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Saturday, February 15, 2020


This comedy show was the consummate Valentine's night out with your significant other. (Review by Verne Rowin Munsamy)

A Barrel of Pineapples ...

Valentine's Day is gushing with romance and couples but last light I was treated to more than just soppy kisses and tender gazes. ECR's Kings and Queens of Comedy launched their 2020 season with a stellar line-up of Comedians and Comediennes, from all parts of our borders.

With so many events to choose from, like the Cricket at Sahara Stadium and the music concert in Botanic Gardens, I was delighted to be included in the 5,000 people that made their way, through the demonic traffic, to the Durban ICC for this year's comedy show.

Hosted by the exceptional Darren Maule from ECR, whose sense of physical humour is quite adroit and spanning more than four hours in length this comedy show was the consummate Valentine's night out with your significant other. I appreciated the interactive nature of the comedy show which has evolved Stand-up to join in the technological revolution with screens displaying live tweets and Instagram feeds and the prize giving for best tweet, a s'licked box of chocolates.

The comedy itself was leaden with the Valentine's theme with the comedy acts joking about being in relationships, finding partners and raising kids. There was much mocking of our Durban way of life, all in good fun, reminders of current political affairs, like any good comedy show, and revelations of race differences. My stand-outs were Tumi Morake from Joburg, with her slay queen attitude, Ndumiso Lindi whose smooth voice is an equal match to his witty humour and of course the headliners Rob van Vuuren and Nik Rabinowitz. Not to be out shone, a fantastic treat of comedy was offered Mo Vawda, Dillan Oliphant, Mojak Lehoko, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, Prins, Thenjiwe Moseley and Rory Petzer.

With 13 acts, a host and an interactive audience, last night's comedy show was certainly a cliffhanger to the rest of the season to follow. I look forward to new and returning acts that will take to the stage with new jokes and punchlines that will have the audience 'recalling' to their seats. It was certainly a Valentine's Day to remember. - Verne Rowin Munsamy