DURBAN - THE ‘Day Zero - Water Shortage Comedy Tour’ is not just to make Durbanites laugh. It’s also for four Cape Town comedians to be able to take more than just a 90 second shower each day as they tour the country.
Funny men, Dalin Oliver, Kagiso Mokgadi, Carl Weber and Yaaseen Barnes, all born and bred in the Western Cape, will bring the show to Durban later this month.
The show isn’t about educating people, it’s about the lighter side of life, from the ways of the government to the gossiping aunty next door.
The group, made up of award-winning comedians and established television and radio hosts, came up with the Day Zero Tour when Cape Town was undergoing critical water shortages early this year, which placed strict water-use limitations on residents.
“We were all in the same bath - with no water. The excuse for having the show was for us to travel around the country, and be able to take a shower for more than two minutes. The day after we named our show Day Zero, they (government) announced that Day Zero was pushed back,” Barnes said.
The group are from different regions of the Cape, and represent various demographics to bring the audience unique South African comedy - comedy that unites people, Barnes said.
“The beauty of South African comedy is that it feels like home. We all know that one aunty that the comedian is talking about. You have South African people, telling South African stories, to fellow South Africans,” he explained.
Barnes has performed previously in Durban.
He said: “Durban people love to laugh. Whether they get the joke or not, they still laugh and it’s great to see stand-up comedy being appreciated and supported.
The 90-minute “tongue-in-cheek” show take place for three nights only in Durban, including on August 31 at Gateway Hotel, September 1 at Butlers Restaurant in Hillcrest, and September 2 at Point Yacht Club on Victoria Embankment.
Ticket prices range from R100 to R150 at various venues, and can be purchased via Computicket and Quicket where more information is available.