In an interview on Bruce Whitfield’s The Money Show on Radio 702 and Cape Talk, comedian David Kau opened up about his finances.
Looking back, the famous comedian said that while he may have saved a bit of money by not drinking or taking drugs, he did have a love for something that costs a lot more than either of those two things – cars.
Kau says he has spent over R5 million on cars over his life, and that’s not even including his first ride – a Volkswagen Golf Polo GTI.
“I didn’t drink, I didn’t take drugs. So I saved a lot of money there. But also drove Land Rovers for 14 years… The cars I’ve driven, if I leave out my first Polo, Golf 2 litre another GTI… I spent more than R5 million,” he said.
The comedian, known for, among other things, owning and hosting the hugely popular Blacks Only series of comedy line-up shows, also chatted about how he never wanted to be a comedian, but fell into the profession after he was tasked with writing his own show to graduate from drama school at the University of Cape Town.
He also stressed the fact that he is a self-made man.
“Everything I’ve had I paid for… I book other comics, they don’t book me… I employed a lot of people and I gave away a lot of money”.
While Kau has both starred in (2013’s Blitzpatrollie), and made movies (2012’s Taxi Ride), he warns that getting into filmmaking in South Africa is not a sound financial decision.
“In South Africa movies are the worst business to be in… A lot of producers are rich people who want to meet famous people… 94% of movies lose money”.
(Compiled by Daniel Friedman)