While a man in a tuxedo is hardly even photo-worthy these days, put the same tuxedo on a chimpanzee and all of a suddenly it’s a bigger joke than being paid your salary in cookies and lasagne. Like alchemy, no one really understands why apes make people go ape, but with today’s Groupon you can see the effects for yourself with a ticket to see Monkey Nuts at The Baxter Theatre for R50.
A better combination than mornings and coffee or college textbooks and highlighters is the award-winning duo of celebrated actor Matthew Ribnick and acclaimed writer and director, Geraldine Naidoo. Gossip around the water-coolers in offices everywhere is that Monkey Nuts is one of the funniest and most cleverly-constructed shows on South Africa’s circuit these days and that the versatile and vibrant Boksburg boytjie, Ribnick, is at his most energetic best.
Following the life of Edgar Chambers and his only friend – a monkey who lives in the back of a pet shop – the show has had many a crowd-member gasping for breath. It’s not just the plot that has people in stitches, though admittedly, there’s something hilarious about someone whose main hobby is monitoring the prices of grocery items and entering all sorts of competitions. What really has people giving the show standing-ovations in Ribnicks portrayal of the bevy of characters that have some sort of connection to Edgar. With transitions faster and more seamless than a knee-jerk reaction, you’ll be hard-pressed to remember that it’s only one man.
Winner of the prestigious Naledi award for ‘Best Comedy Performance’, Monkey Nuts proves better for your stomach muscles than four hours of gym with an ingenious mix of glib story-telling, situational comedy and hilarious characters.
Funny Fact: In the early 1970’s, an epidemic arose in the southern states of America when a travelling comedian told jokes so funny that many viewers cracked ribs, became dehydrated or burst blood-vessels during his show.