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MICHAEL NAICKER FOR SIBAYA (article first published : 2007-05-1)

One of South Africa's most sought after comedians is back in Durban for a two nights only at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom on May 11 and 12.

Michael Naicker, or ‘Super Mike', to his friends, is the super-cool, rebel-without-a-clue, South African Indian comedy character, created by Kevin Perkins. Considered by Perkins to be his alter ego, Mike has literally captured the imagination of South Africans, moving his creator himself to admit, "I've created a monster".

No one could introduce Mike's character as well as Kevin Perkins. “I always used to joke that Michael Naicker is the Indian counterpart to Michael Knight from that old TV show Knight Rider', he explains. ‘The character I have created was born out of my life experiences. Mike Naicker is a working class Indian male. He loves fast cars, big sound systems, gambling, hot food and hot women. He fancies himself as a bit of a gangster and a ladies' man and is very cocky and assertive. He loves nothing better than ‘sticking it to the man' and spends more than he should on modifications to his car. But that's the kind of guy he is - image is everything. Mike is a part of me and sometimes our relationship is almost schizophrenic.

Since he grew up in Durban, it was inevitable that the Indian culture and humour would rub off on Kevin Perkins. Today Michael Naicker has achieved massive popularity across many of South Africa's diverse audiences, especially among Indian people, some of whom have even offered to adopt him. Michael Naicker is just one of many characters created by Perkins, a comedian whose talent once inspired John Vlismas to remark, "He's so funny we hate him!" Being a natural extrovert and a people person ensured that his journey into the entertainment industry was only natural.

Since his personal awakening into the thrill of performing, Kevin Perkins has enjoyed a rapid rise in popularity and has been extremely successful in his entertainment career. Kevin has already made inroads into radio and TV with numerous voice-overs, and two TV ads already under his belt. His latest TV project is currently being considered by a popular international TV channel. He has also written a storyline for a film which he hopes will redefine South African comedy films.

An early highlight of Kevin Perkins' career was being the first newcomer ever to be chosen to perform at South Africa's premium comedy event, the Heavyweight Jam, in 2002. This break led to many popular performances, but he was completely unprepared for the response to the first ‘h'episode' featuring Michael Naicker when it was released via cellphone. It received 14,000 calls in two days, and two months later, call volumes had risen to half a million minutes.

Kevin Perkins’ first one man show as Michael Naicker at the Barnyard Theatre in Cresta in June 2005, Johannesburg was a huge success, achieving sell-out audiences in less seven days. Since then, every live performance has been sold out in Johannesburg as well as in Durban. Kevin regularly sells out 2,000 to 3,000 seat venues and is now looking to expand his horizons by taking his show overseas.

Michael Naicker's first comedy album Skidmarks, on EMI achieved excellent sales figures and his second album, Bling While You're Winning looks set to do even better as advance orders have proven beyond a doubt that it is set to be the "must-have" CD of 2007.

Durban is Michael Naicker's home town and his shows always sell out, so early booking is advised. There is a strict age restriction - no under 18's. Performances on May 11 and 12 at 20h00 in the iZulu Theatre. Tickets R100 from the Sibaya Box Office on 031 580 5555.




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