BY BILLY SUTER
DURBAN standup comedian Carvin Goldstone, fresh from an international tour, is now set for the big screen. Well, not on screen, but in front of it.
Nu Metro and Goldstone have teamed for a new venture to bring live comedy to the cinema.
“The plan is to introduce live comedy at cinemas around the country in partnership with Nu Metro, and hold regular comedy nights moving forward. This is something we spoke about earlier this year and we are happy to finally be launching it,” explains Goldstone.
To be known as Nu Metro Comedy Nights, the venture will see a host of one-man and one-woman shows, ensemble lineups and themed standup comedy shows over the next year.
“There is a great demand for fresh, accessible standup comedy in South Africa. This initiative ticks all the boxes in terms of bringing fresh talent and comedy content to a highly accessible stage,” says Goldstone.
The first performance will feature Goldstone in a show of new and recent ideas from his tours around the world. It will be presented at 8pm on November 27 at Cornubia mall’s Cinema 4, at 8pm on November 28 at Amanzimtoti’s Galleria, Cinema 3, and at 8pm on November 29 at Wesyville’s The Pavilion, Cinema 3.
Tickets cost R120 each via quicket.co.za and R150 at the door. Whatsapp 0815195399 for bookings/queries.
“Eventually, we’d like to roll out the comedy in Nu Metro cinemas across the country. We thought it was a great fit. A movie theatre has tiered/cinema-style seating, it’s an intimate space and perfect for comedy. So we are hoping the public jumps on this because it’s going to be something new, fresh and for everyone to enjoy,” says Goldstone.
One of the biggest names in South African comedy, Goldstone lists his recent accomplishments as including winning Comics Choice Comedian of the Year (2018). Previous winners include Trevor Noah and Loyiso Gola.
Goldstone has performed in the UK, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and across Southern Africa, including Swaziland and Zimbabwe. This includes being invited to perform this year at The Magners International Comedy Festival – the biggest comedy festival in Asia – and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the third largest comedy festival in the world.
Meanwhile, in other comedy news, Amsterdam Comedy Club in Glenwood, Durban, presents Kill or Die, a feast of standup comedy in which some of Durban’s hottest new comics will each get five minutes to impress.
Hosted by Neil Green, and with Durban favourite Jem Atkins as headliner, the event will feature Monde Blose, Cyril Basker, Nabeel Peer, Felicia Pillay,Abbey Hudson, Akhil Maharaj, Craig Caldwell and Teddy Mancuma.
The show is scheduled for 8.30pm on Wednesday, November 28, at the Amsterdam Bar at 143 Helen Joseph Road, Glenwood.
Admission is R50 a head. To book and for further details phone (031) 811 5449.