International
Comedy Festival
25 NOV - 5 DEC
2015
TREVOR NOAH
UNDOUBTEDLY SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST FAMOUS COMEDIC EXPORT, WHEN TREVOR NOAH TOOK OVER THE SEAT OF ‘THE DAILY SHOW’ HE BROKE ALL COMEDY CENTRAL VIEWING RECORDS IN SOUTH AFRICA. JUST AS SOUTH AFRICANS WERE DELIBERATING AS TO WHETHER THEY WOULD EVER GET TO SEE HIM AGAIN, HE’S BACK FOR THE FIRST EVER COMEDY CENTRAL INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL. HE HAS HOSTED NUMEROUS TELEVISION SHOWS AND MADE HIS US TV DEBUT IN 2012 ON ‘THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO’ GOING ON TO APPEAR ON ‘THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN’ BECOMING THE FIRST SA STAND-UP COMEDIAN TO HAVE THAT HONOUR. HE HAS SOLD OUT AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE, THE HAMMERSMITH APOLLO IN LONDON, THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE IN AUSTRALIA AND IN MANY US CITIES.
TATS NKONZO
WITH TREMENDOUS CHARM AND TALENT, ALONG WITH A NATURAL SENSE OF ENTERTAINMENT, IT’S NO SURPRISE THE ARGUS CALLED TATS NKONZO “ONE OF THE BEST ACTS TO HAPPEN TO SOUTH AFRICAN COMEDY”. HIS ARSENAL OF HUMOR, INTELLECT AND A GUITAR, MAKE TATS AN UNRIVALLED COMEDIC ENTERTAINER BE IT ON STAGE OR TELEVISION. THE WINNER OF MULTIPLE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARDS AND HOST OF SA'S GOT TALENT, TATS REACHES 2.5 MILLION VIEWERS WEEKLY. HE HAS LENT HIS TALENTS AS A WRITER AND PERFORMER TO THE EMMY NOMINATED SATIRICAL SHOW, LATE NITE NEWS WITH LOYISO GOLA. HE HAS STARRED IN FOUR ONE-MAN SHOWS, AND WAS INVITED TO TAKE THE LATEST “THE AFRICAN WITH WI-FI” TO THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE. IN 2014 HE TOOK TOP HONOURS AT THE MONTREUX COMEDY FESTIVAL IN SWITZERLAND, COMPETING AGAINST COMEDIANS FROM THE US AND UK
SCHALK BEZUIDENHOUT
SCHALK BEZUIDENHOUT WAS BORN IN A VERY AFRIKAANS, ‘BRING-TERUG-APARTHEID’ TOWN. HE EVOLVED FROM AN AFRIKAANS CONSERVATIVE CATERPILLAR INTO A BEAUTIFUL DRAMA QUEEN BUTTERFLY, COMPLETE WITH A MOUSTACHE AND FURRY AFRO. HAVING REALISED THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH MORE TO LIFE THAN BOEREWORS AND RUGBY, HE STARTED DOING STAND-UP IN APRIL 2011. HE HAS PERFORMED ALONGSIDE SOME OF SA’S BEST COMEDIANS. HE PERFORMED IN ‘GEMENGDE VRUGTE: AFRIKAANS STAND-UP KOMEDIE’ AT THE STAGE IN BELVILLE, OU MEUL TEATER IN PAARL, AND DIE SKUUR. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE PERFORMING ON ‘LIVE @ PARKER’S ON COMEDY CENTRAL WITH BARRY HILTON’, ‘BLACKS ONLY’, ‘KEEPING YOU IN STITCHES’ 2 AND 3 (WITH RIAAD MOOSA). HE WON THE SAVANNA NEWCOMER AWARD AT THE COMICS CHOICE AWARDS 2013. HE RECORDED HIS OWN COMEDY CENTRAL SPECIAL IN 2015.
JEFF ROSS
THEY DON’T CALL HIM THE ROASTMASTER GENERAL FOR NOTHING. HE’S SENT UP EVERYONE FROM THE FAMOUS LIKES OF JUSTIN BIEBER AND CHARLIE SHEEN TO WHOEVER IS SILLY ENOUGH TO HECKLE HIM FROM THE FRONT ROW. IF MOST STAND-UP COMICS ARE SELF-DEPRECATING, JEFF ROSS SAYS HE IS “ALL DEPRECATING”. HAVING FOUND HIS FAME AS AN INSULT COMIC, THERE IS ONLY ONE PLACE TO GO IF YOU WANT TO SEND SOMEONE UP IN FLAMES. ROASTING ON AFRICAN SHORES FOR THE FIRST TIME, ROSS WILL FACILITATE THE FIRST EVER ROAST INVITATIONAL ON THE CONTINENT AT THE COMEDY CENTRAL INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL, AS COMEDIANS TAKE EACH OTHER ON TO SEE WHO CAN REALLY BUST SOME BALLS. WITH ROSS THERE, THE BAR WILL BE SET HIGH.
