Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner 2014 - Grahamstown Arts Festival
Robby Collins – Comedian
Robby Collins’ rise from actor on the Durban theatre circuit to fully fledged stand-up comedian has taken all of 5 years. Considered one of the most prominent faces of the new generation of South African comedy, Robby’s career achievements belies his years on the comedy circuit.
A comedian whose material draws on real life comes across at ease on the stage and has a very believable stage presence, endearing himself to audience with his gawky giraffe-like frame.
Robby has played to the biggest comedy audiences in South Africa with appearances at ‘The Heavy Weight Comedy Jam’, ‘Blacks Only’ ‘Kings, ‘Queens of Comedy’ and ‘Comedy Central Live at Parkers’ . Further proof of his talent lies in his personal selection by SA’s top comics as their opening act, Marc Lottering, Eugene Khoza and Trevor Noah. His Tour with Trevor Noah was extensive and constituted over 50 shows all over Southern Africa. In 2013 Robby debuted his very own one man show ‘That Bushman is Crazy’. All his on stage endeavour earned him a well-deserved nomination for “breakthrough act of the year” in 2011 and 2012 Comics Choice Awards.
Robby’s talents are not reserved for the stage having been involved on the small screen in his capacity as an actor in Scandal and starring in his first movie, Curry and Vice. Robby received an Emmy nomination for his writing on Late Night News with Loyiso Gola. He has also written for Ekasi Stories, and appeared for three seasons on Laugh Out Loud as part of the Improv team, Abadlali.
Robby has also appeared on TV starring in various commercials for Yellow Pages and DSTV.
Robby’s future is no doubt a bright one and one that involves him being at the pinnacle of the SA comedy scene for years to come!