Alyn Adams Cannabliss at Parker's Montecasino
ALYN ADAMS’ CANNABLISS @ PARKERS MONTECASINO JHB
Show: CANNABLISS: EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT DAGGA BUT KEEP FORGETTING TO ASK
Date: Sun 8 September 2019
Time: 7pm for 7:30 show start
Venue: Parker’s Comedy & Jive, Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg
Tickets: R100 pre-sale from Quicket.co.za or R130 at the door
More info: facebook.com/TheSwingCafe
Written & performed by Alyn Adams
Produced by Swing Café Entertainment & Alyn Adams
DURATION: 45 – 60 minutes [Cannabliss will run uninterrupted in the second half of the evening, from approximately 8.20pm – an MC and opening act will perform before interval]
SYNOPSIS: Oddly enough for a show called Cannabliss: Everything You Want To Know About Dagga But Keep Forgetting To Ask, the target market isn’t dagga-smokers and Rastafarians – although they’re all welcome.
In a one-man performance that’s part stand-up comedy, part ‘lecture with jokes’, Alyn Adams hopes to explain to respectable South Africans – in other words, all those people who have no interest in getting high on the herb and who never will – why they should care about cannabis, nevertheless.
‘Industrial hemp, that’s why – according to no less an authority than Forbes magazine, it’s an agricultural miracle plant with hundreds of uses,’ says the Durban Poison Comedy Roadshow alumnus. ‘The growing and processing of hemp could be transforming our rural economy and our industrial sector and providing massive amounts of employment.’
And, as he explains in the show, there are several reasons why it would quickly become easier and more profitable to grow industrial hemp than psychoactive dagga, should hemp become an unrestricted legal crop.
It’s not all science and statistics, though – Cannabliss is also a 10 000-year amble through human history, stopping to smoke the flowers, revealing cannabis’ industrial, agricultural, medicinal, religious and recreational roles through the ages.
And yes, although the show is firmly aimed at respectable people, there will be jokes to amuse the stoners too. Alyn has always catered to the highest common denominator.
In honour of this auspicious occasion we have produced some quality embroidered caps for sale at R150. Pre-order yours when you buy your ticket and collect on the night.
Alyn Adams began his comedy career in Durban in the 90s, performing improv in Comedy Games at Jam & Sons and later graduating to stand-up with the Durban Poison Comedy Roadshow, which played to great acclaim in Durban, Grahamstown and Johannesburg.
In the 25 years since he started out, he has worked on most of the comedy stages in South Africa, including countless pub gigs at the likes of Punchline Pub at the Joburg Theatre (Braamfontein), Hurricanes (Fourways), Comedy Warehouse (Cape Town), Hysterix (Randburg and Pretoria), Emerald Casino (Vanderbijlpark), the Winston (Durban), Windmill Casino (Bloemfontein), Funnybones (Northcliff), Boardwalk Casino (Port Elizabeth), Tings & Times (Pretoria), Sibaya Casino (Durban), Comedy Underground (Melville), Grand West Casino (Cape Town), the Goliath Comedy Club (Sandton), the Keg & Beagle (Linksfield), Cape Town Comedy Club (V&A Waterfront) and Parker’s Comedy & Jive (Montecasino, Fourways & Silverstar Casino, Krugersdorp).
Alyn has appeared at the Cape Town International Comedy Festival, the Durban International Comedy Festival and the city’s Heat City Comedy Festival, and in theatres in Johannesburg and Durban with the Joburg Comedy Cartel. He has performed his Vita-nominated solo stand-up show, Rant Boy, at the Grahamstown Festival, the Joburg Theatre and the Cellar, KwaZulu-Natal Playhouse, Durban, and his second solo outing, F*** Off, Mr Chips, at the Hilton Festival.
His MC work with the band BOO! – and his love of music festivals in general – have allowed him to perform stand-up at Splashy Fen, Oppikoppi and Up The Creek, among others. Alyn is also a regular on the comedy line-up at the annual Icon Festival in Johannesburg; his absurd philosophical meanderings are a favourite with comic-book and gaming geeks.
For almost 12 years, he wrote a weekly humour column in KZN’s Sunday Tribune called Headspace, which won the inaugural Times Comic Pen Award at the SA Comics’ Choice Awards in 2012.
Alyn now lives in Hilton, where he writes. Sometimes, even for money.