Alan Committie puts 21st century love under the comedic microscope

Alan Committie puts 21st century love under the comedic microscope

Everyone’s favourite one-man Committie of comedy is back with his latest love-themed comedy extravaganza.
In ‘Love Factually’, landing at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre on Friday, February 26, and running until April 3, the former ‘Caveman’ will be investigating everything from Tinder to text breakups, online attractions and detractions, surviving as a post-modern, metro-quasi-dexi-semi-multi-mano-sexual, exploring single vs mingle, the apparent gift of having children and the supposed burden of family.
Committie’s long run of successful shows on stage at Montecasino include: ‘The sound of Laughter’, ‘A Load of Bull’, ‘Noises Off’, ‘Boeing! Boeing!’, ‘Perfect Wedding’, ‘No, Seriously’, ‘Stressed to Kill’, ‘TV or not TV’, ‘Titanic on Ice’, and ‘Dick and Di’.

PETER TROMP caught up with the funny man.

When did you comedic powers first manifest itself? What is the Alan Committie origin story?
As a young boy I was bitten by a radioactive clown from a travelling circus show. Although seemingly normal on the outside, I had uncontrollable urges to leap around, make silly noises and make people laugh. It was only years later that I realised people might actually pay me to do this….Seemed like a better option than being a taxidermist.

What inspired you to tackle the topic of “love” at this time?
Having performed 941 shows of ‘Defending the Caveman’ and often asked by audiences as to when I would present an updated version of the battle of the sexes, it felt like this was the right time. That, and the fact that our audiences could do with a little bit of love-talk and love-laughs at the moment.

Tell us about the show and what audiences can look forward to?
It’s part stand up, part storytelling and continues to exlore all the foibles and humour around the dynamics between men and women. I try to understand some of the modern day contraints and conventions of relationships in terms of technology, living longer and expectations that we have of the opposite gender. But, as always, the focus is on the funny. Mostly because nothing is more true than the funny.

What do you think of the movie ‘Love Actually’?
Fun movie. But like all Rom-coms it might be a bit misleading. Real life is no romantic comedy.

What advice do you have for people trying to pursue love in the digital age?
The best dating algorithm is not Tinder, or online dating sites. Those are simply introduction platforms. The best dating algorithm continues to be you. Meeting the other person. And creating a connection (or not) in the moment.

Is it safe for people to bring their dates to the show?
Of course. This is the perfecte date show. An opportunity to laugh at our own experiences and see how many of those experiences are shared by other people around us…

When was the last time you “snaughled”? (SNAUGHLING: Laughing so hard you snort, then laugh because you snorted, then snort because you laughed.)
I tuned into the Parliamentary channel recently. Hilarious. My only concern is that they seem to be sacrificing storyline for getting laughs…but loads of fun.

Where can folks follow you on social media?
On Twitter: @alancommittie; or find me on Facebook.

* Performances will take place from Wednesdays to Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets can be booked at the theatre box office on 011 511 1818, or at www.computicket.com.