There wasn’t a dry eye in the Joseph Stone Auditorium this weekend when comedian Quinton Manuel hosted his annual No Sour Hour show.
But nobody was sad. Instead mense were crying with laughter at the three sold-out shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in Athlone.
MC Marc Kali opened the Friday night show ahead of Quinton, who was the main act.
Singer Elwira Standili had the crowd dancing when she kicked off with Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special and mellowed it down with Joy’s Paradise Road.
The Unknown Dance Crew from Ocean View brought the house down with their kwaai performances, while a band also struck up tunes.
“The band doesn’t have a name. They are made up of a diverse group of men who played a variety of cultural music,” Quinton explained.
He had mense in stitches as he regaled them with stories of his upbringing.
“These aren’t stories you can make up. The things I went through growing up as a Pinkster kind in a Christian home is my life story.
“I do this because even religious people need a break from the seriousness and just an opportunity to laugh about our cultures and religion,” he said.
Frederick van Wyk and his wife, Natasha, enjoyed the show.
“We love Quinton. We always attend his shows and the No Sour Hour is an annual date on our calendar.”
Devanish Hendricks and Juanita Cloete say the show was a reminder to stay grounded.
“Quinton speaks about staying in your lane, people need to remain grounded and nurture their own ministry.”