Local audiences are in for a treat with the premiere of ‘Men’s Issue’, which teams up Cape Town funny men Stuart Taylor and Kurt Schoonraad with hot-mouthed radio personality Nigel Pierce of Good Hope FM, and award-winning director Heinrich Reisenhofer, in the Baxter Theatre from February 5 to 23 at 8pm nightly.
The brand new collaboration is an outrageous magazine-show spoof about maturing men dealing with the modern world. ‘Men’s Issue’ combines stand-up comedy and sketches with audience interaction, while examining the expectations and anxiety of men trying to keep up with the metrosexual male ideal. It poses the critical question: are men becoming obsolete in today’s world and, if so, what do they need to do to avoid extinction?
This jam-packed first-edition comedy includes a cooking demonstration for men who can’t cook, a metrosexual fashion make-over for the clueless, discovering the dark side of male grooming, a retrospective of home-gym fads over the last three decades, crazy give-aways and much, much more.
This unique matching of two comics and a radio DJ was born out of a dare during one of the interviews on Nigel Pierce’s show on Goodhope FM that Kurt Schoonraad and Stuart Taylor regularly did.
Director Reisenhofer explains: “This production is really about what men think, what they do and how they sometimes get it wrong. However, the question for us was whether Nigel – who is notorious for his on-air comedy antics and contentious statements – could be as funny on a live comedy stage? When a space became available at the Baxter Theatre, Stuart and Kurt jumped at the opportunity to challenge him and test his mettle to join them on stage.”
‘Men’s Issue’ is also a historic moment for long-time friends and ex-house mates, Schoonraad and Taylor, who will be performing together for the first time. Both Schoonraad and Taylor began their comedy careers together at the CCC (Cape Comedy Collective) along with Marc Lottering, Loyiso Gola and Riaad Moosa, taking their first steps to becoming the national heavyweight comedians that they are today.
“Stuart called me up last year and wanted to know if I’d like to be part of a comedy show called ‘Men’s Issue’. He took me to lunch and dinner for eight weeks, bought me gelato and a lollipop,” jokes Pierce. “I still said no. Then he started crying and bribed me and even promised me a rondawel at Nkandla. How could I say no?”
“With us as the newly-formed three Cape musketeers it was just a matter of finding the right director and co-producer to pull our diverse talents and personalities into one unified show”, says Stuart. “It had to be Heinrich -The Hof- Reisenhofer. The guy is an award-winning director and the name behind the ‘Joe Barber’ series. It was the final piece of puzzle that completed this company of male misfits.”
Schoonraad agrees, that “From there the subject matter for the show practically created itself. What else would a group of successful middle-aged men talk about but all things ‘manne’? In the last two decades men’s magazines have set a daunting benchmark of ideals that ‘desirable’ men are now supposed to aspire to. This is surely something that needs to be addressed and interrogated with comic velocity, and thus the ‘Men’s Issue’ concept was born.”
So, move over GQ, Men’s Health, Oprah, FHM, Top Billing and Dr Phil. When these guys hit the Baxter Theatre stage from February 5 to 23, they are going to show you how it should be done.
* There is an age restriction of 13 and parental guidance is advised. Shows are at 8pm nightly. Ticket prices range from R80 (Mondays and Tuesdays), R100 (Wednesdays and Thursdays) and R120 over weekends (Fridays and Saturdays).
Book at Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.co.za or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet.