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Funny-man John Vlismas gets dead serious about money

South African comedian John Vlismas. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

I grew up in a home of incredibly hardworking entrepreneurs… We had no money… They built businesses…

John Vlismas

I trained as an actor… there was no work… I had to do comedy to survive… It was a commercial decision…

John Vlismas

I believe you should have something in property, stocks and art… I only collect local artists… There are only a few fans… they’re wealthy and irrational… Art is very volatile, but so is Steinhoff!

John Vlismas

Every week The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews a famous person about her or his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.) as part of his weekly “Make Money Mondays, Personal Edition” feature.

This week Whitfield interviewed comedian John Vlismas.

Vlismas is a former South African Comedy Award winner and was a finalist in the Yuk Yuk's Great Canadian Laugh Off.

  • What does Vlismas believe about money?

  • How did his childhood experiences of deprivation, or abundance, shape his views on money?

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

I’m taking it to South Africans [in Australia] I’m not fond of… those fugitives from democracy!

John Vlismas

It all started when I met Pieter-Dirk Uys…

John Vlismas

Without danger, comedy is rubbish! I like comedians with death threats from Steve Hofmeyr… It’s the enemy of stupid…

John Vlismas

Life is hilarious… the guy carrying the drinks backstage was that guy [bully at school]…

John Vlismas

I don’t remember money being a big topic…

John Vlismas

He [father] had a fruit juice factory in Durban… he put me to work…

John Vlismas

When I told them [his parents] what I wanted to do, they didn’t bat and eyelid…

John Vlismas

I think I became an adult when I realised it’s not going to go on forever…

John Vlismas

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