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Bingeing with Spling - Join Our Watch Party

Spling has just launched Bingeing with Spling, a brand new watch party event in which Spling hosts a synchronised screening with interaction across social media channels. The first watch party event is around the Zachary Levi superhero comedy adventure, Shazam!, which is now available to stream Showmax. Having hosted a number of movie event gatherings and special pre-screenings including Ster-Kinekor Movie Buffs, Spling has a wealth of experience in organising these kind of events. During lockdown, he began focusing on movies available online and via streaming providers to give people reviews of films available to stream from the comfort of their home.

The Sunday night M-NET movie has become something of an institution in South Africa. On most Sundays, Twitter's social media feeds light up with people watching the film together. Spling took inspiration from this and from the growing prevalence of streaming as a primary source of entertainment, which prompted the concept behind Bingeing with Spling. Using his social media channels, Spling has been getting movie fans excited about the first event, which will be taking place on Friday, 24 April at 8pm.

Enjoying movie banter, prizes and having the best comments and tweets published in the round-up article on The Plum List, there are many reasons to get excited about what could become a much-anticipated monthly movie event. It's still early days yet but you can join the official Bingeing with Spling group on Facebook or simply become a fan of the facebook.com/SplingMovies page or follow @SplingMovies on Twitter to stay in the loop.

Manstruation: Surviving a Wife - Jason Goliath's Stand Up Comedy on Showmax

Jason Goliath is quickly becoming just that, one of South Africa's comedy giants. Together with his brothers, the trio have made a name for themselves on stage and behind-the-scenes. If there was a comedy mafia, you could argue that these guys are it... owning a comedy club, a restaurant and turning their entrepreneurial ventures into an empire. While they're all adept at commandeering a microphone whether serving as master of ceremonies, it's Jason who seems to be the leader of the pack. An authentic stage presence armed with a motormouth, he's large and in charge, able to get away with almost any chirp as witnessed in Manstruation: Surviving a Wife, directed by Muhammed Nadjee.

Jason Goliath Manstruation

A charming chap whose self-deprecation keeps him grounded and in touch with audiences, he's got to the point where he doesn't have to prove himself anymore. He's comfortable on stage, even if you get the opposite impression with him wiping sweat from his brow intermittently. Working from a simple set, he has a bar stool set up in front of two funny enlarged toilet signs representing the show's spicy title and battle of the sexes. Goliath is a man of the people, tapping into the local scene with vigor and totally owning his South African heritage, using slang and made up words to great effect.

Starting with a typical tease of the front row to warm things up and connect with his audience, he launches into a funny one man show about his love life, dating and marriage. It's typically crude at points as you'd expect taking the comedy to some places even Star Trek wouldn't go. His honesty and warmth is appreciated and comes through in his comedy, showing that while he's poking fun - he cares about people. This is expressed in the content itself as Goliath turns his show into something resembling a sermon with one audience member even chiming in with a "yes" that sounded more like an "amen" to emphasise this point. While it may have a message, it remains constantly entertaining and its educational undertones are substantial and something to appreciate.

Walking this fine line between gender politics and relational dynamics, Goliath makes his show more than just a comedy bit, giving the audience some opportunities for self-reflection but bringing it back to the laughs as he navigates relationships through comedy. Manstruation: Surviving a Wife is an enjoyable romp with a twist and demonstrates Goliath's control over the material. He never seems to be struggling for words and turns in a fun, funny and insightful show about modern relationships with a twinkle in his eye.

Face for Radio - Dalin Oliver's Stand Up Comedy on Showmax

Dalin Oliver has been told he looks like Vin Diesel from The Fast and the Furious and Simon Helberg, better known as Howard Wolowitz from the hit TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. Although he looks like they were both his father... making him the perfect combination of action and comedy. The Good Hope FM sports presenter has picked up the microphone and become a stand up. A charming and cheerful character, whose facial features make him stand out, he grew up in Cape Town's southern suburbs going to South Peninsula school before Wynberg Boys. His second stand up show Face for Radio is directed by Stuart Taylor and grapples with his personal experiences and growing pains.

Dalin Oliver - Face for Radio

Taking place at Grand West's intimate Hanover Street Night Club, the show has a classic stand up comedy stage feel. Set against the theatre's red curtains, it's a little anonymous but works as a stripped down bit. Oliver has a few props, but it would have enhanced the show's production value if he'd had some decals or even a reworking of the show's billboard.

While he leverages his face as part of the act, using it as a running joke through his childhood as kids would hurl insults, it's a biographical stand up show. Talking about his school experiences, growing up in Retreat, Face for Radio has a very local-is-lekker approach. It's mostly aimed at locals who grew up with similar family dynamics and traditions, using nostalgia, inside jokes and references to house shops, local slang and pop culture. The feeling isn't exclusive, since most of the bits are broad enough to understand, but you could feel somewhat alienated being in the audience if you didn't know the words to popular songs or catchphrases. It's more of an educational stand up show for those outside the circle of experience, but one that's delivered with such infectious enthusiasm it still remains entertaining and funny.

Dalin Oliver is an entertainer and seems to enjoy every moment. His writing is intimate, warm and he pokes fun without having to resort to coarse language. While he's speaking to a specific audience, his show has some good laughs for everyone and remains amusing even when he's talking about insider elements such as Cracker Snacks and "being French" in Retreat. You can watch Face for Radio now on Showmax.

Adult Swim Taps into Nature's Brutality in Genndy Tartakovsky's Epic Animated Series, Primal

Primal encompasses every aspect of the word, telling the story of an unlikely friendship between a caveman at the dawn of evolution and a dinosaur on the brink of extinction. After tragedy strikes, early man and dinosaur find a connection that unites them against all threats. Now wielding a spear and riding a dinosaur the fierce warrior is able to double his efforts when it comes to self-defence and hunting for food. One on the verge of extinction and the other just beginning, they become allies and each other's only hope of survival in a bloodthirsty and ruthless prehistoric world.

Primal is from Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator behind the Emmy-winning series Samurai Jack and director of Hotel Transylvania and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Using dynamic yet artful animation, which veers from extreme close ups to spectacular action, Tartakovsky is able to use visual storytelling to convey his caveman's thoughts and feelings.

A chunky man filled with rage, it's easy to see similarities between the caveman and The Hulk, especially when it comes to sheer strength and basic instincts. Tartakovsky says he was influenced by the Conan: The Barbarian comics and the "complex, confusing and cruel" brutality of nature.

adult swim Primal

There's no dialogue, allowing the animated series to break language barriers and forcing the creators to rely on creativity and nuance when conveying character and propelling the inner journey.

Instead, the characters express themselves through grunts, roars and gestures clearly conveying meaning thanks to detailed animation, art direction and sound design. It could have been an animated feature film, but feels just about right at 20 minutes per episode.

The sparse scripting, distinct animation style and brutal head-splitting action give Primal its own raw, bone-breaking and visceral power. It's a series for fans of God of War, people who want to unleash rage and pent up primal energy. While animated, it's violent and full of fury, making it only suitable for mature audiences unleash you want your living room destroyed.

The animated series is part of the [adult swim] collection now available to watch exclusively on Showmax.

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