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October 1, 2005

Improv Comedy, Supersport Bar, Carnival City

Improvised comedy with the Improv Express.
Supersport Bar, Carnival City, Brakpan.
Darren Maule (MC) Players: Denton Douglas; Juliette Jenner; Monique Nortje; Vittorio.
R20 Cover charge. Limited unreserved seating.
Saturday 21:30

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October 2, 2005

Stand-up Comedy, Jazz Time Cafe

Stand-up comedy at Jazz Time Cafe,
The Glen Shopping Centre
R30 Cover Charge

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October 8, 2005

Improv Comedy, Supersport Bar, Carnival City

Improvised comedy with the Improv Express.
Supersport Bar, Carnival City, Brakpan.
R20 Cover charge. Limited unreserved seating.
Al Prodgers (MC) Players: Monique Nortje, Natalie Bolt, Denton Douglas, Vittorio.
Saturday 21h30.

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October 13, 2005

Stand-up Comedy, DacQs @ Boston Tea Party, Menlyn

Stand-up comedy at DacQs @ Boston Tea Party, Menlyn, Pretoria.
Thursday 20:00.
Darren Maule (MC): Vittorio; Al Prodgers.
Call +27 12 365 3625.

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October 15, 2005

Stand-up Comedy, The Windmill Casino, Bloemfontein

Stand-up comedy at the Windmill Casino, Bloemfontein
Saturday 21h00
Joe Parker (MC): Vittorio; Dave Levinsohn.

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October 20, 2005

Pranking, Confrontation and Driving

Last night I took part in a prank on a famous personality for Laugh Out Loud. It was a lot of fun and great for meeting people in an industry that I have little or nothing to do with normally. The prank went well and in the end everyone was all smiles and happiness. I, on the other hand, was not so happy inside. One thing you should realise about me is that I hate confrontation. In all ways, shapes and forms.

One would then ask the question, “So why do you do stand up comedy?” The way I do my stand up doesn’t involve being a confrontational person. I just stand up there and wax lyrical about things I’ve seen and the thoughts I’ve had. The only time a situation is likely to occur is when some Mongoloid takes offence to the truth I just unloaded on him or her. Real life is way different. I have no control over the situation. When I’m on stage, I’m on an elevated platform, all attention is on me and I have a microphone. Not so when you’re in a tense social situation. For example, if I see a fight break out and I know the people involved, or if they’re my friends, I get physically ill. I don’t like the sight of blood, especially my own. So needless to say, pulling this prank put me right in the firing line, the celebrity we pranked later admitting to me that had the “press cameras” not been there, he would’ve slugged me. Fun! Unfortunately, I can’t disclose any other details of the prank as yet because the show hasn’t aired yet. I’ll keep you posted on when it’ll be shown and hopefully, when you see it you can all go, ”Ooh, aah, that’s nice!”

Now, moving on. The Minister of Transport has decreed that today, the 20th of October 2005 is National Car Free Day where all citizens are asked to leave their cars at home and encouraged to use all forms of public transport available for one day. A nice idea I think, considering they’re using this as an early stage test for our readiness when the Soccer World Cup comes here in 2010. But I’m not so sure about the execution of it. Firstly, something you have to realise about Johannesburg if you don’t live or work here is that it’s a long way to anywhere. Statistics I’ve read state that on average, every Johannesburg commuter will spend at least 72 minutes in traffic each day. (Source: some in-flight magazine I read on a flight to Durban about a year and a half ago.) Its here I agree with the car manufacturers. If you spend that long on the road, you want to be comfortable. A taxi isn’t comfortable. Period. I’ve used one of these fine, high-speed steel coffins and I can say that its not the most pleasant experience. Regardless of what the Proudly South African Yes-men will tell you, taxis are unpleasant regardless of where in the world you go.

One thing I’m rather keen to see is the populace of the affluent Northern Suburbs abandoning their Volvos in favour of the Metro Rail.
“Will you be taking the Bentley today sir?”
“Not today Jeeves, I’ll take the graffiti riddled Metro Train instead, I’m feeling lucky.”
“Excellent choice, milord.”
Somehow… I just don’t see it happening. Face facts. The C.E.O. of a major company doesn’t arrive at work in the same taxi his staff arrives in or at all. Period.

Another problem I have with this idea is rather simple. Everyone will be leaving their cars at home for the day… the perfect temptation for any long fingered mullet wishing to liberate my car for his own personal use. Face it folks. That many people leaving their cars at home in one day? In the car theft world, that’s referred to as jubilee celebration time. I also wonder about all those Mercedes Benz driving members of parliament leaving their luxury sedans behind for the day. I’d love to see it happen. So far, the Minister of Transport is the only one leading by example. Why am I not surprised? I guess all I actually want to see is President Thabo Mbeki trading in his jet for a taxi for a day. I think, to his surprise he’ll soon discover that taxis too are capable of low-level flight.

