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Let the good times roll again

Published Feb 21, 2012

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The latest instalment of the popular Charous and Bruinous Comedy Show has a host of popular comedians lined up for the event which is set to be staged this weekend at the Bat Centre.

This marks the third edition of the show, which, according to organiser Masood Boomgaard, was not planned.

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“It sort of became an annual thing by accident. At the outset we couldn’t predict what the response would be like and then suddenly we had people asking ‘when’s the next show?’

“I think the idea is definitely for it to become a regular part of the Durban entertainment landscape.”

Boomgaard said all of the previous shows had sold out: “I think people were surprised by the talent of some of our relatively unknown artists and there was a sense that the show was value for money. Charous and Bruinous has a loyal following now. There has been talk of moving the show to a bigger venue, but part of why the show works is because of the homely feel of the Bat Centre,” he explained.

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Charous and Bruinous 2012 features, among others, Koobeshan Naidoo of the Ding-a-ling crew, radio jock Neville Pillay and his alter ego Top Dan, the ever-popular Neil Green, Arnotte Payne and others.

The show promises to offer the comedians’ unique insights into living as an Indian or coloured in the Rainbow Nation, to tackle “charou” and “bruinou” stereotypes and narrate side-splitting tales from Durban communities such as Wentworth, Chatsworth, Phoenix, Sydenham and Newlands.

“Guys like Neville Pillay, Neil Green and myself were there from the start and have remained on the bill. Koobeshan Naidoo is one the new additions to the team this time around. I think we will always be looking to introduce new faces down the line. What’s most important is that our artists keep challenging themselves by writing new material all the time. Much of the show will be unheard material, which is good news for return audiences,” said Boomgaard.

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From “bruinou” advice on surviving the recession to a guide to understanding lightning-fast “charou” talk to uncles who played soccer at Currie’s Fountain and more, Boomgaard says Charous and Bruinous is more than a comedy show, it’s a cultural adventure.

• The show takes place at the Bat Centre at Durban’s small craft harbour on February 24 at 8pm. Tickets are R100 through Computicket and Shoprite.

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