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Comedian’s show to encourage community

STAND-UP comedian and actor Almonré Roman from Despatch who has acted in numerous short films has recently started his own Facebook show.

“I realised that making people laugh is something so amazing. I can share something with my audience, and we can laugh about it together,” said Almonré Roman, a Grade 11 learner at Despatch High School.

He found his love for acting when he joined Immanuel Drama team at the age of 11 and was exposed to the world of entertainment. During his time with the drama group, Roman performed in various drama shows in his community and occasionally in Humansdorp.

“People in my community have always seen me as the drama kid,” said Roman.

Almonré Roman, comedian and actor from Despatch, established his own Facebook show “The think about show” to encourage people. Photo: Supplied

At the age of 13, he began writing his own scripts and comedy material, but was not yet ready to share it in front of a live audience. In a bid to improve his craft as an actor and stand-up comedian, Roman participated in the KykNET Nasionale Toneel-kompetisie, a talent competition based in Cape Town for high school pupils who are passionate about acting.

“The acting competition was a great experience for me because I was able to receive feedback on my acting skills from well-known South African actors,” said Roman.

In 2018 and 2019, Roman also acted in a monologue titled ‘Selfoonmoord’ which translates to ‘Cell phone murder’ at the Afrikaans Language and Culture Association (ATKV) in Cape Town.

After gaining experience as an actor Roman was able to build up his confidence and in August last year, he hosted and performed at his first live stand-up comedy show.

“The support from my community motivated me to continue doing what I love which is stand-up comedy.”

Since Roman began his career as a stand-up comedian, he has performed on various stages. His last show was titled ‘You Laugh But It’s True’ and he is currently working on his new show titled ‘A couple of jokes’ which will be showcased on December 5.

Roman said his comedy material focuses on various social issues as well as small parts of his unique upbringing.

“Every time I am on stage, I am able to fall into character and confidently share my comedy material. My love for stand-up comedy is a feeling that is surreal yet so amazing at the same time.

After acting in the short film No One Will which was released in June and is available on YouTube and Facebook, the director of the film Ryan Campher was impressed by his performance and has since helped Roman to establish his Facebook show ‘The think about show’.

On the show Roman interviews local business-owners and local artists to allow them to share their experiences and in turn guide people in the community who are interested in starting their own business or wanting to establish a career as an artist.

His hope is to showcase his show on BayTV soon. “I would love to let the world see the creative mind God has blessed me with,” said Roman.

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