CELESTE NTULI
THE QUEEN OF ZULU COMEDY AND THE FIRST EVER LOCAL FEMALE COMIC TO RECORD A ONE WOMAN SHOW DVD, SERIOUSLY CELESTE, HAS PERFORMED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. A FULL-TIME STAND-UP COMEDIAN FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, CELESTE HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE SHE WAS FIRST DISCOVERED PERFORMING IN A MARQUEE IN DURBAN ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO. SHE ATTRIBUTES HER SUCCESS TO THE FACT THAT SHE HAS NO HOLY COWS – STEREOTYPES, RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIAL ISSUES – NO SUBJECT IS TABOO AS FAR AS SHE IS CONCERNED. IN 2015 SHE HAS SOLD OUT HER ONE WOMAN SHOW ‘HOME AFFAIRS 2”, BEEN NOMINATED UNDER THE “FLYING SOLO” CATEGORY AT SA COMICS CHOICE AWARDS AND PERFORMED AT THE JACOB ZUMA BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT SPECIAL REQUEST
CHRIS FORREST
SOME CALL HIM SOUTH AFRICA’S ANSWER TO STEVEN WRIGHT, OTHERS SAY WHO IS STEVEN WRIGHT, WHILST OTHERS SAY WE’RE OUT OF MILK CAN YOU PLEASE PICK SOME UP ON YOUR WAY HOME? CHRIS FORREST HAS BEEN ON THE FOREFRONT OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMEDY SCENE SINCE THE LATE NINETIES. HIS UNIQUE DRY SENSE OF HUMOUR, QUICK WIT AND INTELLIGENT COMEDY HAS MADE HIM ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S MOST POPULAR COMEDIANS AND ENSURED THAT AUDIENCES ARE LEFT IN STITCHES WHEREVER HE GOES. HE RECENTLY GRABBED THE NATION AND THE TITLE OF MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SA. INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS INCLUDE: THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL, THE LYRIC THEATRE IN LONDON AND THE ROUND TABLE COMEDY SHOW IN GHANA
DILLAN OLIPHANT
THE FRESH APPROACH OF DILLAN OLIPHANT HAS SEEN HIM DESCRIBED AS A DEAD-PAN-ONE-LINER COMIC. WITH A STATIC STAGE PRESENCE COUPLED TO UNNERVINGLY CLEVER JOKES, HE IS ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE AND NOT ONLY MAKES YOU LAUGH BUT THINK AS WELL. HE WAS NAMED WINNER OF THE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE ANNUAL SA COMIC’S CHOICE AWARDS FOR 2012. HE WAS THE OPENING ACT IN SOUTH AFRICA’S BEST-SELLING COMEDY TOUR OF ALL TIME, ‘TREVOR NOAH’S – THAT’S RACIST’. HE HAS ALSO APPEARED ON DAVID KAU'S BLACKS ONLY STAGE, HEADLINED AT PARKERS COMEDY AND JIVE, AND APPEARED ‘LATE NIGHT NEWS WITH LOYISO GOLA’. DEFINITELY MORE THAN A ONE-TRICK PONY
DUSTY RICH
THIS COMEDIC SPACE-WARRIOR IS MOST LIKELY TO BE FOUND RIDING A LIVING VOLCANO WITH ONE HAND WHIPPING THE REINS AND THE OTHER GINGERLY FINGERING THE LAVA-HOT TRUTH THAT FLOWS FREELY DOWN ALL SIDES - HE IS SMOTHERING THE WORLD IN HIS UNIQUE BRAND OF COMEDY MAGMA. HIS SHOWS ARE UNPREDICTABLE AND HILARIOUS, LEAVING AUDIENCES GASPING FOR AIR. A TRUE ORIGINAL, HIS STYLE IS MANIC BUT IMPACTFUL. HIS HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE NUMEROUS OPENINGS FOR TREVOR NOAH, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS DUSTY RICH IN 2015 AND INTERNATIONAL NANDO'S COMEDY FESTIVAL IN 2012
JOHN VLISMAS
FOR 15 YEARS JOHN HAS DEFTLY WALKED THE LINE BETWEEN UNDERGROUND, ALTERNATIVE AND MAINSTREAM COMEDY. HIS PARTICULAR BRAND OF STRANGE AND HILARIOUS HAS CHARMED LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES ALIKE. HIS ABSURD WORLDVIEW HAS THE RARE ABILITY TO RESONATE ACROSS ANY AUDIENCE. HE HAS WRITTEN, DIRECTED, LECTURED, ACTED AND MC’D IN ALL KINDS OF VENUES FROM SEEDY BARS TO THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL. HE’S ODD, HE’S MAD, HE’S SHARPER THAN YOU AND HE’S THE GUY THAT GETS THE GUY WHO BOOKED HIM A PROMOTION.
TREVOR GUMBI
AS A STAND-UP COMEDIAN AND MC, ACTOR, WRITER TREVOR GUMBI'S UNDERLYING CHARM OFFSETS HIS ASSERTIVE ENERGY ON STAGE, AS HE BRINGS TO THE FORE SOME SOCIALLY UNCOMFORTABLE ISSUES AND DELIVERS THEM WITH HILARITY. WHILE OUTSPOKEN AND SOMETIMES CONTROVERSIAL, HE REMAINS A FIRM FAVORITE AMONGST DIVERSE AUDIENCES, HAVING PEOPLE LAUGHING AT SEVERAL MAJOR COMEDY EVENTS IN THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING PERFORMANCES AT COMEDY CENTRAL LIVE, SEX LIVE AT THE LYRIC , KINGS & QUEENS OF COMEDY, OPPIKOPPI, ROCKING THE DAISIES, KINGSIZE COMEDY JAMS, BLACKS ONLY, LAUGH OUT LOUD, ARTS ALIVE COMEDY FESTIVAL AND MANY MORE. HE ALSO HOSTS A TOP 5 MOST DOWNLOADED RADIO SHOW ON CLIFF CENTRAL EVERY MONDAY WEEK
