in the spotlight - alfred adriaan
Alfred Adriaan is a well-rounded, hilariously funny and relatable comedian with his comedy deeply rooted in everyday life. He is a firm favourite with people from different age groups and backgrounds and he performs in both English and Afrikaans.
Recently an MC at The Wedding Expo, Alfred has over 10 years experience as a Brand and Marketing manager which gives him a key understanding of the corporate market. He has a string of awards and has performed to audiences in New York, Sydney, Perth and numerous countries on the African continent. We caught up with him this week and chatted about his work as the Master of Ceremonies at weddings:
How many weddings have you been the master of ceremonies for?
That’s tough because I've done so many and I don't have a number. However I can tell you that I've done around 15 in the last 6 months. I can also tell you that I've been doing wedding MC work for 17 years. I'm only 36 years old. I did my 1st wedding when I was 19 years old.
You are also professional corporate Master of ceremonies and a comedian. How are corporate events different from Weddings?
Well I treat both with a great deal of care and respect. I think the difference is that weddings are very personal. Corporate events tend to be more structured and they have a message for the audience and a rigid structure where as with a wedding it’s personal and I tend to manage the Bride and Groom more. I want them to be comfortable and relaxed. I want them to know I am in control and they can have a good time on their big day. This means I insist of meeting with them and being in contact with them on how things are going running up to the wedding and I'm am their go to go on the day.
Why would you recommend a professional MC at a wedding?
Well the reality is that professional MCs do this for a living and they are very well versed and ready to handle potential disasters and to give the event that extra POP which will keep people talking about the wedding for months and years to come. The couple has spent so much money on the venue, the dress, the rings, catering and even the DJ. Why now risk spoiling the event with an amateur MC. This is possibly the most important element of the wedding. How many times have you heard people say "That MC was terrible" or "The MC was boring'? Weddings rely on the MC to create the right mood in order for everyone to have a good time. At the risk of blowing my own horn. I have done weddings where the brides have said the MC was more important than the wedding dress.
What is the worst thing that has happened at a wedding where you were the MC?
I have seen it all from power outages to DJs being late to the drunk uncle that can’t stop talking about the grooms 1st wife or getting to frisky with the brides maids. The reality is that I am prepared and ready to do what is necessary to get things back on track. Sometimes it means doing an impromptu comedy set other times it means talking to the service providers and making a plan while I buy us time. I once had to make jokes by candlelight with no Microphone for 40 min and it turned out to be one of the most fun weddings I've been involved in.
How would a couple go about booking a professional MC and what should they look out for?
That’s a good question because there are sadly so many fly by night MCs out there. Make sure the MC has reputable management. Avoid people who do their own bookings this is normally a sign that you are dealing with an amateur. Agencies Like whacked Management vet their MCs and only work with the best because the agency itself has a reputation to uphold. Secondly do ask for references and call them if possible to hear what their experience was with the MCs you are considering for your wedding. Lastly have a briefing meeting with the MC so that you can get a feel for him/her and if you don’t like what you see or feel then move on to the next one.
What kind of jokes do you do at weddings?
Well I like to focus on a good energy for the wedding day. So I like to have fun ,but not at the expense of the guests. I will never make any TABOO jokes. So I keep it fun interactive and light. I am fluid and in the moment and will normally talk about everything from relationships to what happened on the day. The important thing is to get the audience to have fun laugh and create a great jolly atmosphere with a few soft moments when appropriate.
To book Alfred, please call his very friendly agent Keiron Whitemore at Whacked Management and tell him you want the family package.
011 326 0021
083 212 5301
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