Renowned South African comic Nik Rabinowitz grew up on a farm outside Cape Town, climbing trees and commentating on his own rugby games in three of the country’s eleven official languages. As a child he attended a Waldorf School, where he learned how to plant vegetables, express his feelings through interpretative dance, and crochet his own underpants.
Unexpectedly graduating with a Bachelor of Business Science (Honours in Organisational Psychology) from the University of Cape Town, Nik spent a year touring Africa with a travelling theatre company before venturing into stand-up comedy. Nineteen years later, he is recognized as one of South Africa’s most established acts.
Rabinowitz is not only very funny; he also has a list of achievements, the likes of which many can only aspire to. For instance, he does an Archbishop Tutu impersonation so well that the late ‘Arch’ once considered using him as a body double*.
A former host of satirical podcast “The Week that Wasn’t” (Radio 702), impressionist / voice over artist for International Emmy-nominated “ZA News”, and two-time nominee for best comedy actor at the SA Film and TV Awards, he has also produced and performed twelve one man comedy specials.
He’s toured internationally, including to the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, the US and the UK, where amongst other things he appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, on BBC 2’s ‘Mock the Week’, and he won gold for South Africa at the Jewish Olympics, which is like the Special Olympics, but with more accountants. (A little known fact: Rabinowitz is an extraordinarily talented cricketer. His leg-spinning prowess was so great that Pakistani bookmakers bankrolled his comedy career to keep his stunning skills out of the international arena**).
He lives in Cape Town with his wife and three children. His wife Deborah is a general practitioner, which means he can get a doctor’s note whenever he wants. Too bad he doesn’t have a real job. Also too bad – she’s now retired***.
**Also not true