EBENHAEZER DIBAKWANE
THE YEAR 1994 SAW THE BIRTH OF WHAT WOULD TWENTY YEARS LATER BE ONE OF THE FIRST COMEDIC VOICES OF THE "BORN FREES". EBENHAEZER DIBAKWANE HAS COME TO SHOCK HIS PEERS, WHILE SHARING HIS VIEWS ON AN ARRAY OF SUBJECTS FROM HIS VIEW ON THE SOCIETAL CONSTRUCT TO HIS JOURNEY TO RECOVERY FROM HIS ADDICTION TO CARTOONS. HE RECENTLY RETURNED FROM GRAHAMSTOWN WITH RAVE REVIEWS AS PART OF THE COMEDY ENSEMBLE ‘STAND UP 4 COMEDY’
EUGENE KHOZA
BORN IN PRETORIA AND ALL THESE YEARS LATER STILL NO TALLER THAN A MIC STAND, EUGENE KHOZA STARTED PERFORMING AT THE HORROR CAFÉ COMEDY NIGHT (FOR A YEAR) AND EVENTUALLY ENDED UP HOSTING IT. HE MADE THE SEMI-FINALS AT THE LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY COMPETITION AND WON THE RICOFFY COMEDY CHALLENGE IN THE SAME YEAR. HE WENT ON TO HOST THE AXE SWEET LIFE IN 2009 ALONGSIDE TREVOR NOAH. HIS RISE HAS CONTINUED AND MOST RECENTLY SOUTH AFRICANS HAVE RECOGNIZED HIM IN A SERIES OF ADVERTS FOR A PROMINENT BANK
MO MAGIC
REGARDED BY MANY AS SOUTH AFRICA'S TOP MAGICIAN AND THE STAR OF HIS OWN PRIME TIME TV SERIES, MO MAGIC USES THE ART OF MAGIC TO ASTONISH, ENTERTAIN AND INSPIRE AUDIENCES. DUBBED THE "JAMES BOND OF MAGIC" BY THE MEDIA, HE ROMANCES YOU WITH HIS CHARM AND STYLE, DISARMS YOU WITH HIS COMEDY, THEN ASTONISHES YOU WITH HIS EXTENSIVE REPERTOIRE OF MAGIC. HIS PRESENTATIONS ARE MODERN, EMOTIONALLY ENGAGING AND INTRIGUING. HE IS SA'S MOST MEDIA-FEATURED MAGICIAN AND SHARES HIS MAGIC WITH AUDIENCES LOCALLY AND ABROAD
CARVIN H GOLDSTONE
THIS DURBAN BASED COMEDIAN IS ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S BRIGHTEST RISING COMEDY STARS. WITH HIS CLEAN, NO SWEARING STYLE, HIS SHOWS ARE GUARANTEED AS SUITABLE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. WITH THREE SOLD OUT ONE-MAN COMEDY SHOWS, HIS MOST RECENT OFFER, “COLOURED PRESIDENT”, SOLD OUT AUDIENCES AT THE PLAYHOUSE OPERA IN DURBAN AND IS ON AN EIGHT CITY TOUR ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA. HE HAS PERFORMED AT COMEDY FESTIVALS SUCH AS NANDO’S COMEDY FESTIVAL, KINGS & QUEENS OF COMEDY, LET DURBAN LAUGH, WOW COMEDY JAMS & BRUINOS ONLY. HE HAS OPENED FOR THE LIKES OF LOYISO GOLA & STUART TAYLOR, NIK RABINOWITZ AND JOEY RASDIEN FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE ONE MAN SHOWS
DARREN SIMPSON
KNOWN TO MOST SOUTH AFRICANS AS “WHACKHEAD”, DARREN SIMPSON IS A HOUSEHOLD NAME IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. HIS 20-YEAR CAREER AS A RADIO DJ SEES HIM NOW HOSTING THE BREAKFAST PRESS SHOW FOR 947, A SHOW WITH A FOLLOWING OF 1.6 MILLION. MAKING HIS MARK AS A COMEDIAN, HE WAS MOST RECENTLY SEEN OPENING FOR JIM JEFFRIES AND HOSTED THE HIDDEN CAMERA SHOW “LAUGH OUT LOUD”.
MARK BANKS
MARK BANKS IS ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZED AND RESPECTED COMEDIANS OF HIS TIME. IN OVER 25 YEARS OF COMEDY, HE BOASTS AT LEAST ONE NEW ONE-MAN SHOW EACH YEAR, WRITING AND PERFORMING ALL THE MATERIAL HIMSELF. SINCE HIS ACCLAIMED INCEPTION TO COMEDY, MARK HAS CONTINUOUSLY PLAYED TO PACKED HOUSES NATIONWIDE. WIDELY RECOGNIZED FOR HIS POLITICAL SATIRE AND COMMONPLACE POKE AT THE RICH AND FAMOUS, NOTHING AND NO ONE IS SACRED TO MARK'S BLATANT HUMOUR. MARK REPRESENTED SOUTH AFRICA AT THE 1996 'JUST FOR LAUGHS COMEDY FESTIVAL' IN MONTREAL. HIS PRODUCTIONS HAVE PLAYED TO PACKED HOUSES NATIONWIDE
NINA HASTIE
NINA HASTIE’S BRAND OF COMEDY MADE IT ABROAD AS EARLY AS 2012 WHEN SHE PERFORMED AT THE EKHAYA FEST AS PART OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE’S OLYMPIC 2012 CULTURAL INITIATIVE. SHE HAS HEADLINED COMEDY FESTIVALS SUCH AS THE TSHWANE COMEDY FESTIVAL, SOWETO COMEDY FESTIVAL, THE WITS COMEDY FESTIVAL AND PERFORMED AT THE NANDOS COMEDY FESTIVAL. MAKING IT ONTO TELEVISION, SHE WAS THE OPENING ACT FOR THE COMEDY CENTRAL SPECIAL PRESENTS: JOEY RASDIEN, WITH TREVOR GUMBI AND PAUL SNODGRASS. HER ONE-WOMAN SHOW, ‘HEY NINA!’ AT THE NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2014, RECEIVED EXCELLENT REVIEWS AND WENT ON TO TOUR MAJOR THEATRES IN SA. A REGULAR ON SA TV (LATE NIGHT NEWS WITH LOYISO, NEXT OF NEXT WEEK, 10 OVER 10 TO NAME A FEW).
