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“I don’t like failing” smiles 22-year-old Wayvinne Dawson when asked why he is trying his hand at stand-up comedy in South Africa. Glancing at his biography that piece of personal philosophy certainly rings true. Wayvinne Dawson has faced seemingly insurmountable odds in his short time on earth and withered the opposition each time to reveal himself as a promising stand-up comedian on the move under the guidance of comedy great John Vlismas.
When he was taken away from his alcoholic mother at age 12, Wayvinne was placed in Boystown Durban where he excelled in the subjects of rebellious behaviour and general hooliganism. “I was a problem child” he grins.
After matriculating as Head Boy with several sporting accolades Dawson’s aunt assisted him in securing a job at a bank in Johannesburg where he moved from teller, through the accounts department to Customer Services Relations Officer. Here he was inspired by a regular client to seek a career in sales. “He drove an M3 and convinced me that selling meant more control over your income so I switched.”
At Wierda Valley one evening Wayvinne met comedian and comedy agent Joe Parker and was offered a business card which he pocketed. Wayvinne started writing material in his spare time and bumped into another young and aspiring comedian Nqoba Ncquba at a Pizza Parlour who introduced him to the comedy club circuit. Wayvinne tested his comedy on the audiences of the Horror Café and John Vlismas’s Comedy Underground at Cool Runnings in Melville and took immediately to the open stage.
“I enjoy comedy because I like to control the room. The challenge of getting through to different audiences makes me go back time and again with new material to test.” Having always lived to extremities Wayvinne finds the stage yet another platform to push the envelope however this youngster believes that when you start to fall you can stop yourself. “Comedy is about reading the audience. I have died once or twice, we all do! You’ve just got to be honest with yourself and re-examine the material you used and the nature of the audience you used it on.”
Though Wayvinne’s life experiences remain very far away from those of many, the humour he shares with his audiences is deeply inspired by their ability to associate with him on stage and share the joke.
Wayvinne now performs regularly on the Gauteng comedy circuit participating in Joe Parker’s Comedy Express, John Vlismas’s Comedy Underground, the New Melville Theatre, Morula Sun, Nu-Breed Comedy Jam and The Winston Kingsize comedy showcase. He hosts evenings at Back to Basix and Keyes @ the avenue and voices a character on e-tv’s new animation series Jozi Zoo.
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