To celebrate 10 years of comedy, Durban based comedian Carvin H Goldstone will be staging the Best of Carvin H Goldstone national tour.

The tour is the culmination of “10 years of dedication to his unique craft” – in other words, 10 years without swearing on stage or talking dirty, but still managing to be one of the funniest people in South Africa.

In July 2006, an unknown Carvin H Goldstone walked onto the stage of Sibaya’s iZulu Theatre and delivered his first ever comedy set as a contestant in the Madras Masala comedy competition. After three intense days of competition, Carvin was announced as the winner with landslide votes from the audience.

A decade later, with three sold out one man shows, international tours and multiple awards, he is arguably the most successful Durban based stand-up comedian.

His rise to the top was rubber stamped this year by being selected as the headline act at the recent Kings and Queens of Comedy Port Elizabeth despite the line-up including comedy veterans like Loyiso Gola, Stuart Taylor, Chester Missing and Jason Goliath.

Carvin has delivered a brand new, highly acclaimed one-man show every year since 2011. He puts much of his success down to his YouTube and online presence, with several of his comedy clips going viral.

On his return from his second Australian Comedy Club Tour, 031business caught up with Carvin.

031business: Tell us a little more about what the audience can expect during your shows?

CHG: Over the last 10 years I’ve written more than six hours of material. Some good, some bad and some, timeless. This show is the best of my work and a celebration of the stories and jokes that made my career as a comedian.

031business: After 10 years in comedy, what keeps you on stage?

CHG: After 10 years, I’m still very interested in people. That’s what keeps the material coming. I don’t sit and write my material, I experience it. So, as long as I’m interested in people, I’ll be on stage sharing my interactions with the human race and the odd animal.

031business: Is there much of a difference between being a journalist and being a comedian – how do your juggle the hats?

CHG: For just over nine years I juggled the two. But, in September last year I “retired” from journalism. I love journalism. I was a passionate journalist. I have four Vodacom journalist of the year awards, three regional and one national and all achieved as my comedy career was peaking over the last 4 years. So, it was not easy to choose but the comedy won. They are very similar. They both story telling. Just the one is stories for information and the other for laughter. Both for entertainment.

031business: What was the highlight of your career?

CHG: Journalism: Winning the 2014 Journalist of the year. It was the moment I stopped doubting myself as a journalist.

Comedy: 2011, my first one man show at the Playhouse titled, No Swearing. I walked off to a standing ovation. It was the day I stopped doubting myself as a comedian.

031business: What was the funniest moment?

When I forgot my set at a show. It wasn’t funny at the time but hilarious afterwards.

031business: What would you still like to achieve?

I’ve recently begun touring internationally. So my goal is simple. An internationally recognisable comedian who can perform in any country where English is spoken.

031business: Business is under pressure, inflation is rising, Zuma hasn’t yet paid his Nkandla mortgage – give us some advice on how entrepreneurs can keep smiling.

Well besides coming to watch my show, I think we, as South Africans, count our curses before our blessings. All we have to do is look around us to appreciate that, while we are not in our finest hour, we are far from a crisis. We have a lot to smile about.

031business: What is your favourite Durban business and why?

Spiga D’Oro (known as Spiga). I love the food, hospitality and entertainment business…. and I think building a pure brand that connects with the people of a city and helps define the city is difficult. Spiga does that. It says Durban.

031business: If you were going to open your own business, what would it be?

I have just recently opened a business. It’s called The Agency SA. It’s an entertainment booking agency that supplies MC’s, comedians, DJ’s sound and lighting, photography and videography. I know the entertainment industry very well and I know the good service providers and he poor ones. But I don’t know the booking business. So, I teamed up with super-agent Taryn Terblanche who has a wealth of experience as a travel agent and, together, we are building a proudly Durban business which will service the Durban business community.

I also have ambitions to open Durban’s first dedicated comedy club…

031business:  If you could choose one Durban VIP as the managing director of your business who would it be and why?  

Logie Naidoo – our business is about events and nobody attends more events than him!

The Best of Carvin H Goldstone Tour kicks off at the Durban Jewish Club on 14 July. Then Carvin heads down to Wild Coast Sun on July 15. Pretoria is next at Protea Hotel, Menlyn on July 22, Johannesburg Protea Hotel, Melrose Arch on July 23. Carvin is back in KZN with one night in Pietermaritzburg Golden Horse on July 30. He headlines Cape Town Comedy Club from August 3-7.
Sibaya iZulu Theatre will host Carvin from August 19-21, Port Elizabeth Opera House on August 27, Chatsworth’s Hotel Savera on August 28 and the tour ends in Johannesburg on September 9 at the Goliath Comedy Club.

Tickets for the tour are available at www.quicket.co.za.