Here in Perth, we’re so spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment. And not just any entertainment, South African entertainment. Clearly, the South Africans know just how many of us there are in Perth so they all make a draai here when it comes to Australian tours. That and it’s easier on the jet lag to start a tour here! This month, we’re welcoming South African comedian Carvin Goldstone in Perth.
Who Is Carvin Goldstone?
Carvin hails from Durban (woo!) and has been in comedy since 2006 when he won the Madras Masala Comedy show. It wasn’t until 2011 that he performed his first ever one-man show ‘No Swearing!’ at the Playhour Drama Theatre, which was a sellout.
A mixed Jew, Zulu, Indian and American, Carvin H Goldstone is one of South Africa’s most successful stand-up comedians. Nominated as South African Comics’ Choice Comedian of the Year in 2016 and 2017, Carvin’s unique no swearing style of comedy has intrigued comedy and non-comedy lovers alike. Basically, Carvin is well known as a poor man’s Trevor Noah. And sometimes just a poor man. And most times just poor.
Born to a mixed American and Indian mother and mixed Zulu and Jewish father, amongst a few other nationalities, Carvin is a mixture of culture, race, and religion, all of which he presents in his unique no swearing style of comedy. This means his shows are suitable for everyone, young and old alike – this makes him pretty unique in the comedy arena.
You can check out some of his comedy on his YouTube channel here. I love this one about learning English.
Since then, he’s worked with heaps of big names in the comedy world, including Loyiso Gola, Nik Rabinowitz, and Robby Collins.
Carvin Goldstone In Perth
I asked Carvin a few questions in the lead up to his Australian tour.
How did you get into comedy? Did anyone in particular inspire you?
I was a journalist for a newspaper called the Mercury in Natal and during my time there started impersonating people and well my colleagues advised I take up comedy. And so I did. I was not familiar with any comics back then. We’d all heard of Barry Hilton and American comics like Chris Rock but I’d never attended a show.
How did the Australian tour come about? Have you been before and will you be back again?
This is my third visit. I first came to tour in 2015 and had a really good time catching up with South Africans and making them miss home a bit. One man cried at the show in Brisbane because he said the show made him think of his family back in South Africa.
Is there anything in Perth you’re enjoying or love to do when you’re here?
I like to go visit Elizabeth Quay and walk across the bridge take in the sights. I went a hip-hop karaoke night in Northbridge which was one of the best nights in Perth and going up to Kings Park. Great views.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in Durban?
I bought a house on the Bluff in Durban a few years and really fell in love with the place. My favourite place is any place that sells hot Durban bunny chows.
He’s performing not one but two shows here in Perth. The first is Friday 13th April (don’t let the date put you off!) at the Perth Modern School. The second is Saturday 14th April at the Comedy Lounge in Perth’s Murray Street, a newly opened and dedicated comedy venue.
I’m giving away tickets to Carvin’s Friday show – head over to my Facebook page to find out more, but you’ll get a bonus entry if you leave a comment on this post below!