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Anton Taylor on How to be a Joburg Boet, The Wisdom of Jozi Shore and the Show, Jozi Shore

The Wisdom of Jozi ShoreThe Wisdom of Jozi Shore author Anton Taylor recently spoke to the Saturday Star‘s Shameer Naik about Jozi Shore, a spin-off of the American reality show Jersey Shore, which aims to highlight the differences between “boets” from Joburg and “hipsters” from Cape Town.

Taylor says the idea came form his friend and partner Dean Shamley. “We went for beers one afternoon and he suggested that we play on the cultural clash between Joburgers and Capetonians, and suggested the name. After that, I called up some of my friends, we drank a lot of beers, turned on the camera, and winged it.”

When asked about the book, Taylor says: “I have to modestly say that I think it is just great. We noticed that people really responded positively to our one-liners, so we thought we’d make a book compiling our favourite one-liners, as well as some new ones.”

1.) For those who don’t know anything about Jozi Shore, what is the show all about ?

Jozi Shore revolves around the cultural clash between Joburg and Cape Town citizens.

Essentially, the story line is about a group of Joburg boets, who come down to Cape Town. I visit my cousin, who is a stereotypical Cape Town hipster, and whose love of free-trade coffee and yoga I cannot comprehend.

Throughout the series I endeavour to teach him how to become a proper boet.

2.) Was the show inspired by international hit reality shows Jersey Shore and Geordie Shore?

Apart from the name, and elements of the structure, not too much. Obviously in Jersey Shore there are some parallels, as the guys take juice and put on fake tan, but they’re reality shows whereas we’re having a laugh and playing stereotypical characters

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