‘How I learnt to stop worrying and love Trump’

Pieter-Dirk Uys on the death of satire or ‘How I learnt to stop worrying and love Trump’. Long ago I discovered that laughter is not always because we find something funny. Often it’s because we’re frightened.

Example #1:

When I was living in Johannesburg during the 1980s and working at the Market Theatre, I bought a telephone answering machine. Now the death threats I received would be recorded.

“Pieter-Dirk Uys, you bleddie communist … We’re going to stop you…. We will…”

The gruff voice was interrupted as the machine took over: Please wait till you hear the bleep and then leave your message. BLEEP. Back came the gravelly voice, but no longer as confident:

“No man! Hell! I can’t talk to these bleddie machines….”

But the threats were real. I put one recording into my show. The audience roared with laughter – and now, so did I.

For the full article by Pieter-Dirk Uys at Evita se Perron >>

The article first appeared at Daily Maverick >> where Pieter-Dirk is an Opinionista

Pieter-Dirk Uys

Pieter-Dirk Uys was born in Cape Town in 1945 and has been in the theatre since the mid-1960s. Closely associated with both the Space Theatre in Cape Town and Johannesburg's Market Theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, he has written and performed 20 plays and over 30 revues and one-man shows throughout South Africa and abroad. He performs regularly at his restaurant/theatre 'Evita se Perron' in Darling. He is a contributing author at the Daily Maverick.

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