Celebrated Writer, Director and Performer J.Bobs Tshabalala is back in Cape Town with his game show J. Bobs Live: Off The Record.
What is it you ask? Is it improvisation, theatre sports, stand-up comedy?
It does indeed borrow from the tropes of theatre sports. It does demand an inclination toward improvisation. There are elements of stand-up comedy in it. But, all in all, these are game shows! We are talking buzzers, bells, quizzes, prizes, challenges, points, teams, rivalry, cheats, the works!
This show has become a cult gem due to its high energy, edgy and entertaining performance style. One second it is a riotous laughter festival and the next second it is a scathing critique of how complicit we all are in the horrors that make up this nation. It is an exploration rich in critical engagement, robust debate and thorough research. The competition element then decorates all these complex workings in a way that makes even the most gruesome subject matter digestible.
J. Bobs Live: Off The Record wins awards
J. Bobs Live: Off The Record is the two-time Cape Town Fringe Festival award-winning performance which scooped the Freshest Show and Spirit of Fringe awards. In 2018, it won the Gold Ovation Award at The National Arts Festival.
Do yourself a favour and come and see why this concept is creating such a large buzz in the alternative live arts sphere. There’s an amazing line up of fascinating and funny guests including entertainers, writers, intellectuals and smarty-pants. Here’s the line-up so far, but be warned! It is subject to change.
Tuesday 29 January:
Terence Mentor, Tazme Pillay, Tim Leibbrandt & Kyle De Villiers
Wednesday 30 Januray
Sam Beckbessinger, Tamira Gunzburg, and Anja Venter & Limpho Moeti of podcast Bad Form
Thursday 31 January
Matthew Barge, Ernesto Ismail, Amit Prag & Marty Kintu
Friday 1 February
Sam Wilson, Codi Carelse, Carla Lever & Gerald Schreiner
Saturday 2 February at 4pm
Saturday 2 February at 9pm
Rob Coutts and TBA
What: J.Bobs Live: Off the Record
Where and when: Alexander Bar from 29 Jan to 2 Feb 2019