The Coronavirus lockdown has driven local artists to come up with new and innovative ideas to entertain their fans and also earn an income.
The lockdown has been especially hard on the entertainment industry and seen the cancellation of all shows and appearances and music studios.
But you can’t hold a good artist down and soon singers, musicians and comedians started taking to social media, putting on shows and lifting spirits. The hardest working person on social media for me right now has to be the Cape comedy star, Plaasnaar.
The man, who gave us the popular catch phrase “sorry for the curse”, shot to fame for wiping his mouth with a roti in a video clip that went viral.
Plaasnaar’s recent lockdown clip, “Cyril gee pouse”, has hit the internet so hard that President Cyril Ramaphosa personally phoned the comedian to tell him that he must continue with his brand of humour because the country so badly needs it during this tough lockdown period.
What makes Plaasnaar different is that he has a reality show ala Big Brother which starts in the morning with The Stink Bek Show and ends at night with The Plaasnaar Show.
There are also segments in the afternoon, and in between he jumps to other people’s pages to guest star in their live videos.
Each of these videos used to be 30 minutes long, but it’s gone up to an hour now and the followers are tuning in and more are joining everyday.
His Facebook page grew by 20 000 followers in just under two weeks.
He has put together a fantastic team with great likable personalities like Pokey and Jessy Jawl.
Pokey is Plaasnaar’s close friend and also produces his music and recordings.
For the fans, it’s now official: Plaasnaar en Jessy Jawl is an item.
This was made clear in a recent video where the two vry each other into another dimension.
Plaasnaar says that one of the best investments he has made before the lockdown was setting up his website.
The public can subscribe to it and it also allows him to place music for download and other items for sale on there.
Best of all, he has complete control over what happens there.
Now that there are no more stage shows, he is still able to sustain his dream and his family, and it’s all thanks to the fans who are flocking to his website.
In the series, Plaasnaar is joined by his sister and brother who are both portrayed by him.
I saw a clip and found it amazing to see all three characters in one shot, and it looks so real.
This, he says, was made possible when The Plaasnaar Show moved from Goodwood to Paarden Eiland, where he is being sponsored with a filming studio by Modja Media.
Here they also have access to green screens, and Plaasnaar says he wants to reassure fans that he is in fact not violating lockdown regulations by walking outside.
All of these outdoor shots are achieved using the green screen.
When Plaasnaar speaks about this studio, he sounds like an excited kid who just received a new toy.
I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
When speaking to this talent, one gets a sense of just how serious he is taking this game and how hard he pushes every single day.
He has an understanding of social media second to none and is always willing to share his success stories with those around him.
With that said, please support this brother, he deserves it because he is putting in the work along with his co-hosts Pokey and Jessy Jawl, all to keep you entertained.
So go and like his Facebook page, follow him on Instagram, and feel free to subscribe to his website, www.plaasnaarlive.co.za.