TRACY KLASS
TRACY HAS BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP COMEDY SINCE HER ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN IN 1999. SHE IS KNOWN FOR HER ‘GROWING UP DISGRACEFULLY’ STANCE ON LIFE AND BEING DRAGGED TOWARDS MIDDLE AGE – KICKING AND SCREAMING RATHER THAN FLOATING GRACEFULLY ON A CLOUD OF CLARINS AND BOTOX. SHE GIVES A UNIQUE TAKE ON THOSE ISSUES WOMEN HOLD VERY DEAR; CHILDREN, WEIGHT, AGING AND FOOD. SHE HAS CO-STARRED IN TWO FULL LENGTH SHOWS WITH FELLOW COMEDIENNE MEL JONES AND TAKES AN IRREVERENT LOOK AT WHAT WOMEN FIND FUNNY – THEMSELVES. SHE IS A REGULAR ON THE CAPE TOWN COMEDY CIRCUIT WITH OCCASIONAL FORAYS TO GAUTENG
DEVIN GRAY
DEVIN GRAY IS ONE OF CAPE TOWN'S YOUNGEST STAND-UP COMEDIANS. HE HAS BEEN DOING COMEDY FOR OVER SIX YEARS AND IN THAT TIME HE HAS RUBBED SHOULDERS WITH SOME OF SOUTH AFRICA'S TOP COMEDIANS. HE WON THE PHILIPS COMEDY COMPETITION IN 2013, PERFORMED AT THE JIVE FUNNY FESTIVAL IN 2014 AND HAS LEFT AUDIENCES LAUGHING ALL OVER CAPE TOWN, JOHANNESBURG AND DURBAN. INTERNATIONALLY, DEVIN HAS PERFORMED IN BERLIN WITH SOME OF GERMANY'S MORE AFFLUENT COMEDIANS. HIS COMEDY IS DYNAMIC, INTERESTING AND FUN FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGE GROUPS. FROM TALKING ABOUT EVERYDAY LIFE, TO POLITICS, DEVIN DOES IT ALL
LUNGELO NDLOVU
LUNGELO NDLOVU HAS GROWN FROM HIGH SCHOOL IMPERSONATIONS OF CHRIS TUCKER AND A FASCINATION WITH EDDIE MURPHY, RICHARD PRYOR, STEVE HARVEY AND EDDIE GRIFFIN TO VOLUNTEERING TO SERVE AS AN OPENING ACT FOR LOYISO GOLA WHEN HE CAME TO PERFORM AT CAPE PENINSULA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY. THE STAND-UP BUG HAD BIT. ON HIS SECOND PERFORMANCE IN 2010, HE WON THE VODACOM FUNNIEST STUDENT ON CAMPUS COMPETITION. HE HAS GONE ON TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH THE LIKES OF NDUMISO LINDI, SIVUYILE NGESI, ROB VAN VUUREN, RIAAD MOOSA, PAUL SNODGRASS, NIK RABINOWITZ, CHARLES TERTIENS, MARTIN DAVIS(UK) AND STUART TAYLOR, TO NAME A FEW
KURT SCHOONRAAD
KURT SCHOONRAAD IS ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST RECOGNISED STAND-UP COMEDIANS. HIS EARTHY HUMOUR AND COMEDIC PERSONALITY REACHES FROM EVERY CORNER OF SOUTH AFRICA TO THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES. HIS PROFESSIONAL COMEDY CAREER TOOK FLIGHT ALMOST TWO DECADES AGO AND HE HAS GONE ON TO PRODUCE AND PERFORM HIS HUGELY SUCCESSFUL ONE MAN SHOWS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. HE APPEARED AS THE QUIRKY ACCIDENTAL TOURIST ON THE HIT TV SERIES “GOING NOWHERE SLOWLY” AND HAS HOSTED VARIOUS GAME SHOWS, APPEARING IN THE WELL-KNOWN BBC FORMAT “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?” AND “COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS KURT SCHOONRAAD”. HE PIONEERED CAPE TOWN COMEDY CLUB, FROM ITS HUMBLE FESTIVAL ORIGINS, TO ITS EXCITING NEW HOME AT THE V&A WATERFRONT , BECOMING CAPE TOWN’S ONLY DEDICATED STAND-UP COMEDY VENUE
MARTIN EVANS
MARTIN EVANS HAS PERFORMED IN 18 COUNTRIES, WINNING A SLEW OF AWARDS BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. BORN IN ENGLAND BUT RAISED IN SOUTH AFRICA, HE CALLS CAPE TOWN HOME. KNOWN FOR HIS ABILITY TO MAKE UP A NEW SET EVERY NIGHT IF THE MOOD TAKES HIM, HE HAS RECENTLY COMPLETED A CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES OF ONE MAN SHOWS, THAT HAVE NABBED HIM TWO STANDARD BANK OVATION AWARDS. HIS 800 PLUS PERFORMANCES INTERNATIONALLY PUT HIM RIGHT AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME. MANY WILL RECOGNISE HIM FROM HIS NOTORIOUS EPISODE OF ‘COME DINE WITH ME SA’ THAT INVOLVED A WORM AND HIS CAMPER VAN. FOR THE RECORD, MARTIN DOESN’T LIVE IN A MOTORHOME, NOR IS HE A BAD CHEF.
DEEP FRIED MAN
DEEP FRIED MAN (DANIEL FRIEDMAN) IS A MUSICAL COMEDIAN, WRITER AND SATIRIST WITH HIS OWN QUIRKY, STYLE OF PERFORMANCE. HE HAS PERFORMED AT MANY OF SA’s BIGGEST COMEDY EVENTS (‘BLACKS ONLY’, ‘BAFUNNY BAFUNNY’, ‘KINGS AND QUEENS OF COMEDY’), WON MULTIPLE AWARDS (COMICS CHOICE AWARD, STANDARD BANK OVATION AWARD), APPEARED IN A HOST OF TV SHOWS AND FILMS (‘MATERIAL’, ‘ZANEWS’, ‘COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS DIVINE’) AND WAS A PERMANENT CAST MEMBER ON MULTIPLE EMMY-NOMINATED SATIRICAL NEWS SHOW ‘LATE NITE NEWS WITH LOYISO GOLA’. HE’S BEEN INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTALLY GETTING HELEN ZILLE TRENDING WORLDWIDE WITH THE #ASKHELENZILLE HASHTAG AND GETTING POLITICIANS FROM JULIUS MALEMA TO MMUSI MAIMANE LAUGHING ALONG TO HIS SATIRICAL SONGS AT DAILY MAVERICK’S ‘THE GATHERING’. HE ALSO ONCE SANG ICE, ICE, BABY TO VANILLA ICE HIMSELF.
