Dalin Oliver’s one-man show is amusing

Dalin Oliver’s one-man show is amusing

As we approach the holiday season, more and more activities are occurring.

One such offering is the “Stay At Home Comic” performance by comedian Dalin Oliver at the Theatre On The Square till October 1.

This production is also the recipient of the 2022 Standard Bank Ovation Award, which makes Oliver especially happier to be touring the one-hour performance.

This hilarious show, written, performed, and produced by the radio and television star, is fresh from the National Arts Festival in Makhanda.

There will be a riot, but don’t worry, it’s the legal sort, and the only looting will be Oliver’s jokes, which you can share with your friends at the next braai.


IOL Entertainment interviewed the Cape Town-based comedian during his performance in Johannesburg.

Oliver says, “So, gather your WhatsApp groups and come have a good time with Mzansi’s favorite comedian, who resembles the Vin Diesel you ordered from ‘Wish’.

He sees the show as a tale about adjusting to new circumstances and making “major decisions in the future.”

“I’m thrilled to return to Johannesburg, I adore performing here. The city and its inhabitants have always been quite kind to me.

“I have many great memories on and off the stage. Capetonians that have relocated to Johannesburg, coupled with Johannesburg natives, is always the greatest.

“When I was just starting out in comedy, I would visit close friends and sleep on their couches and mattresses in order to save money while playing here. Thankfully, I no longer have to couch surf, but the trip has been one of which I am really proud.

“The intention of the show is to make it accessible to people of all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. In this program, I explore my identity through discussing life space, difficult living situations, etc.

“This is also a good way of saying that I want to explore different environments and travel more internationally beginning next year. This must be done with my material and writing in order for my humor to be global.”

Dalin Oliver. Picture: Rizqua Barnes

Oliver was a teacher before he became a comedian, so he has something to fall back on if his jokes get rusty in the future.

Oliver’s stand-up routine ensures that the audience will have a relatable experience.

“It’s really a therapy session in which I vent about my neighbors. It’s my favorite accounts of their experiences and encounters. Although their adult tennis sounds are louder than Notorious B.I.G. at full volume, one of my neighbors routinely complains about the volume of my music.

“Occasionally, they even sing along with the music I’m playing. Isn’t it such a double standard? Then, the cat of my other neighbor chose to make my flat his second home, where he resides rent-free. I don’t mind; he’s a cool cat.

“I have not yet accepted it formally, but this is South Africa, where everything is possible.

“I can usually locate a connection through a family member who knows someone at cat home affairs who will sign the paperwork making me the legal owner.” There is so much going on here.”

“I feel like I’m living in a soap opera since my neighbors have exposed me to so much. It is more dramatic than when Marlena was possessed on “Days of Our Lives” in my generation.

“The TikTok users have no idea who Marlena and Stefano DiMera are/were,” he laughed.

He concluded, “What I’m trying to say is, if you want to learn more about my neighbors and all of their antics, come to my show.”

Online reservations can be done through Computicket or by calling 0861 915 8000.

Family amusement

The summer break has arrived, and children require entertainment.

Sun City beckons youngsters to a magnificent land of enchantment, where they can have boundless fun, particularly between the ages of one and twelve.

The family-friendly resort offers a variety of recreational activities for the whole family, such as the Valley of Waves, but children may also burn off excess energy through engaging educational programs and supervised daycare.

Where: The Hotel Cabanas

When: Open daily for morning sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and afternoon sessions from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Each session costs R120 per child, however lunch is not included.

Folklore Festival

The inaugural Folklore event closes up Heritage Month.

The festival features a variety of creative works from North, South, East, and West Africa.

With food stalls, a craft market, and a kids kraal including “Toys With Roots,” seminars, and book readings provided by Ethnikids, this is the ideal family day out.

Where: Johannesburg’s National School of the Arts.

Date: October 1

Tickets cost between R80 and R200. Visit: https://qkt.io/FolkloreFestival


Phil Collins Performs

Fans of the iconic singer, songwriter, and guitarist Phil Collins are in for a treat with a special tribute event.

Concertgoers may anticipate hearing favorites such as “In The Air Tonight,” “Against All Odds,” and “Easy Lover,” among others.

Brandon Jonathan, a gifted lead vocalist, will take the audience on a musical trip through Collins’ illustrious career.

A dynamic four-piece band and an exhilarating live horn section will join him on stage.

Where: at the Roxy Revue Bar in GrandWest.

Date: October 1

Tickets begin at R150 and can be purchased at Quicket or at the door for R200.

Dina Elwedidi in Concert

Only two performances of Egyptian music sensation and former Rolex protégé Dina Elwedidi in Concert are available for viewing.

The singer and composer will perform at The Baxter for the first time in South Africa, bringing with her a style that fuses native oriental and worldwide music genres.

She is accompanied by a group of six skilled musicians.

Location: Baxter Theatre

When: 30 September and 1 October

Cost: R150.

30 Up Bash

DJs from Cape Town are getting together to party hard with adults over 30. Northern DJs Waggy, Kixia, and Shane Langdon will destroy the decks. Dr. Jules and Renno are two individuals from the South.

Where: Hanover Street, GrandWest.

When: September 30.

Cost: R80.


Africa Poetry Festival

For the twenty-sixth straight year, the Poetry Africa Festival showcases South African and international poetry.

With the topic “Poetic (In)Justice: Voices that Breathe, Move, and Transform,” the experience promises to be enlightening.

The festival has a program filled with poetry by renowned poets, young, aspiring poets, and international spoken-word performers.

Joburg, Durban, and the digital sphere will be alive with the sound of poets performing live, bringing their impassioned, inspiring insights on life and current events, as well as the strength and beauty of the spoken word.

South African poets Lebo Mashile, Phillippa Yaa De Villiers, and Siphokazi Jonas are featured in the lineup. The festival welcomes international artists Paul Gausch (Catalan), Nachla Libre (Sweden), Lydol (Cameroon), and Philip Meersman (Belgium).

Where: University of KwaZulu-Centre Natal’s for Creative Arts

When: October 6 through October 16.

Cost is R50 through Webtickets.

KZN Philharmonic Ensemble

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2022 Spring Season runs every Thursday and features a strong lineup of foreign and local talent.

Associate guest conductor Daniel Boico kicks off the season’s first night with an eclectically thrilling concert program.

The evening’s exciting opener is Dances of Galánta by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály.

This is followed by a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a renowned jazz-inspired composition, with SA soloist Nina Schumann at the piano.

After intermission, South African soloists and choristers perform selections from Handel’s heroic oratorio Judas Maccabaeus.

Nombuso Dladla, Khumbuzile Dlamini, Thabiso Mademene, Bongani Kubekha, the Clermont and Zama High School Choirs, and the choral conductors Brian Msizi Mnyandu and Njabulo Ndlovu are included in the lineup.

The Playhouse Opera is located.

When: October 6 to October 27

R50 is charged via Quicket.

Brush & Breakfast

The Pav presents Brush & Brunch, a day of wonderful music, delicious food, and a chance to be creative while shopping for one-of-a-kind clothes.

The admittance cost includes a welcome drink, a selection of tapas, and a blank canvas.

In addition to receiving artwork to take home, you will be treated to a live performance.

Pavilion Social Gallery-Pavilion Shopping Centre

Date: October 1

R350 through Quicket. Space is restricted.

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