Farewell tour Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist
The Studio Theatre @ Montecasino
22 January – 23 February
Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist, one of South Africa’s funniest entertainers, is a firm favourite on the Johannesburg theatre scene each year in January as one of the best ways to chase away the New Year Blues.
2020 is no different as he has returned to The Studio Theatre at Montecasino from Wednesday 22 January – Sunday 23 February – but this time it’s as part of his FAREWELL TOUR.
After an unprecedented 28 years in the industry, this will be the last time Joburg audiences will be able to enjoy Andre in action as he presents his Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist Farewell Tour.
Andre will be hanging up his colourful coat as he leaves our shores to practice his hypnosis on other willing participants abroad.
Says Andre, “I want to thank the Joburg audiences who have supported me in a career; those who have volunteered on stage and those who sat and laughed out loud, each one a person without which I would never have had a career.”
India’s LGBTQ community is looking forward to next month’s release of a mainstream Bollywood romantic comedy about two gay lovers.
“Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” is about two young homosexual lovers in small-town India.
It was made by the mega music company T-series, which recently surpassed PewDiePie to become the largest YouTube channel.
The trailer for the film (with closed captions in English) has more than 30 million views on YouTube. The film itself is scheduled for release Feb. 21.
The newspaper The Hindu reports that the LGBTQ community is pleased that Ayushmann Khurrana, a successful mainstream actor, is playing one of the gay characters — a young man who is open about his sexuality and wears a gay pride flag as a cape.
Khurrana told India Today: “You need a mass or a mainstream hero to do this subject to normalise it. This is the perfect time. I have always been a risk-taker. It’s a character I am playing. What’s the qualm or negative side in this?”
He added that he is hopes the film will help change the perception of homosexuality being “a taboo” and that for gay youths the process of coming out to parents will become easier, especially in smaller cities and towns.
India’s Supreme Court overturned the country’s colonial-era anti-gay law in 2018.
With our weak rand, travel, particularly international travel is a very costly pleasure. This is not so much because of the cost of the ticket, though a return trip to Cape Town in high season can cost over R4000 whereas a ticket on the same dates to Rome or Bangkok is around R7500. The bigger problem is once you are there, where are you going to stay as accommodation will cost a whole lot more? Because of this a lot of people are turning to groups like Queer Couchsurfers on Facebook, and they report that this is the way to travel. Where else can you find free places to stay when travelling around the world, or even at home in SA? You may even get a shag into the deal!
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