TSHIRELETSO “MO” MOTHEBE
THIS PRETORIA-RAISED, JOBURG-BASED COMEDIAN IS A FRESH FACE ON THE LOCAL COMEDY SCENE. MO BEGAN HIS COMEDY CAREER IN 2013 AND HAS GONE ON TO ENTERTAIN AUDIENCES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, NOTABLY AS THE OPENING ACT FOR TAT NKONZO’S SHOW “CLEVER BLACK”. HE WAS NOMINATED FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS BEST NEWCOMER AWARD AT THE 2015 COMICS CHOICE AWARDS AND IN THE SAME MONTH WON A STANDARD BANK OVATION AWARD AT THE NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL IN GRAHAMSTOWN. HE HAS FEATURED ON LATE NIGHT NEWS WITH LOYISO GOLA AND WAS THE FIRST EVER FACE OF GAUTRAIN. DEFINITELY ONE TO WATCH
SIMMI AREFF
IT CAN BE TOUGH BEING HANDSOME, BECAUSE WITH GREAT POWER COMES GOOD LOOKS, ON FLEEK EYEBROWS, GREAT BONE STRUCTURE AND FACIAL FEATURES, THE MOST LUSCIOUS OF BEARDS AND DELICIOUS CURLY HAIR. IT IS EVEN MORE TOUGH TO BE ALL OF THIS AND FUNNY. MEET SIMMI AREFF. AFTER OPENING FOR RIAAD MOOSA AROUND THE COUNTRY, SIMMI DID HIS OWN ONE MAN SHOW, WHICH DID AS EXCELLENTLY AS HIS ADONIS LOOKS, SELLING OUT. SIMMI HAS SHARED THE STAGE WITH EVERY MAJOR COMEDIAN IN THE COUNTRY AND IF HE HAD TO LIST THEM HIS BIO WOULD LOOK LIKE EVERYONE ELSES. WATCH HIM. SUPPORT HIM AND LOVE HIM. HIS MOTHER DOES AND SHE IS NEVER WRONG
BASKETMOUTH
BASKETMOUTH IS ONE OF NIGERIA AND AFRICA’S LEADING COMEDY EXPORTS. HE HAS HOSTED CONCERTS FEATURING JAY Z, RIHANNA, BEYONCE AND MANY MORE. BASKETMOUTH HAS HEADLINED SHOWS ALL OVER AFRICA AND THE WORLD. IN 2013 HE WAS APPROACHED BY COMEDY CENTRAL TO FILM HIS OWN SPECIAL, AND IN 2014 WAS INVITED TO BE A PART OF JUST FOR LAUGHS, ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMEDY FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD. HIS ONE-MAN STAND-UP SHOW ‘BASKETMOUTH UNCENSORED’ RAN FOR 4 YEARS (2005-2009) TO SOLD OUT HOUSES. HE HAS GONE ON TO LAUNCH THE COMEDY BRAND ‘LORDS OF THE RIBS’ ENJOYING CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS. IN 2010, HE BECAME THE 1ST AFRICAN COMEDIAN TO HOST A ONE MAN COMEDY CONCERT AT THE HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO.
CARL JOSHUA NCUBE
DESCRIBED BY CNN AFRICAN VOICES AS THE “NEW FACE OF ZIMBABWEAN COMEDY”, CARL LITERALLY BROKE INTO THE ZIMBABWEAN COMEDY SCENE WITH HIS DEBUT ONE-MAN SHOW “CARL JOSHUA NCUBE’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT” SETTING HIM UP AS THE BIGGEST ZIMBABWEAN STAND-UP COMEDY EXPORT. CONSIDERED BY HIS PEERS AS AN INNOVATOR AND CONSTANTLY PUSHING BOUNDARIES WITH MULTIMEDIA IN HIS PERFORMANCES, CARL IS CURRENTLY ON A QUEST TO TAKE HIS VERSION OF ZIMBABWE TO THE WORLD. TO DATE CARL HAS PERFORMED IN SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA, ZAMBIA, UGANDA, KENYA, NIGERIA AND THE USA.
CHURCHILL
DANIEL NDAMBUKI AKA CHURCHILL IS AN ICON OF KENYAN COMEDY AND HAS OVER TIME BECOME A HOUSEHOLD NAME, RATED NUMBER 14 AMONG KENYA’S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE WITH THE CURRENT PRESIDENT TOPPING THE LIST. HE HAS NURTURED AND CREATED HIS OWN CHARACTERISTIC BRAND OF STANDUP COMEDY, CRACKING MANY KENYAN RIBS WITH HIS "CLEAN", FAMILY FRIENDLY SHOWS ALONG THE WAY. HE HOSTS A FAMOUS WEEKLY NTV SHOW "CHURCHILL SHOW”, IN ITS FOURTH EDITION AND CURRENTLY THE NUMBER ONE SHOW IN EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA WITH A VIEWERSHIP OF 11,000,000 KENYANS.
DAVID KAU
AT JUST 32-YEARS-OLD, THIS KROONSTAD-BORN COMIC BEGAN HIS CAREER AS THE FIRST BLACK STAND-UP COMEDIAN IN THE 1998 SMIRNOFF COMEDY FESTIVAL IN CAPE TOWN. THE ONLY BLACK PERSON ON STAGE OUT OF 44 COMICS. IN THE SAME YEAR HE PERFORMED ‘THE RAINBOW NATION TOUR’, HIS FIRST ONE-MAN SHOW. BY 2001 DAVID APPEARED IN SKETCHES ON THE TV SHOW, ‘THE PHAT JOE SHOW’. HE PERFORMED IN ‘HEAVYWEIGHT COMEDY JAMS’ FROM 2000 AND ‘COMEDY BLACK OUT’ IN 2002 TIL 2004. IN 2004 ‘THE PURE MONATE SHOW’, HIS PROJECT WITH UNIVERSITY FRIEND KAGISO LEDIGA THAT STARTED IN 1997, FINALLY MADE IT TO AIR. THEY RECRUITED THE LIKES OF TSHEPO MOGALE, RONI MODIMOLA, JOEY RASDIEN, CHRIS FORREST, RIAAD MOOSA, DAVID KIBUUKA, LOYISO GOLA AND KIM ENGELBRECHT.
