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This is a podcast that believes you can learn from experience, but that experience doesn’t have to be your own. Conversations with creative South Africans hosted by Bob Perfect.

Winner of the 2019 Durban Creative Award for Best Radio Show/Podcast.
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We're pivoting to video, baby! Well, kinda. You'll still be getting a full-length episode of The Almost Perfect Podcast on the podcast app of your choice every (almost) Friday but every Tuesday at 19:00 you'll also get to enjoy the Almost Perfect Live Stream on YouTube. The first episode was with Neil Green and we took a deep dive on his Last Boss comedy special on Showmax. If you don't want to watch the video, well, here's the audio for you to enjoy. Follow Neil on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neilgreen82/ Subscribe to the Almost Perfect Live Stream: https://youtu.be/Mi87hTmoqKc
Episode 70 - Lazola Gola

Episode 70 - Lazola Gola

2020-07-3101:32:20

Lazola Gola is a comedian, writer, and director who first got on stage to tell jokes in high school. While you're never too young to start, you're also never too old to try something new which is why Laz has spent his 30s pursuing directing alongside his comedy and writing. Laz has had such an impressive career already, but it feels like he's only just begun exploring what he's truly capable of.   In this episode, we learn how being exposed to comedy gigs at an early age helped make stand-up a tangible career for Laz. We get into the freedom and limitations of stand-up comedy, and why some ideas work better on screen than on stage. Laz shares the importance of sticking to the script (literally) whilst also giving consideration to the many ways you can bring a script to life. And we get a peek into what it was like to be a part of the LNN writing room. Enjoy.  https://almostperfect.co.za/almost-perfect-70-lazola-gola/
Episode 69 - Kylie Wentzel

Episode 69 - Kylie Wentzel

2020-07-2401:15:35

Kylie Wentzel is an artist. While she can create art in almost any medium, painting is her first love and what she's most known for. With recent exhibitions at highly acclaimed art spaces and upcoming online exhibitions with noteworthy names, Kylie Wentzel is an artist on the rise. Getting to this point though has been a journey fraught with self-doubt, soul-crushing institutions, and trying not to be taken for a ride. While Kylie studied Fine Art at the prestigious Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, it nearly broke her, and it was outside of formal education that she found her style and inspiration for art-making. We get into the complexities and nuances of navigating the art world as an "up-and-coming" artist whilst also looking at how Instagram has been a tool for connecting outside of traditional art spaces. We also get into why Durban is a fantastic city to create art from and briefly reminisce over GMT and Unit 11 days. Enjoy.  https://almostperfect.co.za/almost-perfect-69-kylie-wentzel/ Keep up with Kylie on Instagram. 
Episode 68 - Patrick Duff

Episode 68 - Patrick Duff

2020-07-1601:22:34

Patrick Duff is the Marketing Director for Vans for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. A pretty big title but the journey to that title began with working at skate shops in Gateway and giving a hitchhiking 50-year-old bodybuilder a lift. Pat has worked for brands like Nike, DC, and Bata, before finding his home at Vans, so he has a wealth of knowledge and experience under his belt which he shares freely on the podcast.  I've always appreciated Pat's vibe and approach to life, and it's seemed to have worked out pretty well for him. Although, as he'll tell you on the podcast, it came from making specific choices towards the life he wants. Pat got a degree in Economics and chose to go and work in a skate shop, which should tell you a lot about the kind of person Pat is. Pat's also the kind of guy who shows initiative and makes the most of his positions, which is why he went from working the till to living the dream in Switzerland in just over a decade. We get into the importance of staying young at heart, at being true to who you are, and finding a balance between corporate and creative. We also look at how the current situation has lead to a more efficient work environment while looking at what it means for our personal futures. It's a deep yet laid back chat with a deep yet laid back cat.   https://almostperfect.co.za/almost-perfect-68-patrick-duff/
Episode 67 - Tiny Mungwe

