There’s no better way to chase away the January “back to work” blues than by enjoying one of South Africa’s funniest entertainers, Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist as he returns for a limited season to Montecasino’s Studio Theatre from Friday 19 January – Sunday 25th February 2018.
Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist celebrates a record breaking 25 years on stage as South Africa’s very own convener of the strange weird and wonderful.
I attended last night’s performance, which was sold out by the way. I’d be lying if I said I had any expectations. To be quite honest, I was somewhat sceptical…I mean…hypnosis…..really?
Seeing is believing, and I can now honestly say that I am a believer. I didn’t even consume any alcohol…yes…things are much more funnier to me when I’m under the influence. It was such a perfect start to the year to enjoy a night out with my husband just laughing so much! I’ve been to many comedy shows in my life and I can confidently say that I didn’t find them as hilarious.
There were two big company groups present, and they turned out to be rowdy groups, but that only added to the atmosphere. We were not allowed to take photos or record any of the acts, understandably so, but believe me when I say that if you want or need some laughter in your life, then this is a show not to be missed.
What I loved about it, is that it’s not “staged” or scripted, it all happened so naturally and it just flowed. Having the audience be the centre of attraction made it even more funny. One of the volunteers named “Christelle” was phenomenal, I would not be surprised if some people thought that she was paid to volunteer!
We laughed as we watched the hypnotised volunteers “Moon talk”, playing non-existent musical instruments, speaking Chinese (or what was perceived to be Chinese) and even dance to some bhangara music. Now, if you wanna see men in labour, yes, as in giving birth…then you’ll be ripped! And no, this is not an adult themed show, nor were any the audience members on stage ever subjected to degrading or morally questionable acts.
I’ve been told that the shows differ, as it is largely dependent on the type of audience, or rather the volunteers. For that very reason, I can safely say that although this may have been the first time I attended, it certainly isn’t going to be my last!
Side note – the intimate setting of the Monte Casino Theatre was perfect for this show!
Guys and girls, mommy’s and daddys, employees/colleagues and bosses, please do yourselves a favour and go to this show – it’s so good, even your mother-in-law will enjoy it, so take her too!
ABOUT ANDRE THE HILARIOUS HYPNOTIST
Andre discovered his hypnotic calling after watching a performance of the late Max Collie in action.
Having already studied drama, teaching and with a background in psychology, Andre immediately became hooked at the promise of being able to entertain people on stage with his hilarious hypnotic skills and that is exactly what he has been doing for the past 25 years.
No two shows are ever the same as the shows strength lies in the fact that every night’s volunteers are completely different, leading to a diverse hilarious action-packed evening performance.
With every person reacting differently to Andre’s suggestion, not even Andre knows what to expect when he steps up on stage.
Andre does, however, promise not to disappoint and the audience can expect two hours of side splitting hilarious Hypnotic entertainment from their very own community as Andre takes to the stage.
At the end of the day, the strength of the show lies on the volunteers of the evening and that is what makes Andre’s show such a feel-good, funny, hilarious evening’s entertainment. It’s truly the only show in the country that can claim that it makes stars of your friends and family.
ANDRE THE HILARIOUS HYPNOTIST SHOW DETAILS:
Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist runs from Friday 19th January – Sunday 25th February at The Studio Theatre at Montecasino.
Performances run from Wednesdays – Fridays at 20h00, Saturdays at 17h00 and 20h00 and Sundays at 15h00.
Tickets are R120 and bookings are now open at Computicket.
There are discounted ticket prices of R90 for Pensioners and Students which can be booked through Computicket outlets with identification.
For group bookings and fundraiser packages please contact Geraldine at the Montecasino Theatre Box Office on 011 511-1988.
The duration of the show is 2 hours including a 20 -minute interval.
Andre can be found on social media at:
Twitter : @AndreHypnotist
Instagram : andrgrov
Facebook : www.facebook.com/andre.hypnotist