Due to an overwhelming response to his run in August, 2016, John Vlismas brings “The Good Racist” to Durban on March 2 and 4.
“Every generation, since the beginning of humanity, has harboured a group of loons, extreme nut-jobs who insist that God, or Nature or “these blacks” will trigger the Apocalypse,” explains Vlismas. “Whichever way you look at it, we have come a long way as a country – whether we’re heading in the right direction is up for debate.”
Outspoken reader, pepper-sprayer of the stupid and award-winning comic, John Vlismas takes us back to the recorded start of South Africa’s turbulent history in his new show. As the curtain rises, he traces an intelligent, brilliantly funny and brutally honest line from the cradle of mankind to the present stupidity of Sparrows.
“Our real history is much more complicated and ridiculous than most people realize – the Voortrekkers were not saints, Mahatma Ghandi drank urine and slept with virgins, Shaka was a kind of Hitler and Mugabe may have some valid points about Britain… we tend to rely on ‘Chappie paper’ facts whenever we attack each other… maybe our common enemy is ignorance?” says Vlismas, the only white person to ever receive death threats from Steve Hofmeyr.
“I think it’s high time we declared war on stupidity – it’s the only way to win this thing.”
When in Montreal, Canada, Vlismas was praised by Warner Bros executives for his “Bill Maher-like” approach to social truth, and Revelations 2 promises to confirm their summary of him.
“As I get older, I’m getting tired of doing the dick and race jokes that seem to be the staple of the mass-appeal comedy scene – I want to talk about what I see as real issues – like how an erection for a glorified air hostess can take down a chunk of the stock market, how an idiot’s Tweet can polarize the nation – these are true comedy topics,” Vlismas adds.
John Vlismas in Revelations 2 – The Good Racist can be seen on March 3 and 4 at 20h00 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga Road. Booking is at Computicket