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We’ve seen some bad to average comedy lately, so it was a real treat to watch 90 uninterrupted and hilarious minutes of Pieter-Dirk Uys (PDU) and Evita Bezuidenhout plus a little David Attenborough and Pik Botha on stage in the satirist’s new one-man show #HeToo.
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Created to say the things that PDU couldn’t – first for a newspaper column and then a TV show – Evita Bezuidenhout has been in the lives of South Africans since 1980; as a wife, a grandmother, a cadre and arguably one of the most famous white women in the country. PDU finally shared the stage with Evita at the Pieter Torien Theatre last month, unleashing one helluva set for the best-known 73-year-old in the town of Darling.
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As PDU did his makeup on stage and transformed from one character to another, he invited the audience on a personal reflection of his and Evita’s careers; an opportunity to reflect on South Africa’s painful but beautiful history. PDU addressed the woman who, albeit non-existent, during the height of the 1980s surpassed his own identity to a degree. Even Tata Mandela asked to meet Evita and not PDU when he first met the comedian.
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The show was sidesplitting, and while PDU suggested in parts that it was all about the silliness, we know that good comedy is so much more. It’s a dissection of any society’s past – the good, the bad and the ugly. In many ways, this show felt like PDU’s salute to both his career and South Africa. As he says, “When I look at the world, I can’t help think to myself, I’d rather be here than anywhere else.”
by Frank-Lee in the front row
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