THEY say, “Life begins at 40”. Riaad Moosa invites the audience along to his brand new one-man show, Life Begins, to join him in figuring out whether life really does begin at 40. Life Begins comes to East London’s Guild Theatre on May 13.
“Even though I am turning 40 this year, in many ways, I feel like I’m still crawling and I’m looking back at my journey from being an aspirational doctor, coming from a relatively conservative background, where both my parents were doctors, and how I actually journeyed to becoming a stand-up comedian,” Moosa said.
As an award-winning comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa’s most popular and acclaimed funnymen and he happens to be a qualified medical doctor too. Known as the “Comedy Doctor”, he certainly seems to have the remedy for the nation’s ills – a healthy dose of laughter, straight up – and hold the aspirin!
Life Begins is a snapshot into the life of Riaad Moosa – being a father of three kids, a husband, comedian, actor and with all the current cultural and political issues thrown in too.
“The show is very philosophical and existential. It involves the normal issues of getting older, while at the same time experiencing, a maturity where I’m supposed to be wise, a world that is completely turned on its head – with Trump, with Brexit; In South Africa, the ‘State Capture’, ‘Fees Must Fall’, ‘DOOM’,” he said.
“ And it’s about how I negotiate all these things happening around me, while trying to maintain a positive attitude. Through my comedic lens, I hope to put a different spin on that and, hopefully, I can enter my next 40 years with renewed vigour and excitement,” Moosa added.
The show is rated PG for language. Tickets cost R150 and are now open at Computicket online and various outlet stores. The show starts at 8pm.
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