Episode 67 - Tiny Mungwe

2020-07-1001:04:57

Tiny Mungwe is a producer, director, and project manager (among many other job titles) who has been instrumental behind the scenes of some of Durban's most important cultural projects. It all started with a bossy phone call 14 years ago and there have been many more ever since. While Tiny has been heavily involved in the Durban International Film Festival and Durban Film Mart, as well as various other festivals around the country, her day job is as a documentary producer for Steps. She's also been working on a documentary about sex work in South Africa with Shanelle Jewnarain for the last 6 years and has been building a pan-African creative retreat in Inanda brick-by-brick for the last 4 years.  Tiny is tenacious and driven and always seems to find a way to get things done whilst also showing great consideration for others. We get into the politics of curatorship and some of the concerns when it comes to programming a festival, and we also get into the nuances and hurdles that come with making a film about sex work in South Africa at this time. We learn how Tiny has forged her own path by constantly "just doing the thing" and not letting any setback stop her. As always, there's a lot to learn from this one. Enjoy.  https://almostperfect.co.za/almost-perfect-67-tiny-mungwe/ Here's the article about Jahdatta that Tiny mentioned on the podcast: https://thenetline.com/the-sad-truth-about-jahdatta/ Support Sisonke: http://www.sisonke.org.za/ Support S.W.E.A.T: http://www.sweat.org.za/
Episode 66 - Matt Knight

Episode 66 - Matt Knight

2020-06-2601:31:40

Matt Knight is a pastor. Or, as he prefers, a pastor*. The asterisk is because, while Matt does officiate weddings and funerals from time to time, his role these days is mostly in HR and admin for a collection of 11 churches and an NGO that tackles multiple projects in Cape Town. Matt and I first met in the Burn, Willowvale, and Unit 11 days of the Durban music scene and would occasionally work together on various projects to try and make things in the city a little bit better in the ways that we knew how. While things have changed a lot for both of us over the last decade, that drive to make the world a better place and our love of music and Simon Amstell has never wavered.  The thing that might make this all rather interesting, I guess, is that I'm an atheist yet one of my favourite people is a pastor. Matt has been a good friend to me who even invited me to his wedding but I'm also kinda known as the guy who swore God on Easter Sunday at Splashy. For us, it's never really been an issue, and I've grown a lot since my angry atheist days, so this was a cool opportunity to discuss some big ideas about the universe whilst also getting into the importance of acting locally. Maybe you've never really thought about why someone gets involved in the church, or maybe you have, either way, I think the reality of it all is probably different to what you might expect and I think Matt's perspective will be useful regardless of your personal beliefs. Enjoy.  https://almostperfect.co.za/almost-perfect-66-matt-knight/
Episode 65 - Majozi

Episode 65 - Majozi

2020-05-2901:14:12

Majozi is a musician who first shot to fame in 2015 with his debut pop hit "Fire", although he originally started his music career playing in punk and metalcore bands with friends from school and church. While you may know him from the radio, I know Majozi from the moshpit which I think makes this a rather enlightening interview.  In this episode, we reminisce about Majozi's early days in the Durban punk and hardcore scene before getting into the pressures that come with being a full-time musician on a major label. We learn about how crucial the church was in Majozi finding confidence in himself and also how important the support has been in his success. We also have a few laughs over him getting flooded with messages intended for Sho Madjozi and how he saw her rise through his Google Alerts. It's a fun and informative chat, enjoy. https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-65-majozi/
Episode 64 - Martin Evans

Episode 64 - Martin Evans

2020-05-2201:16:29

Martin Evans is a comedian who has grown tired of the grind of the stand-up circuit so he's bought a boat and is looking to sail away the second he gets the chance. Martin is one of the funniest comedians in South Africa and has an incredible resume, he just feels like he's reached a ceiling in SA stand-up that he's tired of trying to breakthrough. Personally, I get it.  We learn all about Martin's early days in comedy and his meteoric rise in the London comedy scene before coming back home to SA. We get into the realities of being a stand-up comedian who doesn't walk the corporate path in South Africa before we take a look at the wealth of opportunities that Martin sees before him now that he's not tied to getting his laughs on stage. Martin has been using this lockdown to get introspective and look ahead to the future rather than dwell on past successes and current difficulties. Martin is someone who I have looked up to in South African comedy for quite a long time now, click play to find out why.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-64-martin-evans/
Annie Brookstone is a former magazine boss type and current freelance writer and editor who has recently moved from Cape Town to Berlin. Annie pretty much has the dream career as she’s lucked out into watching porn, smoking weed, and masturbating, and then also getting to call it 'research'. When she's not writing about sex, cannabis or travel, her interests include getting tied up, learning how to fight the biggest guy in the room, and snacking. She's also kak at wearing clothes. Annie is someone who I have followed online for years and through her writing is partially responsible for some of my (and maybe your) sex education. We get into her early days starting out as a sex columnist for FHM and how it put her on her journey of publicly exploring the kinkier side of life. Annie's career has spanned across publications and continents, from writing for the likes of Men's Health and FHM to being the Acting Deputy Editor of Cosmopolitan and more recently contributing to the wonderful weed focused website, Kush Kush. We talk about being tied up with ropes and we also talk about getting tied up in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. No surprises that the two share some similarities. It's fair to say Annie lives life on her own terms- there's truly so much to learn from her. Enjoy.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-63-annie-brookstone/
Schalk Bezuidenhout is an actor and comedian who has been ridiculously prolific in the decade or so he's been in the game. He's got multiple specials out, he's toured the country many times, he's in TV shows and movies, and he even performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year. Schalk has a lot of experience under his belt but still feels like he has a lot to prove to himself and desires that next level of success beyond our shores.  Schalk and I get into some pretty deep topics whilst also cracking jokes about moustaches, which I guess is kinda Schalk's vibe. We chat about being bullied in school and we also get into some of the nuances of growing up white and Afrikaans in 90s South Africa. Racism and homophobia were norms around many of us growing up so we reflect on that and how it influenced the work we create and the people we are today. I enjoyed this chat a lot because I think it perfectly straddles that fun and casual/deep and honest line that I like to ride with this podcast. I hope you enjoy it too.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-62-schalk-bezuidenhout/
Episode 61 - Push Push

