Contrary to popular belief, buying a bucket of popcorn and taking a seat next to a mannequin in a large department store as chaos ensues on sale day does not count as seeing a show. Neither does spending a night in front of your PC with 57 video clips lined up in the playlist. Get out for a real show with today’s Groupon; pay R60 for a ticket to see Africa Clockwise at the Old Mutual Theatre on The Square, valued at R120.
Mark Sampson is a master of comedy and specialises in tackling hard-to-handle topics and turning them into a festival of laughs. Hot on the heels of his previous two sold-out shows, Missing Links and Feels Funny, which comically explored evolution and depression respectively, comes his latest offering Africa Clockwise. Focusing on the ever-present issue of climate change, Sampson takes you on a wild ride filled with laughs as he picks apart the topic.
Africa Clockwise is more than just a stand-up comedy show, it’s a revolutionary journey and his most tasking quest to date. Sampson challenges everyday notions surrounding the issue of climate change and raises some thought-provoking points, all the while giving your tummy a hearty workout as you fight for air between laughs.
During the show, he outlines how he plans to challenge his children to deal with climate change as they embark on a two year trek around the coast of Africa. It’s not only his family who form part of his set as he assumes the role of the host of a crazy game show in which he dares the audience to ‘Beat the Heat’.
The hilarious show seeks to entertain as well as inform its audience, and looks at some of the more ridiculous aspects of the modern consumerist lifestyle. Going green has never been this funny.
Performing fact: In a bizarre case of hypnosis gone wrong, a young lady was convinced she was the lead actress in the play of her life and was unable to snap out of it. Although there were remarkably few problems, she was accused of being over-dramatic on several occasions and it was said that her ‘off-stage’ version of herself was particularly unpleasant to be around.