Lately, Comedian Dalin Oliver is probably best known for chasing the Monday blues away on his weekly laugh-a-minute show, “Happy Hour” alongside Carl Weber on Good Hope FM, but there so much more to know about this local funny man. We sat down with the Dalin to find out what makes him tick.
Describe yourself in 5 words:
This is a tough question – does that count as 5 words? Happy (most of the time), Sleepy (I work early mornings and late nights), Bashful (not a fan of the limelight), Sneezy (I have sinus problems), Grumpy (because of my sinus problems). Ironically, It’s also the names of 5 of the 7 dwarfs. I was surprised that we had so much in common.
What is your idea of the perfect date?
Tinder or Pokemon Go? Only kidding. Perfect means that there’s so much pressure for everything to go according to plan. I don’t really mind what we do. As long the lady is good company and has a personality then we are good to go.
What do you look for in a woman?
I guess sincerity, loving nature, honesty, kindness and a strong value system is up there. She has to have sense of humour – who else is going to listen to and laugh at my boring jokes? And yes, looks do play a part. My kids need to look like their mom and not dad (lol).
Who is your celebrity crush?
There’s a few. I’ll give you my top 3 in no particular order. My reason is pretty simple. These are beautiful women who would be privileged to have the opportunity of meeting me (haha). I’m sure I feature on their top 3 list……of people they’ve never heard of. That means I wouldn’t even feature. Ana de Armas, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jennifer Aniston.
Your biggest relationship dealbreaker is…
Smoking and unkempt hands and feet. Our first date would be at a day spa so that we can start off on the right foot.
What do you do for fun or to relax?
Performing relaxes me – so definitely stand-up comedy. Otherwise, I recently started surfing and I jog quite a bit to clear my mind. I enjoy reading autobiographies to learn more about the journey of successful people. I also listen to podcasts. Mainly ones featuring comedians or individuals involved in the comedy industry. If I’m doing none of the above then you can catch me on my couch catching up on series, movies and sports.
If you could instantly download three skills or super powers like an app what would they be?
A cooking app would be a priority. I’m not great in the kitchen. I need to learn though. I can’t keep living off takeaways. A sleep more app that doesn’t allow me to lose any hours in the day. So I’d be sleeping longer but still have time to be productive. Sleep is not overrated. I’m offended when I hear people say that it is. A heal the world app – like Michael Jackon said – we need to make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race. I’m serious about this.
Right now, what are you completely obsessed with?
Stand-up comedy. From series to one man shows, books, podcasts, work and conversations with people. I guess it’s a good thing. It hasn’t affected my mental well-being just yet. I’m trying to become more of a student of the art. I’m around it 24/7. So why not take full advantage of the resources and access points that I have. I’m fascinated by the on and off stage process.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I need to have a cup of coffee and or chocolate before I go onto stage. I have a sweet tooth and need to feed the craving. It calms me down before all the adrenalin kicks in during my performance. Weird. I know.
When you were little you wanted to be…
I had two childhood dreams. First up was to play for the Proteas. Cricket was and still is a big passion of mine. I played provincial cricket for Western Province from u/15-u/19. AB de Villiers and I played in the same team. I told him the country needs him more than me so I decided to retire. The last two sentences are not true but it’s what I’ll tell my kids and grandkids. I also wanted to be an aeronautical engineer. I know right. This dream soon ended when I discovered physics and technical drawing. Let’s just say I was the reason the class average was rather low.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
There are four major career events coming up this year. I’ll take advantage of our relationship and highlight it.
Happy Hour on Good Hope FM every Monday from 11am – 12pm. It’s a comedy show that I co-host with fellow comedian Carl Weber. The release of Finders Keepers in cinemas on 18 August 2017. It’s a South African comedy and I play one of the lead roles. My stand-up comedy show Face For Radio. It’s my second one-man show and runs at the Baxter from 22 August – 9 September before I tour with it. Performing at the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre in July/August.
What can’t you live without?
My family – so my parents and two sisters. It’s weird. When I was a teenager/student I wanted to be “cool” and not be seen with them. Now that I’m older I really enjoy hanging out with the older folk and soaking up their pearls of wisdom.
Quick Fun Facts:
Favourite chocolate? Tex.
Favourite TV show? Black-ish.
Favourite movie? Step Brothers.
Favourite meal? Mom’s home cooked lasagne.
Favourite travel item? Earphones, a good book and my old school music playlist.
Favourite clothing brand? This is pretty tough. I’m not a name brand junky but I’d say New Balance sneakers, Levi jeans/shirts with a fresh white, grey or black Tshirt and I’m good to go.
Favourite childhood memory? Family holidays. When life was simple and I had no worries.
Favourite go to place? Anywhere near the ocean.
Favourite sportsman? Hashim Amla.
Favourite drink? Coffee Milkshake.
Want more from Dalin Oliver? Don’t forget to tune in and listen to the weekly radio show, Happy Hour, every Monday between 11:00-12:00 and on Good Hope FM .