NDUMISO LINDI
NDUMISO LINDI’S INTUITION AND INTELLECT GIVE HIM A FIRM GRASP OF HIS NATION’S COLLECTIVE FUNNY BONE, MAKING HIM A FIRM FAVOURITE WITH MANY SOUTH AFRICANS. HIS NOVEL BLEND OF NU-SCHOOL STYLE AND SOLID TRADITION MAKES FOR A BRILLIANT AND OUTSTANDING SOUTH AFRICAN COMEDY ACT. HIS DEEP VOICE, ORIGINAL CONTENT AND SEAMLESS DELIVERY LEAVE YOU PROUD TO BE AFRICAN AND LAUGHING FROM THE BELLY. IN ADDITION TO HIS LOCAL WORK, NDUMISO HAS BEEN PERFORMING ALL OVER AFRICA AND BRANCHING OUT OVERSEAS. HIS SOLD OUT SECOND ONE-MAN SHOW, “DILUTED PEOPLE”, FOLLOWED ON THE SUCCESS OF HIS FIRST SHOW, “COLOUR MINE”, WHICH WAS AIRED ON COMEDY CENTRAL AFRICA
SALVADO
PATRICK IDRINGI, MOSTLY KNOWN AS SALVADO, MADE A MAJOR CAREER SHIFT IN 2011 DECIDING TO PURSUE HIS NEW-FOUND PASSION FOR COMEDY THAT HAS RESULTED IN BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. HE DISCOVERED HIS TALENT WHEN HE CAME SECOND IN A REALITY TV COMEDY COMPETITION STAND-UP UGANDA IN 2009. HE FORMED A COMEDY GROUP KNOWN AS THE CRACKERS WHICH BECAME MUCH SOUGHT AFTER AND WENT ON TO HOST A MAJOR RADIO. IN JUNE 2015, SALVADO MADE HISTORY BECOMING THE FIRST EAST AFRICAN TO SUCCESSFULLY HOLD A ONE MAN SHOW, MAN FROM OMBOKOLO, WHICH WON HIM THE BEST MALE COMEDIAN AWARD AT THE UGANDA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS. HE HAS PERFORMED EVERYWHERE FROM LAGOS TO THE APOLLO THEATRE IN HAMMERSMITH WITH SHOW CREDITS INCLUDING LORD OF THE RIBS (2015), THE GLOLAFTTA FEST SHOW, PRESIDENTS OF AND NIGHT OF 1000 LAUGHS.
JAY BOOGIE
IN LIFE EVERY NOW AND THEN SOMETHING SPECTACULAR COMES ALONG TO DAZZLE EVERYBODY AND LEAVE THEM BEGGING FOR MORE. J BOOGIE IS EXACTLY THAT. A NATURAL COMEDIAN, BORN TO MAKE WHOEVER HE IS WITH LAUGH, HE STARTED AS AN MC FOR MUSIC SHOWS AT A RESTAURANT IN SOWETO, THEN MOVED UP TO PRESENTING A MUSIC SHOW ON TV. HIS ENERGETIC HUMOUR MEANS HE DISCOVERS MANY OF HIS JOKES WHILST ON STAGE, KNOWS HOW TO READ HIS AUDIENCE AND GIVES THEM WHAT THEY WANT. HE HAS PERFORMED IN CLUBS LIKE BAMBATHA COMEDY NIGHT, THE OZ PUB COMEDY NIGHTS, CARNIVAL CITY, MEROPA CASINO IN POLOKWANE, COOL RUNNINGS AND PARKER’S
SKHUMBA HLOPHE
SKHUMBA HLOPHE IS A SOUTH AFRICAN COMEDIAN, RADIO PRESENTER AND ACTOR. HE WAS ONE OF NUBREED COMEDY'S YOUNG GUNZ WHO APPEARED AT THE SOWETO COMEDY FESTIVAL IN 2010 AND WAS ALSO A FEATURED COMEDIAN IN THE FIRST EVER STAND UP ZULU FESTIVAL AT THE PLAYHOUSE IN DURBAN IN FEBRUARY 2011. HE HAS PERFORMED FOR NUMEROUS COMEDY PROPERTIES INCLUDING BLACKS ONLY AND HAS JUST LAUNCHED HIS FIRST ONE-MAN SHOW. HE ALSO HAS A REGULAR SLOT ON A POPULAR SOUTH AFRICAN RADIO STATION. HIS PERFORMANCE AT THE INNER CITY COMEDY FESTIVAL THIS YEAR SAW HIM HAILED AS STANDOUT AND DARING COMEDY TALENT. AUDIENCES ALSO RECOGNISE HIM FOR HIS ROLE IN THE FEATURE FILM TAXI RIDE AND ITS SPIN-OFF SERIES OF THE SAME NAME.
SMOWKEY NYEMBE
SMOWKEY NYEMBE (REAL NAME IS MBONGISENI) HAILS FROM MEADOWLANDS, SOWETO, AND HAD HIS FIRST STAND UP COMEDY SHOW IN MAY 2010 AT OZONE PUB AT THE "PREMIUM COMEDY NYTS" HOSTED BY KEDIBONE MULAUDZI. HIS FIRST STANDING OVATION CAME JUST TWO MONTHS IN THE GAME AND BY THE END OF THE YEAR HE HAD FEATURED ON A TV SERIES. HE WENT ON TO LAND A SPOT AS RESIDENT HOST AT THE POLOKWANE COMEDY NIGHTS AND THE MORULA SUN COMEDY NIGHTS. HE HAS HOSTED AND PERFORMED IN A NUMBER OF FESTIVALS TO DATE. HIS RAW KASI-STYLE SNOBBISH COMEDY HAS BECOME HIS TRADEMARK AND IN 2014 SMOWKEY HEADLINED THE LAST 5 99% ZULU AND XHOSA COMEDY SHOWS, NOT FORGETTING HIS MAJOR STANDING OVATION PERFORMANCE AT THE 2014 SOUTH AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC AWARDS. A VERNACULAR LINE-UP IN SOUTH AFRICA JUST ISN’T COMPLETE WITHOUT SMOWKEY
ARIES SPEARS
THIS NEW YORK NATIVE HAS BEEN A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH IN US COMEDY SINCE AGE 14. HIS QUICK WIT, CHARISMA AND FEROCIOUSLY AGGRESSIVE STYLE OF COMEDY HAVE EARNED HIM CRITICAL ACCLAIM, HIGH ACCOLADES, AND ABOVE ALL, A BUSY SCHEDULE. FROM BEING A REGULAR ON FOX’S MAD TV, STARRING IN FEATURE FILMS, APPEARING ON A NUMBER OF UNITED STATES TALK SHOWS, AND CONTINUALLY TOURING THAT COUNTRY WITH HIS STAND-UP, ARIES’S TALENTS ARE BECOMING RECOGNIZED AND APPRECIATED THROUGHOUT THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
HANNIBAL BURESS
THIS EMMY AND WGA AWARD NOMINATED COMEDIAN, WRITER AND ACTOR, IS A FAVORITE OF FANS AND CRITICS ALIKE. HIS FIRST NATIONAL THEATRE STAND-UP COMEDY TOUR SOLD OUT IN THE US, AND THE NEW YORK TIMES LAUDED HIM AS ONE OF THE MOST "SUPREMELY GIFTED AND RESPECTED" COMICS AROUND – HANNIBAL IS EMERGING AS A COMEDY SUPERSTAR. IN ADDITION TO WRITING, EXECUTIVE PRODUCING, AND STARRING IN HIS OWN WEEKLY COMEDY TV SERIES, APPEARING COMEDY CENTRAL’S HIT SERIES ‘BROAD CITY’, AS WELL AS THE CO-HOST OF ADULT SWIM’S ‘THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW’, HE APPEARED AS A ROASTER ON ‘THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF JUSTIN BIEBER’. HE HAS WRITTEN FOR ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ AS WELL AS ‘30 ROCK’, AND IS A REGULAR ON THE LATE NIGHT TV CIRCUIT.
