18 January 2013

Namibia: Lazarus Jacobs Is 'Keeping Up With the Kandeshis'

After a year's absence from the local comedy scene, veteran comedian Lazarus Jacobs will once again take to the National Theatre of Namibia stage to bring audiences one of his signature, highly controversial, yet thought-provoking, one-man shows.

Titled 'Keeping up with the Kandeshis', it seems Jacobs, who has a large following of young Namibian fans on the social networking site, Twitter, hopes to appeal to a younger audience and is sure to raise a few significant issues.

"I do observational comedy which has a tint of political satire. Our society is constantly evolving and that provides plenty of material. This ranges from parliament to the ordinary person on the street. I try to keep my material fresh by giving a different perspective to the many issues I want to raise in my shows."

The comedian refuses to give anything away, but promises that comedy fans can expect fresh material and hopefully experience a big dose of laugh out loud moments.

"The name (of the show) is quite 'loaded' so I suggest that you come and see for yourself. This show has been a year in the making. And it's going to be much different from all the other shows I have done in terms of style and substance."

Jacobs has been doing comedy since the 1990s.

Back then him and fellow comedian, Neville Basson were the only two comedians who stood out in trying to make Namibian audiences more familiar with the then not so popular genre of entertainment.

Today, however, Jacob credits the younger generation of comedians for helping stand-up comedy become widely accepted and appreciated.

"The guys at 'Free Your Mind' must be given credit for doing what they did, in other words broadening the base. As a pioneer of stand-up comedy in Namibia that was something that I have failed dismally at!"

As for opening acts, Jacobs will be looking to have one of the 'Free Your Mind' comedians warming the audience up for the evening.

"I am hoping to get 'Free Your Mind' to give up somebody, but with Slick the Dick having ambitions to buy a Bentley I don't suppose they will come cheap."

Also in the line up will be Jacobs' daughter Nameya, who recently performed at the Namibia Fashion Show in November.

'Keeping up with the Kandeshis' will take place on on Friday, March 8, at the NTN in Windhoek.

Tickets are available for N$120 in advance and N$130 at the door on the evening. The show will start at 20h00.

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