Oliver Booth

Born and somewhat bred in Bellville, a fact few would ever guess by listening to him speak, his parents uprooted and moved to the ‘posh suburbs’ during his formative years. It is here where he did his schooling, grew up and was moulded into the perfect suburban human.

From a very young age Oliver proved to be the most flamboyant member of his family and deciding to go on to study Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town was a natural choice.

 

Stand-up comedy presented an opportunity to question his identity as a posh boy originating from Bellville, fulfilling his desire to express his thoughts, opinions and understanding of life from this point of view.

 

Oliver is a story teller at heart and has a zany take on reality coupled with a knack for impersonating famous people. Notable impressions of the South African rugby fraternity include Pieter De Villiers, Hugh Bladen & Bryan Habana capturing their idiosyncrasies and the imagination of his audience. This style of comedy appeals to all types of people.

 

In a short space of time Oliver has gone on to accomplish some great things and he has been privileged to work alongside some of South Africa’s best comedians.

 

Performing highlights:

Runner up in the Graca Comedy Showdown 2011

The Intimate Comedy sessions hosted & endorsed by Stuart Taylor.

Opening act for Dylan Skews’s one man show “Skews Me”

Host of “Wildcard Weekend” at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus

National Arts Fest in Grahamstown at the Monastery with “Wildcard Comedy”

Rock The River (Easter music Festival)

As well as being a regular on the Cape Town scene, he has performed to warm responses at different venues in Johannesburg.

 

Endorsements:

Paul Snodgrass: “Oli Booth is easily one of the brightest young comedy talents I have seen in years. Watch this space…”

 

Rob Van Vuuren: “Book Oliver Booth, He is NOT kak!!”

 

A review by Warren Robertson on his blog: Kill or be Killed

“His set was a lesson in comedy as a learnt art form. It was theatrical and well written with loads of call backs. The rhythm echoed with Michael McIntyre and even a few of the words seem to take on Britain’s most popular comedian’s accent. The material was all original however and he got a great response from the crowd, particularly to his opening bit. I don’t know Oliver personally, but wouldn’t be surprised to hear he studies drama and theatre at University because the show had that feel strongly about it.”