South African stand- up comedian John Vlismas sits down with Eusebius McKaiser to talk about his one-man show titled 'The End'.
The show deals with Vlismas’ father’s passing and he says it is an important show for him as he has never been one to speak publically about his personal life.
I am like the Tim Noakes of comedy, I think my old comedy was embarrassing, it was all the same stereotypical rubbish, and I feel like I have re-written my book, and now I talk about what I want to talk about rather than what the crowd wants. The truth is I was formed as a comic in a toxic audience.— John Vlismas, Stand-up comedian
He adds that he is at a point in his life where he wants to make a body of work that is worth documenting.
Vlismas says he wants to make jokes about things that are difficult; hence, this current show is about death.
I have always been a fan of the most dangerous comedy, and all my comedy heroes have been people who skirted on the edge of danger. People like Richard Pryor and Pieter-Dirk Uys.— John Vlismas, Stand-up comedian
He says in the time preceding his father's passing, he spent a lot of time with him and he knew that the time spent would produce something.
That would be my final tribute to my dad, which I consider being a gift from him because he was the funny guy in the family. I felt that the show would be my final legacy to let people reflect on the deaths in their families, but use comedy as a relief.— John Vlismas, Stand-up comedian
He says people wishing to see the show can get tickets on Computicket and the final show is on 2 June.
Listen below to the full conversation: