Last night I headed out to the Charles Hotel in North Perth for a very exciting Fringe World Festival event. The Charles Hotel is the home of the Comedy Lounge in WA, who invited me along to experience the awesome show from The 3 South Africans on its opening night.
There are 5 shows over 3 days, the first two being last night, 2 more tonight at 7pm and 9pm, and one final show on Sunday at 5pm.
We arrived just before the 9pm show and had time to grab a glass of wine at the bar before taking our seats for the show. The venue is spacious but still intimate enough to feel like you aren’t at an impersonal show.
Dave Levinsohn was the MC for the evening and performed short sets in between the other two comedians. He kept the audience in stitches all night and was a great host, and refused to do any Reeva jokes when he learnt what my name was!
The next act for the night was Rob Van Vuuren who bounced onto the stage like a hyperactive kangaroo, perhaps taking inspiration from his host country and his visit to the wildlife sanctuary (which you’ll find out more about if you pop along to the show). His energy was infectious and the audience just lapped it up.
After a short interval and some more from host Dave, it was the turn of Kurt Schoonraad, who hails from Mitchell’s Plain in the Cape and regaled us with tales of drunk people and gym bunnies, with some of the funniest facial expressions you’ll ever see.
After their well-received show they all made their way to the bar and proceeded to chat with all their fans for ages, and perhaps it was because they couldn’t afford the drinks on their rands and needed people to shout them a round!
It was an absolutely fantastic evening, spent laughing for hours and chatting with the guys who were so down to earth and humble, not something I was expecting due to their current cult status on the South African comedy circuit.
They’re performing again tonight and tomorrow as part of the final weekend of the Perth Fringe World Festival so do yourself a favour and head down to the Charles Hotel and check them out as it will likely be a good while before we see South African comedic talent like this in Perth again – you won’t be disappointed!
Did you go to the show? I’d love to know what you thought in the comments.
*Disclosure: I was invited to this event but was not financially compensated. All opinions are my own