As veteran comic Marc Lottering brings his latest show to the Theatre on the Bay, he tells Atlantic Sun how thrilled he is that lockdown is over, how he has a special drawer for all his vitamins… and about getting used to being called Uncle Marc.
SJ: Tell us about your latest show, Uncle Marc, and how it’s different from the previous stand-up shows?
ML: This one’s pure stand-up minus the usual characters. Just me and the microphone for between 80 and 90 minutes. And I’ve been loving it. And more importantly, audiences around the country have loving it too. It’s truly been an amazing tour thus far.
SJ: What can your audience expect?
ML: This year I am 54. Life after 50 has been interesting, starting with that daily vitamin drawer in the kitchen. In the show, I talk about what it’s been like to suddenly be referred to as Uncle Marc.
SJ: How do you manage to be sexy at 54? I mean what’s the cost of being a sexy uncle?
ML: Hahaha I cannot stress enough the importance of a regular nasal hair wax. Everything is sexier once you’ve sorted that out.
SJ: I see you are going to London, what’s your expectations about performing there?
ML: I have performed there a few times and it’s always fabulous to be there, entertaining the ex-pats and catching some other great shows when I can. After London, I tour Australia with the show. This all happens in September. Australia is another favourite destination. It’s good to slowly get back into the real world again.
SJ: When you return, can your fans expect to see more of you, or rather Uncle Marc?
ML: Now that theatres are allowed to operate on full capacity again, I am smiling broadly. This means I can once again look at bringing musicals back onto the stage. New possibilities. I’m excited.
SJ: What’s the best part about performing at Theatre on the Bay?
ML: The audience is the best part. They often laugh “discreetly”. It’s an Atlantic Seaboard giggle. And I find that very entertaining.
Uncle Marc is on at The Bay, in Camps Bay, until Saturday July 9. It is not suitable for children. Show times are Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm and Saturday matinees at 4pm. Tickets cost between R180 and R220. Book through Computicket.