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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


(Carvin H Goldstone)

It’s no secret that Durbanites love their stand-up comedy and now with a brand new weekly comedy club in town, there’s more to whet that growing appetite for fresh funny!

The newly refurbished Lucky’s Bar and Cafe - situated in 507 Windermere Road in Durban - is offering more than a few tweaks on their menu.

In addition to an array of weekly entertainment gigs at the establishment, owners Colin Balliram and Debora Pillay says they’ll be serving up some of the finest in stand-up comedy via their Thursday Comedy Club gigs.

Colin explained how the concept came about: “Durban comedian Carvin Goldstone has been a frequent patron of Lucky's Bar and Cafe and it made perfect sense that we should combine our efforts in a bid to deliver a weekly dose of stress relief and emotional detachment via the best medicine - laughter,” he said.

“Lucky's Bar and Cafe offers its clientele entertainment for every day of the week, and we feel adding a Comedy Club to the already busy line-up would fit right in with the culture of what we are wanting to achieve, which is an entertainment hotspot for everyone, everyday of the week! Lucky’s is cosy and loungy with a great ambience. Comedy would be right at home here,” he added.

Popular comedian, Carvin Goldstone, said: “Durban is ready for dedicated comedy spaces. At the moment all our gigs are pop up gigs or monthlys. Thursday Comedy Club will give visiting and local acts a regular space to test new ideas and work jokes. “We have already booked recognised international comedians Dana Alexandera from Canada and Justin Rivera from America’s Got Talent for the shows in November. We've also booked local favourites Neil Green, Arnotte Payne and East Coast Radio's Rory Petzer. So it’s going to be a huge surprise every week to see who is taking the stage at Thursday Comedy Club.

“Windermere Road is also a great location. The New York Bar, which hosted a comedy night which I performed at regularly and helped grow, was down the road. It closed this year so we saw an opportunity to do something that kept comedy alive in the area,” he added.

Thursday Comedy Club launches on October 26 2017. The line-up features Tyson Heffer headlined by Carvin H Goldstone. Andrew Hughes will host the show.

Tyson Heffer is known for his one liner observational style of comedy, his punchline after punchline delivery will have audiences vacillating between wanting to laugh and wanting to hear what comes next. He has gained experience by performing alongside some of the best acts South Africa has to offer, and has stamped his mark on the flourishing Durban comedy scene.

Carvin Goldstone has been doing comedy for 11 years and is fast becoming one of the country’s most sought-after entertainers. What sets him apart is his clean, no swearing style. No matter where Goldstone performs, his shows are guaranteed as suitable for the entire family. Goldstone is a two-time comedy show winner with three sold-out one man comedy shows under his belt.

His clean honest comedy has won him audiences that range from different backgrounds and his audiences continue to grow with every performance. In 2011 Carvin performed his first one man comedy show titled No Swearing to sold-out houses at the Playhouse in Durban. His 2012 one man show iBruino was staged at the Playhouse Opera, the biggest theatre venue in KwaZulu-Natal on October 13, 2012. The show completely sold out and this show served to announce that Carvin H Goldstone can now officially be described as one of the hottest comedians on the South African comedy landscape. In 2015, he staged his newest one man show, Coloured President, to sold-out audiences at The Playhouse Opera in Durban and at good capacity at the Lyric Theatre.

2016 and 2017 have seen Carvin expand his career internationally with successful tours to Australia and New Zealand, an extended tour with MSC Cruise Tours and an upcoming tour in The Middle East in November  2017.

Andrew Hughes is a proudly Durban comedian born in Ixopo. He has been doing comedy for a year and in that time he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with some South African comedy heavyweights, such as Joey Rasdien, Kagiso Lediga, Dillon Oliphant, Masood Boomgaard, Jem Atkins, Dalen Oliver, Gino Fernández and Donovan Goliath, to name a few. Hughes is a young and ambitious comic and believes that with dedication and hard work, you can make all of your dreams come true. He shares his hilarious experiences through storytelling and has a charming stage presence and is also quite the impersonator.

Thursday Comedy Club launches on October 26, 2017, at 20h00. Entry R50 at the door. Seats are limited and booking is essential: Contact Veru on 0814883770 or Titus on 0730372559.