Direct from Durban comes the deliciously funny Hot Masala Comedy show, dished up and ready to be served for the first time to Joburg audiences by some of the most sizzling comedy acts in the country.
Hot Masala Comedy features stand-up comics and viral video stars Masood Boomgaard, Bash with Tash and Mo Vawda who collectively have earned millions of views on social media platforms and played to packed houses across the country.
Together the trio will take the audience on a hilarious cultural adventure, tapping into their experiences growing up in Indian communities in different parts of Durban, telling laugh out loud funny anecdotes about over-bearing parents, drunk uncles and down right crazy grandparents.
The show will also be peppered with great gags on everyday stuff like relationships, the economy, politics and social media. There’s bound to be something for everyone.
Bash with Tash, real name Natashia Portrag, shot to fame in December 2016 when she spontaneously uploaded a comic commentary by herself on Facebook which attracted hundreds of thousands of views. Subsequent videos only heightened her popularity and now she has legions of fans locally and abroad, including Australia, which she will tour in March.
Bash with Tash is best known for her incredible ability to improvise on stage and crowd interaction. Her spontaneity ensures that no two shows are the same.
She accredits her success to good work ethic.
“I’m on a journey and not in a competition. A good and humble heart has been the key to my success. This is a passion and not simply a job that needs to be done. Success can be measured in many forms for me this past year. It has been about sold out shows, making people laugh and also changing lives,” said Portrag.
“My style of comedy is very different. I am not a scripted comedian and every performance is personalized,” Portrag said.
Fresh from his recent tours of Australia, Dubai and the UK, Durbanite Masood Boomgaard is best known for his unique comedic take on current affairs and trends, tackling a variety of topics from politics and sports to the economy and relationships. He often also uses the stage to reflect on his childhood and experiences growing up in a mixed race family.
Look out for his spot-on impersonations of the likes of Jacob Zuma and Donald Trump.
His most recent show, Joker, has been released on DVD. He also recently appeared on Comedy Central and performed his African Indian show on London’s West End which saw him receive rave reviews.
And last but not least, audiences can look forward to the comic stylings of Mo Vawda, widely regarded as one of the hottest up and coming acts in SA Comedy. Original and wildly amusing, Vawda draws the funny from his experiences travelling the world as a “Muslim dude” and being married and a young dad.
Hot Masala Comedy is a pulsating cultural comedy experience not to be missed.
The show takes place on Saturday, March 24, at the Mardi Gras theatre at Carnival City at 8pm. Tickets are R150 and are available from Computicket.