Bloemfontein born Phil de Lange arrived in Cape Town with his ukelele and his unique brand of humour in 2012. In his five years at the foot of the mountain he’s managed to make a name for himself in the local entertainment industry as both a radio broadcaster and comedian.
However, it was his nomination for Best Newcomer at the 2016 Comic’s Choice Awards, that got the rest of the country to pay attention. I caught up with Phil to learn a bit more about his life as a professional comedian and his dreams for the future…
What is the best part about being a comedian?
Knowing that you’ve got funny thoughts and hanging out with smart, socially aware, funny people.
What is the toughest part?
Finding out that something is funnier in your head than it is out loud.
Are you always funny? Have you ever left an audience completely underwhelmed?
Yes. Yes (a lot of times – not my fault they didn’t like me. Please see the answer to the first part of this question)
Does your family respect and support your career choice, or are they praying for you to become a car salesman or insurance broker?
No, my family supports it and I think they like it. It’s a tough market to be selling cars right now, and if cars aren’t being sold then selling insurance won’t be easy either. So I’ve thought about that exact situation before.
Who is your favourite comedian?
I enjoy Dylan Moran a lot.
Tell us about the worst thing that happened while you were on stage and how you handled it…
I guess when someone crashed the stage to play his harmonica to the audience. I didn’t handle it. I let him do his thing.
What is your biggest fear?
What is your biggest dream?
To find a unique way of doing comedy and starting some kind of online audio brand that’s funny and insightful.
You can catch his debut one man show, The Phil Spectrum, at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in June and July. There will be stand up, ukelele shredding, live radio skits and lots of laughter — make sure to get your Phil! (ba dum tss)