Not only is Whacked Exclusive funny guy Mpho Popps strutting his stuff with partner and Professional Dancer Nombulelo Hlathi on Strictly Come Dancing (against contestants such as Lalla Hirayama, Kuli Roberts, Thapelo Mokoena and L’vovo to name a few)…
but he has also been named one of the Young South Africans to look out for in the Arts Category of the Mail & Guardians: Top 200 Young South Africans 2013. Is there no stopping this man?! Catch Mpho on Strictly Come Dancing every Wednesday on SABC3 from 20:00 – 22:00. Tune in to see how far this comedians’ talents actually run… well, in this case, dance! Read more on his Mail & Guardians: Top 200 Young South Africans nomination here.
Mpho will also be part of the cast of the popular Mass Hysteria 3-city tour. To see him in action, live on stage, book your tickets now.No one and nothing was safe at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City this past weekend, where John Vlismas celebrated his landmark 40th birthday with capacity crowds that attended his shows…
Three shows were scheduled for this past Friday and Saturday,which featured John Vlismas on top form. This time, the diminutive trouble-maker threw everything he had at the show, giving his new material a post-modern look and feel. Multi-media, massive LED screens and custom graphics ensured that the innovative performer stayed a few steps ahead of anything staged by stand-up comics so far in SA.
The comedian is known to startle fans with cheeky and bold surprises, and this show was no exception. The opening sequence had God chatting to the crowd in his weekend end role as a DJ. If this wasn’t daring enough – Oscar Pistorius, Guptagate, retards, religion and Steve Hofmeyr as Satan all graced the stage. Nothing was spared in this comedy spectacle, which featured all new material from South Africa’s favourite black sheep.
“Now that I’ve had a chance to check out some footage from the five cams we had rolling, I am really happy. When you you start composing all this stuff in your head, you have no idea what it will look like. Also, I had the a-team on hand, between LEDVision and Proxio AV. These guys usually handle stadium gigs, and we collaborated on this as an experiment – I can honestly say that all the nights I spent working on the graphics and music were worth it,” says John, “I wanted to show people that local comedy can be slick, seamless and crispy, and I believe we did it.”
Turning 40 doesn’t mean John Vlismas will be slowing down at all, in fact he feels more inclined to say it like it is and be the voice of many South Africans who are too scared to say exactly what they think. Keep a look out for more from John Vlismas in the very near future! Click the thumbnail below to view a gallery from the show.