The comedic mastermind does more than just entertain, he
makes you think. He challenges you. He sends you on an introspective journey
inside your own thoughts, to the point where you start to feel awkward. And
then he snaps you out of it with the kind of relatable humour that makes your
The 30-year-old Polokwane-born self-professed drinker of all the chardonnay, has based When We Were Nearly Young on the theme
of transcendence. Transcendence of the fear of dealing with painful things.
He likens these painful moments, the ones that we’re scared
to face, to dark rooms in the corners of his mind. He invites the audience into
these corners and shares the process he went through to transcend his fear of
tackling painful moments.
One thing you will learn early on in the When We Were Nearly Young journey, is
that Mogashoa is a deep thinker – sometimes to his own detriment, as he explains
– with a knack for absorbing even the smallest details in any situation. He
doesn’t just tell stories. He paints elaborate scenes from his past that make
you feel like you were there.
Mogashoa wastes no time mincing his words or holding back on
details of his sexual escapades. And that is what I found most refreshing about
him. He’s honest. But not so honest that it seems forced. His honesty makes his
stories relatable. We’re all lazy sometimes, and we all have insecurities. The
fact that he is honest about the things that we can all relate to makes you
feel comfortable. And then uncomfortable. And then you’re laughing so hard that
you don’t know what you’re feeling.
What struck me the most about When We Were Nearly Young is that it is not just stand-up comedy. It’s
true stories – told by someone with the incredible ability to see the humour in
even the darkest moments in his life – that make you think.
Mogashoa doesn’t tell jokes. He tells – seemingly disparate –
stories, which he skilfully weaves into a bigger picture with an even bigger
message behind it.
Mogashoa in When We Were Nearly Young at Alexander Upstairs until Saturday,
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