by Mark Sampson East Cape Herald
USUALLY being funny on stage himself, comedian Mark Sampson found himself thoroughly entertained by the stand up performance of none other than a drummer in Grahamstown.
AS a professional stand up comedian I rarely laugh out loud at a show. Yeah we really are that dull – sitting, analysing and comparing ourselves – its all very silly. But during the first night of Live and Kicking late night comedy I not only laughed but also stood and clapped and he wasn’t even a comedian!
Jumping up onto a comedy stage for the first time, British-born professional drummer turned storyteller Gavin Bonner seemed relaxed and totally at home in front of the 150 drunken comedy fans.
He asked the audience for suggestions which were then expertly woven into a totally improvised, rhyming story. Well, I’d call it a comedy routine.
The audience went wild and the comics looked on in awe.
Bonner is a truly talented freestyle poet. Born in London in 1974 he spent his childhood in Johannesburg and his teenage years back in London.
He then travelled to the Middle East to learn various drum techniques. It was while busking with a djembe in Sydney in 1998 that he discovered his unique comedy freestyle ability.
‘Tis is the strangest most mystifying talent I have witnessed in six years of Grahamstown festivals.
Not only does Bonner effortlessly improvise hilarious comedy routines but he actually makes them rhyme. Seriously, seeing is believing – go and challenge him during his solo show.