Martin Evans evokes tears of laughter at Kalk Bay Theatre with his show FBPK

It’s been a long time since I laughed till I cried when watching very pared-down theatre; no props, no set, lighting, music and most importantly no made-up characters. I know you all know what stand-up is, but what you won’t know is that Martin Evans is a genuinely hilarious comic and FBPK is award-winning comedy. His style is unique and he seems to really enjoy what he does.

What he does, is tell stories. The stories of his life are punctuated by brilliant political commentary and tackling of the most taboo of subjects in South Africa. FBPK won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and Evans has been described as having one of the “finest comedy minds in the business, with a sense of humour that is sharp, intelligent and sophisticated.”  He is also a popular MC and radio presenter.

Martin Evans had an amazingly diverse upbringing, in the UKand in RSA and his experiences of his childhood as a young rooinek in remote areas ofSouth Africa and the ensuing fears are excellent fodder for his shows.

He tells of his road to recovery and self-discovery following a terrible scooter accident, caused by the only wind in the world which has a degree – The Cape Doctor! Evans doesn’t feel the need to tell jokes, thankfully, just a no-holds-barred account of life using scooter humour, tales of different cultures, learning Afrikaans from soapies while in a state hospital and much more.

And no, I can’t tell you what FBPKstands for, you will need to find out for yourself, as Simon Cooper owner of Kalk Bay Theatre says “ – it’s too rude to print – but for the over 16s we can guarantee it’s an hilarious night out!”

Debi Hawkins