The 2019 installment of "The Big 5 Comedy Show" sees John Vlismas gearing up for one of his final shows before he embarks on the next chapter of his life. Vlismas will share the stage with fellow industry heavyweights Stuart Taylor, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Tats Nkonzo and Kurt Schoonraad.
On what to expect from the show, Vlismas says: “My set’s going to be my most concentrated material yet. I’m going to put in things that the people who like me really want to hear and the people who hate me really don’t want to hear from me and I don’t care.”
The 46-year-old lost his father to a heart attack last year. And it seems the loss inspired him to realign his priorities and take a new direction in his life.
“I ended a long-term relationship, the business I was in, where I worked with other comedians, I got out of that. I revisited old friendships that needed my attention, most importantly my daughter, who was starting to become last in the various compartments of my life.”
Though he is still sharing jokes on a different platform, Vlismas says he is enjoying teaching at Henley Business school, where he is also completing his MBA.
“I’ve really enjoyed doing comedy, but I’ve had enough of this. It makes me lazy, my ability to go out and earn money by talking s**t is too easy.
“I talk about change. I teach disruption at Henley. If you look at my life, I have certainly disrupted myself but the big disruption would be ‘okay that’s it. I’m not doing this anymore’.
“And if you want to see what I do, you need to come to my classroom because we need to learn, don’t laugh, learn, you can do both, I don’t mind.”
The Big 5 Comedy Show takes place on July 26 and 27 at the Teatro in Montecasino.