Episode 61 - Push Push

2020-04-2001:42:41

Push Push aka Nicci St Bruce is a musician and one of my favourite human beings on planet earth. Although sometimes I wonder if she even is human and from this planet at all. Nicci is a phenom and someone who has lived a rather eventful life already, so she has a lot to share whilst things aren't all that eventful for most of us.  I initially thought we were going to have a fun chat about wrestling and rap music but due to current circumstances, instead, we discuss the current stresses of Corona both in the USA and SA. From how the fuck we're meant to pay rent to the effects on mental health, things get rather political and somewhat philosophical before we get nostalgic for days gone past and regretful of the people we used to be. Oh, and Animal Crossing. We briefly chat about Animal Crossing- the prime source of joy for many atm. This is one of the more candid and open episodes of TAPP and it truly goes all over the place but there are plenty of nuggets of wisdom amongst the chaos.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-61-push-push/
Jumping Back Slash is a rather prolific producer and sound engineer who calls Knysna, South Africa home after originally being from a small town in Wales and spending his youth in the London music scene. JBS has had a long career in the entertainment industry but he's currently loving living out his "late-era Kate Bush" life, creating music in his studio far from the reaches of city life and music scenes.  This conversation truly goes all over the place as JBS and I work through the last decade (and more) of his career here in South Africa whilst also sharing many, many opinions on "The Industry" and what it means to make and consume original music in these oversaturated and overstimulated times. We talk about our mutual love of Spoek Mathambo and how instrumental he was in JBS's career, and we also get into how important it is to connect and work with people who are on a similar wavelength. I know I always say this, but, there's A LOT to be learned from this one. Enjoy.  Follow Jumping Back Slash on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisisjbs Listen to Obscure Artist Diets here: https://swakcatalog1.bandcamp.com/album/obscure-artist-diets Listen to the podcast: https://bit.ly/thealmostperfectpodcast Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Sign up to the newsletter: mailchi.mp/17b96443cdfe/almostperfectnewsletter Follow us on social media: Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectpodcast/ Twitter: twitter.com/almost_podcast
Episode 59 - Judd Campbell

Episode 59 - Judd Campbell

2020-03-2001:04:15

Judd Campbell is a restaurateur who has been feeding Durbanites for the better part of a decade. While many of you will know Judd from his plethora of coffee shops and restaurants, I doubt you know the story of how Judd got started in the world of hospitality. I'll let Judd tell you how he became a waiter on the cast, and from there you can learn how he's translated his passion for food and customer service into multiple successful businesses starting with the legendary Corner Cafe.  Judd has recently opened up a restaurant called A Pizza my Heart so a fair bit of our discussion goes towards pizza and what makes their's unique. We also hear stories of "back in the day" and reminisce over old haunts like Home, and hear tales of Judd's adventures in hospitality around the world.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-59-judd-campbell/
Robin Thirdfloor and Rhea Blek are two of Durban's most original musicians. Back in the day, that would have been a problem but these days Durbanites are supporting unique and original sounds more and more so things are looking good for Durban's musical power couple. We sat down together the morning after a particularly raucous First Thursdays event put together by Roots Up and had a chat about making music work for you in the 031 and beyond.  We get into being outsiders and how that can drive you creatively, The Law of Attraction (which I very incorrectly call "Manifesting Destiny", turns out that does not mean what I thought it did), and their dreams and fears for the future.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-58-robin-thirdfloor-rhea-blek/
It's a two for one special on this episode of The Almost Perfect Podcast.  Kate Pinchuck is a comedian, actor, writer, and teacher, and Ryan Harduth calls himself a "comedy uncle" but really he's one of the people behind the scenes getting a lot of comedians on TV and stages around the country. I was meant to chat to them separately but things didn't work out that way so instead, the three of us waffled on about comedy and life over some waffles.  In this conversation, we dig into the differences between acting and comedy, we look at the highs and lows of being a comedian in SA today (as well as get a little history lesson), we discuss getting broken up with via text, and we touch on ADD and mental health.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-57-kate-pinchuck-ryan-harduth/
Episode 56 - Birthday Q&A

