Life ‘klaps’ you and then you laugh . . .

FUNNYMAN Martin Evans returns to Port Elizabeth with his solo show Full Body P**s Klap at the Pemads Little Theatre in the Athenaeum tonight. Presented by Numb City Productions, Evans returns to give the city a full body comedy klap before Christmas.

Amy Shelver from Numb City Productions said, “It will be epic. It will be funny. It will be hard.”

The title refers to the physical assaults Evans endured as a result of a scooter accident in 2010.

“I broke my leg in umpteen places and was in a wheelchair with external fixation for eight months. It comes from my learning to deal with life, the ups and downs and getting better, coping with life and realising how lucky we all are,” Evans said.

“I like to think of myself as a storyteller and not a stand-up comic when performing. There is more to the story than just plain laughs,” he said.

The former Port Elizabeth comedian said he had been dealt a hard blow in life and had to take stock of his life.

“I called the show Full Body P**s Klap because it is essentially what I got from life. A rather impressive slap that sort of woke me up to how good life actually is. The PK was a specific way of being beaten up back in the day. Normally handed up by a large man with a snor and a patchwork leather jacket.”

Evans won the Standard Bank Arts Festival Ovation Awards the past two years. The last time he was in Port Elizabeth, it was alongside comedian Rob van Vuuren in Pants on Fire.

Having attended Victoria Park High School, Evans left the city in 1997 to pursue a career in comedy.

“If the Mayans are anything to go by, I think they would be ironic, right? It would make complete sense then that I would have come full circle to my hometown to host a finale show at the Little Theatre – talk about going down in a blaze of glory,” Evans said.

Evans recently took part in the South African series of Come Dine With Me and has received tremendous support for viewers saying he was a “gentleman”.

“Every day people walk up to me and ask me questions about it [ Come Dine With Me]. Sadly it seems that a lot of folks think I actually live in my motorhome. I’m quite proud to say that I get to park next to my own property in Cape Town. Sadly, I’m not living feral,” Evans said.

Local act Mbulelo Many Laughs Msongelwa, who opened for Loyiso Gola, will also open for Evans.

“Mbu Many Laughs will guarantee that the returning local is kept on his toes by the edgiest comedy on offer in the city,” Shelver said.

“Achingly funny and a reflection of the idiosyncrasies of South African culture flush with some great impersonations of South Africa’s most typical stereotypes, FBPK is not to be missed,” she said.

FBPK will be at the Little Theatre tonight at 8pm. Tickets are R75 (adults), R60 (students with a student card) at Webtickets or R85 at the door. Strictly no u-16s.

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