He began stand-up in 1995, and was a founder comic at the Civic Theatre's Punchline Pub. He has since performed at every stand-up initiative around the country, including Cape Town’s Comedy Warehouse, Joburg's Junxion Blue and Pretoria's Boston Tea Party – as well as an occasional rock festival.
Alyn's stand-up routine includes jokes, observational comedy and song parodies, but the common thread running through all his humour is bizarre mental gymnastics. His offbeat, intellectual spin on the most everyday phenomena is always original and refreshing – and completely unlike any other comedy performance on the South African circuit. In 1996 and 1997, he performed in Durban, Johannesburg and Grahamstown with the smash-hit Durban Poison Comedy Roadshow, and was also invited to work on the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival in Cape Town (1996/1997) and Durban (1997). In 1998 and 1999, he presented his solo 90-minute stand-up show, Rant Boy, at theatres in Johannesburg, Durban and Grahamstown. His comedy has been described as “a non-stop flow of verbal gems” (Mike Tarr, The Daily News) and “the finest breed of social vivisection” (Charl Blignaut, The Mail & Guardian).
Since September 1999, Alyn has been a regular act on the Joe Parker Comedy Express, playing a hectic schedule of venues countrywide. He’s also in growing demand for corporate bookings, and is a founder member of Parker Leisure’s latest project; improvisational comedy in the Who’s Line Is It Anyway? mould. He appeared on Joe Parker’s Comedy Express Video in 2000, and was the first comic featured in SABC3’s Comedy Showcase (2001).
For sophisticated, lateral comedy that gives your brain as much of a workout as your funny bone, Alyn Adams is your man.