Nik Rabinowitz talks about overcoming fear, the discipline of creativity and of course, makes us laugh

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Inspiration

> I can remember once doing a radio interview and I couldn’t even speak. I was gripped with fear.
> Landmark showed me that you can slip through and make a fool of yourself and just talk to people. It was a breakkthrough.
> After about ten minutes of bringing in the good stuff, people stop evaluating what’s going on and then they are with you in the palm of your hand.
> Material was a, a great experience. a great team, we created a South African film that everyone involved was extremely proud of.
> I’ve had the privilege of spending some time with the Arch, He’s so free, child-like in the way that he’s playful and expressed, He’s just an amazing guy.
> My dad is probably the person who’s had the biggest impact in me. He taught me that repetition is a basis for creativity.

Wisdom

> If you’re not comfortable with yourself, and in being yourself, the jokes will never really work.
> My advice to young comedians – Just Work.

Know How

> The weekly discipline of a radio show has been very good for me and it’s generated content for my stand-up shows as well.
> A lot of being a comic or satirist, is having an outside perspective of things, but this gets limited when a critical mass of people start to recognise you.
> I spend more time on ‘a way of being’ when telling a joke than on the joke itself.
> Before I go on I’d have a conversation with someone to clear myself, to connect a with someone else and to just be… myself…
> Comedy festivals, like the Vodacom & Bafunny Bafunny have helped comedians become the rock starts of the entertainment scene in a way.
> As a comedian you need to have somebody you work with who doesn’t actually find you that funny.

Interesting to Know

> The first impression I did was Zola Budd – I was 8 and I bore a striking resemblance to her.
> As a coloured person I find performing for… the coloured audience is my favourite….:)I actually feel at home with most South African audiences.
> We’ve had a tough year as comics. We’ve lost Pieter de Villiers, Bheki Cele, Julius… it hasn’t been easy for us.
> Wayne Merris, was actually the first, really funny guy that I met - In fact the inspiration for my Tutu impression came from him.
> I wrote a book in the Youngsters series with Gill Breslin - a brief history of African time we make some predictions for the future, in between we tell excellent jokes.
> Somebody who I would’ve loved to listen to is George Carland, who is no longer around. He’s a legend.
> One of my enduring favourites is the South African Survivor pice that I wrote.
> I just think that we’ve been, as comedians, in real trouble if we lost Jacob Zuma. I’m all for another term. Another few terms.

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