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Returning to stand-up comedy after a long break is Eastern Mosaic presenter and theatre personality Jailoshini Naidoo (pictured), who plans to wow audiences in the Curry Balls Comedy Show that kicks off on May 18 at the Suncoast Supernova.

Featuring a complete Durban line-up of some of the brightest comedians, Naidoo will be joined on stage by Neville Pillay, Top Dan, Masood Boomgaard, Carvin Goldstone, Neil Green, Jem Atkins and Dusty Rich.

In an interview with Tonight, Naidoo elaborated on her return to stand-up: “There are still nerves, no matter how many times you do it, but I’m very excited about it.”

The show is said to offer side-splitting tales about living in Durban from the comedians’ own perspective. The entertainer believes that comedic abilities are something you are born with.

“It’s a lot about instinct. I think you either have it or you don’t. Stand-up comedians need to be quick on their feet. You have to have the knack for it,” she said.

Naidoo studied drama at the University of Durban Westville and has always been fascinated with theatre and being part of that world.

“My first theatre experience was as a student. I played the role of a tree in Macbeth. I didn’t do much,” she laughed. “But for me, as soon as I entered that theatre room, I knew it was home. I just loved being a part of it all.”

A recognisable presenter on Eastern Mosaic, Naidoo says that as much as she loves presenting, theatre is her true passion: “I love the stage. TV is wonderful, but theatre fulfills me and I feel like I belong.

“My true inspirations are my family, my parents, sisters and brother. My mom and dad have always been so motivating, even when I wanted to be an actress after university, taking note of the time and difficulty of pursuing that career; they always encouraged me and told me to go after my dream. Up until today, I still share every moment with my family. They are my most animated audience.”

As for her fans, she said: “South African audiences have been so supportive of me and I would like to convey a huge thank you to them. They come to the shows and they are so warm and unconditional in their support.”

Giving some advice and a bit of encouragement to others, Naidoo believes it’s important to stay true to yourself.

“Some women are not secure, but we should all be positive and be proud of who we are. If you have dreams, reach for them, live them and never give them up.”

Naidoo encourages the public to attend the comedy show.

“Life is stressful and it’s not often that you get a show where all you have to do is sit down and just laugh till you cry.

“This show is therapeutic and laughter is the best medicine. Forget your troubles, destress and come have a blast with us.”

• Curry Balls runs on May 18 and 19 at the Suncoast Supernova. Tickets are available at the venue, through www.cinecentre. co.za or phone the call centre on 086 124 6300.


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