participating comedian Neil Green
“In some way we have moved beyond boxing ourselves in race groups and we’re becoming more South African than White, Black, Indian and Coloured. However, people are also seeing the importance of celebrating their culture and ethnicity. I think comedy is just one of those ways in which people do this. With Charous and Bruinous there’s a sense of belonging, a sense of this is our comedy show by our people. And of course there those inside jokes and nuances that only Indians and Coloureds may understand which is part of the reason why people have been supporting this show for 10 years,” he adds.
Charous and Bruinous takes place on September 16 and 17 at 20h00 in the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya. Tickets R120 available from Computicket, Sibaya Box Office and Shoprite.