Profile: Nik Rabinowitz


Growing up in Plumstead, Cape Town, Nick is a Business Science/Industrial Psychology UCT graduate.

He has also established himself as South Africa’s top Jewish, Xhosa-speaking comedian. From stand-up comic to high profile MC, he has made appearances at the Vodacom Comedy Festival in Cape Town and has performed successful stand up gigs at both the London and Edinburgh Festivals. You Can’t be Serious and Has anyone seen my Goat? are two of his most recognised acts.

His gentle, observational comedy makes the most of his language talents. He appears mainly as himself but is a natural for alter ego characters, particularly middle-aged Jewish ladies and excitable Xhosa commentators.

Rabinowitz is mainly seen on stage alone, but has also teamed up with two other top South African comedians, Marc Lottering and Riaad Moosa, for the sell out runs of Three Wise Men and its sequel, both directed by the veteran David Kramer. He is also a key writer for South Africa’s top satirical TV show, ZA News, for which he contributes the voices for Desmond Tutu, Peter de Villiers, Benni McCarthy, Carlos Perreira and others.


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  1. Under an enormous amount of stress at work that seeing Nik Rabinowitz’s Power Struggle (what is happening here at work) would be just what the doctor ordered, as laughter is the best medicine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I went to see You can’t be Serious last night and I must say I was very disappointed in the show. The title of the show, ‘You can’t be Serious’ was in English but most of the show was in Afrikaans. I have been a fan of Nik’s for a while and never miss his time on 567 with Redi Tlhabi on Friday mornings so last night I persuaded my husband to come to the show with me. Unfortunately my husband is British and does not understand Afrikaans. I am an English speaking Cape Townian but I must say I also missed a lot of Nik’s comments as he speaks very fast and when speaking Afrikaans he is hard to follow. Next time the show is going to be mostly Afrikaans, please give it an Afrikaans title.


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