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Prodgers and Robertson act tests waters
By Latoya Newman
ACCLAIMED comedians Al Prodgers and Warren
Robertson bring their first joint show to
Durban this week and apparently the reason
for them hooking up is mainly because
Prodgers loves Robertson “for his body”.
Asked why they chose Durban
to the stage the show first,
Robertson said it was because the
city was a great place to
“test new things”.
Okay, before I get myself and Tonight sued, let
me clarify the above statements – which I only
wrote as a payback stunt because I was
warned my interview with the two crazy
comics last week was being recorded.
Yes! Prodgers and Robertson are coming to
Durban this week. And no! They have not
hooked up; they’ll just be bringing the crazy
on stage together in their stand-up comedy
show, Double Take.
Prodgers said Robertson would be taking the
first half of the show and himself the second,
with a bit of an off-the-wall mish-mash with
the audience in between.
A teaser for the tour (check it out on
www.alprodgers.co.za) provides clips from
each comedian in previous shows, giving a
taste of the hilarity each has to offer.
But they are going to take the funny to a
whole new level, judging from their
interaction with each other and me during
that insane experience of an interview.
Robertson explains how the show came about:
“This was Prodgers’s idea. Whenever we saw
each other at gigs we realised we share a
sense of humour. Prodgers said he wanted to
tour and it just took off from there.”
Prodgers continues: “We wanted to introduce
ourselves to Durban. Also, I really enjoy
Robertson’s mind, he’s got this mind…,” to
which Robertson breaks in: “He really just
loves me for my body!”
Brief pause. Silence. Burst of laughter. I then
get that it is them pranking me for the second
time and I join the laughter as we carry on.
“When I see Robertson on stage, I see this
brilliant guy acting crazy and I’m the kind of
crazy guy acting brilliant,” says Prodgers.
Robertson picks up on answering why they
chose Durban to debut their show: “Durban
has a whole lot of experience when it comes
to comedy. Some of the best comedians in the
country come from Durban.”
Soon before we part ways, Robertson decides
it best to send me off with a vivid image
floating around in my mind: “No, really, you
don’t want to know that Prodgers is wearing
no pants,” he blurts out.
Of course, Prodgers joins in on their third
prank and offers: “I came to his office to do
this interview and he told me it was No Pants
Day at work!”
They have honed their comedy skills in
Canada, the UK and slightly more
(comedically) surreal places such as Uganda
Prodgers can be wry, witty and whimsical, but
he never forgets our humanity. The South
Africa Times in London wrote of his
performance: “You’re likely to come away
with new respect for the power of laughter
and the role it has played in transforming a
Robertson has been described by comic
legend, Mel Miller, as: “Probably the smartest,
funniest young comedian in the country
This pair is bringing their best material
material to Durban, but have also left space
for improvised interaction with the audience
to keep every evening topical. It’s this
unpredictable element and a few adult
references that ensure Double Take gets a No
under-18 age restriction.
Catch Double Take at the Seabrooke’s Theatre
(R85) from Friday to Sunday and at the
Rhumbelow Theatre (R100) from September 7
to 9. Bookings are through Computicket.
This article first appeared on www.iol.co.za for
Tonight: August 21 2012 at 11:18am
30th August 2012