Episode 56 - Birthday Q&A

2020-02-2001:01:56

"And he looks at her and he says 'We're going to a party It's a birthday party, it's your birthday party Happy birthday, darling We love you very, very, very, very, very, very, very much'" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GHyLhbdzN0 It's my birthday this Friday so I thought I'd get a bit reflective by fielding some listener questions for this episode. Find out what Pokemon I'd be if I was a Pokemon, what my favourite South African venues are, which wrestler I'd like to play MTG against, and a whole bunch of other weird shit you probably didn't know you wanted to know about me. A big thanks to everyone who submitted questions and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Across Dress the Universe 2: Intergalactic Boogaloo at The Winston Pub this Friday 21 February.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-56-birthday-qa/  
Episode 55 - P-Kuttah

Episode 55 - P-Kuttah

2020-02-1201:14:11

P-Kuttah aka Verdine Peterson is a DJ, producer, and events coordinator based in Jozi but who got his start in music in Durban.  This turntablist extraordinaire is a former SA DJ Champion and SAHHA winner who has been a part of influential bands like T.H.O.T.S (Tree Houses on the Sea) and has been instrumental in helping build the Jozi hip-hop scene as part of Kool Out Concepts.  In this conversation, we learn how Verdine earned his place in the industry and we take a walk down memory lane as we get into his early days in the Durban scene. We get into what makes hip-hop so hard to DJ well and what makes playing vinyl records so satisfying. We also chat about whether P-Kuttah will get back into the battle scene, the excitement and fears behind his upcoming EP, and so much more.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-55-p-kuttah/
Episode 54 - Cath Jenkin

Episode 54 - Cath Jenkin

2020-01-3001:32:27

Cath Jenkin is a freelance writer (and chameleon of sorts) who I used to troll on forums back in the day. I know, shocking. Who would have ever thought I was on forums? Despite our early online interactions, Cath has become someone I respect and admire greatly. While she started out in IT, she's continually adapted as the years have gone on and has been supporting herself and her daughter by churning out regular articles across various niche topics for clients across the world. I find support myself as a freelancer is tough enough, which makes Cath's success even more impressive. We get into the highs and lows of freelance life, the pressures and sacrifices that come with getting your kid into a good school, and we reminisce about the old online escapades of Durban's alternative scene.  https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-54-cath-jenkin/
Ebenhaezer Dibakwane is a comedian and actor who has been on the rise for a minute now but it's been a hell of a journey to get to where he is today. Ebenhaezer grew up religious but found his life falling apart when he lost his faith. From suicide attempts to living on the streets, we get into some very real topics in this conversation. It's not all hectic though as Ebenhaezer has turned his tragedies into comedy and provides plenty of laughs and commentary on standup comedy between the realness.  Follow Ebenhaezer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Our_Ebenhaezer Listen to the podcast: bit.ly/almostpod Support the cast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/almostperfect Sign up to the newsletter: mailchi.mp/17b96443cdfe/almostperfectnewsletter Follow us on social media: Facebook: web.facebook.com/almostperfectpod/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/almostperfectbob/ Twitter: twitter.com/almost_podcast
Episode 52 - Mojak Lehoko

Episode 52 - Mojak Lehoko

2020-01-1501:36:19

Mojak Lehoko is a comedian, writer, actor, TV presenter, podcaster, and musician. Mojak started out his entertainment career in the rap game before transferring those skills to comedy stages around the country. For my money, Mojak is the best host in SA comedy and I know I'm going to have a good night if he's the MC. Through countless club gigs, multiple one-man shows, and becoming a familiar face on TV stations like MTV, Mojak has made an impressive name for himself but 2019 saw him questioning where he's at in life and his career.   We get into Mojak's early days in the SA hip-hop and comedy scenes and how the skills he learned from rap translated to comedy. Then we get what made 2019 such a tough year for Mojak and where his head is at going forward. Mojak is a deep and honest cat so this one should leave you with a lot to think about.   https://almostperfect.co.za/ep-52-mojak-lehoko/
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