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Friday, March 26, 2021


(Right: Trevor Harper & Mark Hawkins)

Well-known to be grumpy for most of their lives, Johannesburg old friends and colleagues musician Trevor Harper and choreographer Mark Hawkins (formerly based in Durban) found themselves in a deep dark place at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown in March 2020 after realizing that all scheduled work would be cancelled. So to get themselves out of this space they decided to create The Grumpy Old Homos for some fun and to keep each other sane.

So, on May 18 they launched their 1st episode on Facebook making Peanut Butter biscuits for 2-legged and 4-legged people! Having started just with their cellphones and a borrowed GoPro, editor Mark Buyskes and publicist Bridget van Oerle of BUZ Publicity came on board, and 15 weekly episodes followed. The rest is history, as they say!

After a brand strategy meeting with SPACE TM and an impromptu interview on they got offered a twice-weekly slot on the local online radio station. The Grumpy Old Homo Show soon became the #1 show on the station. Live streaming of the show soon followed for every show with an incredible global audience platform. They targeted specific topics bringing people together for stimulating interviews on a broad number of subjects and featured news-making luminaires from all over the globe, with a strong community-building feel and always with a dose of their madness thrown in for good measure!

At the end of 2020, the GOH took a recess to look at their brand and where they wanted to take it in the future and so … due to public demand, they have decided to do this Road Tripping with The Grumpy Old Homos season since you’ve asked for more.

The Caravan Park Tour will take them all on a trip around South Africa from Johannesburg to the Mother City and back again (of course!)

“In order to make this season possible they need investors. For as little as 100 Randellas you can help them do this!” says Mark Hawkins. “Along the way they will introduce you to places you would want to put on your bucket list of destinations you would love to discover and will also introduce you to places you know you would NEVER want to experience…EVER!

“The exciting news is that we’ve partnered with the Theatre Benevolent Fund to continue raising the plight of South African creatives, and to support the valuable work they do in providing unstinted support to members of the creative industry when they need it most."

For further information on the Grumpy Old Homos or to make a donation or pledge any sponsorship visit