MARC LOTTERING
ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP COMEDIANS, HAILING FROM CAPE TOWN, MARC LOTTERING HAS BEEN IN THE FUNNY BUSINESS FOR 17 YEARS AND CONTINUES TO KEEP AUDIENCES IN STITCHES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN BOTH TELEVISION AND THEATRE, WHEN NOT PERFORMING LOCALLY, HE IS MOST LIKELY ENTERTAINING HOME-SICK SOUTH AFRICANS ABROAD. LOTTERING HAS WRITTEN NO FEWER THAN FIFTEEN ONE-MAN HIT SHOWS FOR THE STAGE. HE HAS BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF SEVERAL PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS ALONG THE WAY, AND CONTINUES TO PLAY TO PACKED HOUSES ALL OVER SOUTH AFRICA
CASPER DE VRIES
THIS SOUTH AFRICAN ACTOR, COMEDIAN, ENTERTAINER, PAINTER, COMPOSER, DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER IS A LEGEND IN SA ENTERTAINMENT. HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER STARTED IN 1986 WITH HALLO SUID-AFRIKA (HELLO SOUTH AFRICA), AND HE HAS BEEN ON-STAGE YEAR AFTER YEAR UNTIL HE STARTED PERFORMING ONE-MAN SHOWS IN 1997, GAINING MAJOR SUCCESS. WITH A SIGNIFICANT FOLLOWING AMONGST SOUTH AFRICA’S AFRIKAANS POPULATION, THAT HAS GROWN ACROSS THE BOARD WITH HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF STEVE HOFMEYR.
HANNES BRÜMMER
HANNES BRUMMER HAS OFTEN BEEN ASKED IF HE IS HYPERACTIVE, BUT HAS NEVER BEEN ABLE TO SIT STILL LONG ENOUGH TO FIND OUT FOR SURE. HIS COMEDIC STYLE IS HIGHLY ENERGETIC AND PHYSICAL. HANNES BRUMMER LIKES TO RANT HONESTLY ABOUT HIS AFRIKAANS HERITAGE, THE INFLUENCE OF THE MEDIA ON SOCIETY AND THE EVER-RAGING BATTLE OF THE SEXES. HE IS AT TIMES SELF-DEPRECATING, BUT ALMOST ALWAYS FOOLISHLY OPTIMISTIC. HE IS ALSO ONE OF DIE FLYING DUTCHMEN, AN AFRIKAANS COMEDY DUO WITH MELT SIEBERHAGEN, WHO HAVE PROVED THEMSELVES LEADING EPONENTS OF AFRIKAANS STAND-UP. HE WAS A FINALIST IN THE JOZI COMEDY SHOWDOWN.
MELT SIEBERHAGEN
MELT SIEBERHAGEN HAS BEEN WORKING IN THE LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY SINCE 2002. YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD HIS VOICE IN RADIO ADS OR EVEN THE ODD RADIO DRAMA ON RSG, THE ONLY MEDIUM IN WHICH HE CAN CONVINCINGLY PLAY A SPORTSMAN OR A ROMANTIC LEAD. YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN HIS FACE IN ADS FOR TOPS@SPAR OR OLX, OR MAYBE YOU SAW HIM ON THE IMPROVISED COMEDY HIT PROESSTRAAT. IF YOU CONCENTRATE HARD ENOUGH YOU MIGHT EVEN HAVE SEEN HIM FOR 12 SECONDS IN DISTRICT 9. WHEN HE'S NOT PERFORMING STAND-UP OR ACTING, HE ALSO WRITES COMMERCIALS AND SCRIPTS FOR TV SHOWS. HE LIVES IN JOHANNESBURG WITH A CAT THAT HE GOT WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND. THE CAT HASN'T LEFT YET. THE GIRLFRIEND HAS
DONOVAN GOLIATH
PARENTS WHO NAME THEIR KID DONOVAN DAVID GOLIATH MUST SURELY EXPECT THAT THE INTERNAL CONFLICTS CAUSED BY GIVING THEIR SON SUCH A NAME WOULD LEAD HIM INTO COMEDY. HIS BEDTIME STORIES ABOUT GROWING UP IN THE TRANSKEI AS A COLOURED BOY WHO LOOKS WHITE BUT SPEAKS FLUENT XHOSA LAUNCHED HIM INTO COMEDY IN 2010 AT COMEDY UNDERGROUND IN MELVILLE. AS A RELATIVELY NEW COMIC ON THE CIRCUIT, HE HAS ROCKED STAGES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY INCLUDING BLACKS ONLY, SOWETO COMEDY FESTIVAL, 99% XHOSA COMEDY, 99% ZULU COMEDY, MZANSI FESTIVAL, KINGS & QUEENS OF COMEDY, THREE KINGS COMEDY AND COMPLETED A 51 SHOW, 3 MONTH RUN FOR LOL AT GOLD REEF CITY. HE WAS NOMINATED FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR CATEGORY AT THE 2012 COMICS CHOICE AWARDS AND IN THE BLACKBERRY BREAKTHROUGH CATEGORY IN 2013.