Anyway, that’s about it from me for now. Sorry about the ridiculously long delay between articles but writers block can be a royal pain. Be well y’all. See you at a comedy gig soon I hope. Peace.

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Standup Comedy, Razoo's, Morula Sun

Standup comedy at Razoo's, Morula Sun
There is no cover charge.
Line-up: Kedibone Mulaudzi (MC); Trevor Gumbi, Vittorio, Martin Jonas
Thursday 20h30.

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October 22, 2005

Improv Comedy, Supersport Bar, Carnival City

Improvised comedy with the Improv Express.
Supersport Bar, Carnival City, Brakpan.
R20 Cover charge. Limited unreserved seating.
Players: Joe Parker (MC), Denton Douglas, Juliette Jenner, Monique Nortje; Vittorio.
Saturday 21:30.

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October 25, 2005

Stand-up Comedy, The Function Room, Banbury Cross

Stand-up comedy at the Function Room
Banbury Cross Village, C/O Hans Strydom and Olievenhout, Northriding.
R40 Cover Charge
Tuesday 20h30

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ICON 2004 Bootleg

Hallelujah! Go tell it on the mountain and shout it from every rooftop. I’ve finally got some downloadable content on my website! Yes… shocking I know. There’s more to come but for now, here you are. Anyway, the first and only clip currently available for download is that of ICON 2004, the Role-playing, comic book, anime, card-playing etc. festival I attend every year in July. However, 2004 was the first time I ever attended it. It was also the first year I ever got roped into doing stand up comedy for a room full of friends, all joined together under the banner of all things geek.

vittorio-icon-2004-broadband-high.mov

Now there are some things you should know: Firstly, I had a bad cold at the time. My voice was all but gone. Secondly, no one told me I’d be asked to do stand up for the crowd. It seemed like a spur of the moment thing. I happened by the awards tent at the right time and well, there you are then. In the end it all turned out great. In case you’re wondering about the odd fade ins and outs - the cameras battery was near death when the show was taped and with its last gasp, it was used to record this set. So, to all those of you who attend ICON every year, thanks for laughing and for your support. To those who have never seen me perform, now you have. And to those who have never seen me before, welcome and enjoy the show. Be well.

A very special thanks to Riaan for having the presence of mind to record my set. You rock dude. Thank you so much. And to Graham for slugging it out with uncooperative encoding software, may the Pink Esoteric Elephant of Silliness and Laughter watch over you always!

Broadband: vittorio-icon-2004-broadband-high.mov
Broadband lite: vittorio-icon-2004-broadband-medium.mov
Bandwidth challenged: vittorio-icon-2004-broadband-low.mov

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October 26, 2005

Radio Interview, UJFM 92.7FM

Catch me on Shaun Wewege's show from 08h00 to 09h00 GMT+2 on UJFM. We will be discussing topics ranging from standup compedy, improv comedy, and whatever else springs to mind.

Even if you are not a fan of comedy, tune in anyway, this station plays good music.

Get streaming audio from http://www.campusradio.co.za/.

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October 27, 2005

Stand-up Comedy, Tanz Cafe, River Road, Bryanston

Stand-up comedy at Tanz Cafe, The River Centre, River Road, Bryanston.
Thursday 20:30.
Cover charge R30-00.
Lineup: Darren Simpson (MC), Stacey Sacks, Vittorio, Kagiso Lediga
Sponsored by Cobra Beer
Contact Rabin Harduth +27 82 800 5982

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October 28, 2005

Standup Comedy, Supersport Bar, Carnival City

Standup Comedy at the Supersport Bar, Carnival City.
Supersport Bar, Carnival City, Brakpan.
R20 Cover charge. Limited unreserved seating.
Friday 21:30.

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October 29, 2005

Improv Comedy, Supersport Bar, Carnival City

Improvised comedy with the Improv Express.
Supersport Bar, Carnival City, Brakpan.
R20 Cover charge. Limited unreserved seating.
Players: Hannes Brummer; Natalie Bolt; Monique Nortje; Vittorio.
Saturday 21:30.

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October 30, 2005

Stand-up Comedy, Cool Runnings, Mellville

Stand-up comedy at Cool Runnings, Melville.
Sunday 20:00. R30 cover charge.
Call +27 11 326 0021.

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