12 01 2010

Well. It’s the new year. New month. New decade. Call it what you want, it’s new. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I missed quite a few things on my list of things that I wanted to do back in 2009. I did, however, manage to achieve more things than I didn’t manage, so I’m going to spin it as a victory.

Needless to say (but I’m going to say it anyway), the list carries over to 2010, and I feel sure that this time I am going to finish it. Hey, I mean, I have already ticked off one more thing already, which I’ll get to telling you in a bit.

The list then, as it stands now:

  • Paintballing (with friends)
  • Go-Karting
  • How I Met Your Mother marathon (All episodes back to back)
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Random tour of the country
  • Snowboarding

And then, here are a few new things that have been added to the list:

  • The Big Bang Theory marathon (All episodes back to back)
  • Swim in a natural pool, preferably with a waterfall.
  • Karaoke again
  • See an international band
  • McDonalds tour (Visit every McDonalds (at least 10) in my area and order something from each of them)
  • See a movie at IMax
  • Watch a comedy show
  • Bungee jumping
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sky diving
  • Driving range
  • Firing range

Ok I know there are a few duplicates on this list. But they were so awesome that I wanted to do them again.

With that, onto the post about karaoke!

So we were on holiday down in Ramsgate, and one night I decided that we were going to go sing karaoke. By we I mean myself and my GF, her friend from uni and her sister, and a whole bunch of randoms that the friend had invited. Was a really fun holiday all in all, but too short for my liking and too many randoms I didn’t know that well.

So everybody got really drunk in preparation for karaoke, which is something you need to do apparently (although me and my GF didn’t have anything all afternoon or evening). We then missioned off to a place called Friendz, where they have Karaoke with Henk and Felicity on a Saturday between 9 and midnight. Random place and very Afrikaans, but otherwise decent.

So we get in there, get a table, even though it was pretty full, for 12 people. We then looked through the karaoke menu, and after a few nervous discussions, most of us put our song choices down. Some people wussed out and didn’t sing anything all night though, which was lame.

First of our group to go up with my GF, who had volunteered to sing Barbie Girl by Aqua. Not remembering that there was a male part to the song, the host had to step in and join the song, but I quickly stepped in and took the mic from him halfway through the song. I know how daunting it can be to sing in front of people for the first time, and wanted to show support. Big props though for getting up there first, on your first time.

A few more randoms went and sang some random songs (not half-bad though I might add), but then it was my turn. I got up and totally rocked out to You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi. It was awesome and everybody was really supportive and awesome. A bit later in the night, I signed up for Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns ‘n’ Roses and totally rocked that too.

Later in the night, a few of our group sang some songs too. The classic I Will Survive and a few others I can’t remember.  My GF also got up and sang Hit Me Baby, One More Time, which was supposed to be with her uni friend, but she had gone home quickly to drop off people who faded way early.

All in all it was a really awesome time, and aside from the crazy aggressive creeps, who stood on the “dancefloor” perving the female singers, it was really fun. I’ll definitely want to go again sometime. Now I just need to find a place that offers it on weekends here in Joburg.


Comedy Show

31 03 2009

This past Sunday 29 March 2009, I attended my first comedy show. Held at Cool Runnings Melville, this featured a lot of up and coming comedians. Well, up and coming in the sense that I had never heard of them before.

Anyway, the club is a little dodgey (they lead you down into a basement where the audience is shoved together like sardines, there is no fresh air circulating and the seats are hard) but the comedy is outstanding. The MC for the evening had me in stitches, and his style was very in your face. He swears, tells dirty stories and insults the audience (Tip: Don’t sit in the front row if you don’t want to be picked on). Some of the comedians were a little lame, (shame the one guy wasn’t getting many laughs, I felt a little bad) but most had people in stitches.

The one guy called himself 2Dogs. Without sounding too judging, he looked like he was washing dishes in the back yesterday, and his comedic style seemed to back that up. Told in second-language English (You know, sort of stilted), he had the whole audience rolling around on the floor. I will retell a few of the jokes he told, but chances are it was one of those “be-there moments” and you will just look at me like I am crazy.

2Dogs: People. They come up to me and say “Hey, why are you called 2Dogs. Where is the other dog?”. And I say, no man it is just a name.

2Dogs: You don’t go up to Zola7 and ask “Where is the other 6 Zola?”.

2Dogs: Ok… Now. Imagaine I am Zola7.

2Dogs: You know. I like smoking. So … why did 2Dogs cross the road … Because they were smoking on the other side.

See? Told you that you would think I am mad. But really, he was funny.

Other highlights included the coloured comedian guy, who had some pretty witty observation about coloured life. Such as how coloured people start a fight (tilt their heads to the side and walk up to you. “Ek se, jy ken my” No dude, I don’t. You’re not my friend because otherwise we wouldn’t be having this disagreement. “Ja. Eks Boontjies” Ok so I’m meant to be scared of a guy named Beans?). There was even a guy with a puppet. You know … a ventriloquist? He was pretty good too, very in the vein of Jeff Dunham.

All in all I would highly recommend to everybody to go out one Sunday evening to Cool Runnings in Melville and check this underground comedy show out. R30 (R20 with student card) will get you access to the show, it starts at 19:30 and lasts for about three hours, so it’s really good value for money.

And finally, here are some tips for you.

  • If you are easily offended, you might want to give this a miss as 90% the jokes are dirty and offensive.
  • Get there relatively early to guarantee yourself a seat.
  • If you sit in the front, right in front of the stage, expect to get picked on and ridiculed all night.
  • Parking is pretty safe, just ignore the “car guards” (right what a joke) trying to sell you marijuana (Swazi).
  • Have fun. You’ve probably never laughed so hard in your life.

Also, check out The List (or click the link up up there) of things I want to do in 2009. This was one of them, and now it’s checked off. Constantly updated!