JASON GOLIATH
NOMINATED IN THE BLACKBERRY BREAKTHROUGH CATEGORY 2013 AND AS BEST NEWCOMER IN THE 2012 COMICS CHOICE AWARDS, JASON GOLIATH IS A LARGER THAN LIFE COMEDIAN (BECAUSE ALL THAT PERSONALITY WON’T FIT INTO A SMALL BODY, OK!) WITH A COMMANDING STAGE PRESENCE AND RIDICULOUS AMOUNTS OF ENERGY, HIS CHARACTER-BASED SETS FOCUS ON MAKING AUDIENCES LAUGH AT LIFE’S UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS. NOTABLE PERFORMANCES INCLUDE: BLACKS ONLY, PROUDLY COLOURED FESTIVAL, PARKER’S, MELVILLE UNDERGROUND, KINGS & QUEENS OF COMEDY, AWEDNESDAY COMEDY JAM, LOL AT GOLD REEF CITY, COMICS CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS LAP AND THE BOX.
NICHOLAS GOLIATH
THIS LOVING FATHER AND HUSBAND ALLOWS HIS STRAIGHT-FORWARD LIFE TO INFORM HIS COMEDY, WHICH IS BASED ON TRUE STORIES WITH STRANGE YET FUNNY OBSERVATIONS FROM HIS DAILY LIFE. THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE EVER-POPULAR GOLIATH TEAM, HE IS AS MULTI-TALENTED AS THE REST. HE HAS PERFORMED AT PARKER’S COMEDY, THE STATE THEATRE JOHANNESBURG, THE MARKET THEATRE, CARNIVAL CITY, EMPEROR’S PALACE, CAPTAINS COMEDY AND VARIOUS CLUB SHOWS.
GAVIN KELLY
THIS SOUTH AFRICAN COMEDIAN STARTED HIS CAREER IN 2010 AND HAS GONE ON TO PERFORM IN REPUTABLE SHOWS AND ON REPUTABLE STAGES. HIS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE 2014’S SPLASHY FEN FESTIVAL, THE SOWETO COMEDY FESTIVAL, THE SOUTH AFRICAN STATE THEATRE FOR TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS, DAVID KAU’S “BLACKS ONLY”, COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS LIVE AT PARKERS COMEDY CLUB, 3RD ANNUAL COMICS CHOICE AWARDS 2013
KHANYISA BUNU
IT IS NO SURPRISE TO FIND KHANYISA BUNU JOINING THE LINE-UP FOR THE VERNAC SHOW AT THE COMEDY CENTRAL INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL. FROM HER PERFORMANCES IN 99% XHOSA COMEDY, TSHWANE COMEDY NIGHTS, BLACKS ONLY, SOWETO COMEDY FESTIVAL, PARKER’S COMEDY, EMALAHLENI COMEDY NIGHTS AND MORE, SHE’S KEPT SOUTH AFRICANS LAUGHING IN THEIR MOTHER TONGUES FOR SOME TIME. HER ONE WOMAN SHOW HIT THE GRAHAMSTOWN NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL IN 2011 AND SHE WAS SELECTED AS A GUEST PERFORMER FOR INTERNATIONAL COMEDY DAY IN GABORONE, BOTSWANA. SHE’S PERFORMED ACROSS THE GLOBE FROM GREENWICH VILLAGE COMEDY CLUB IN NEW YORK AND HOSTING RAFFCUTTS COMEDY NIGHTS AT COFI BROOKLYN TO THE SOWETO THEATRE AND GUGULETHU COMEDY NIGHTS IN GUGULETHU. YOU MAY ALSO RECOGNIZE HER FROM HER VARIETY OF TELEVISION PERFORMANCES INCLUDING ON THE LATE NITE NEWS WITH LOYISO GOLA
MOJAK LEHOKO
MOJAK’S COMEDY STYLE COULD BE REGARDED AS OBSERVATIONAL AND SPONTANEOUS, WITH A KNACK FOR IDENTIFYING THE HUMOUR IN EVEN THE MOST DIRE OF CIRCUMSTANCES. HIS ABILITY TO ADAPT TO DIVERSE AUDIENCES HAS ALLOWED HIM TO PERFORM AT COMEDY CLUBS ALL OVER SOUTH AFRICA. HE HAS WRITTEN FOR AND APPEARD ON “LATE NITE NEWS WITH LOYISO GOLA” AND WAS NOMINATED IN THE NEWCOMER CATEGORY IN THE INAUGURAL COMICS CHOICE AWARDS
LAZOLA GOLA
LAZOLA GOLA IS FUNNY. HE WAS FUNNY IN CAPE TOWN AND THEN MOVED TO JOHANNESBURG TO BE FUNNY. HE’S BEEN FUNNY IN MANY PLACES. HE’S BEEN FUNNY ON COMEDY CENTRAL AFRICA. HE’S BEEN FUNNY ON LATE NITE NEWS WITH LOYISO GOLA, EARNING HIMSELF AN INTERNATIONAL EMMY NOMINATION AND COMICS CHOICE AWARD NOMINATION RESPECTIVELY. HE'S BEEN FUNNY IN THE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY, EARNING HIMSELF A GOLD PENDORING. HE HOPES TO CONTINUE BEING FUNNY INTO THE FUTURE.
MBEU “SNOOZE” KAMBUWA
CONTRARY TO HIS NAME, THIS COMEDIAN, WRITER, ACTOR AND VOICEOVER ARTIST WILL KEEP YOU WIDE-AWAKE. THE VOICE BEHIND CELL C’S PEOPLE’S CHAMPION CAMPAIGN (2014), SNOOZE MADE HIS COMEDY DEBUT AT NEW YORK COMEDY CLUB IN DURBAN (2013) AND HAS NEVER LOOKED BACK SINCE. IN 2015 HE GUEST STARRED IN THE COMEDY SERIES ABO’MZALA, HAS PERFORMED IN THE SAVANNA NEWCOMERS COMEDY SHOWCASE AND IS THE CURRENT WINNER OF THE COMEDY CENTRAL GRAB THE MIC COMPETITION
GRIFF
CALIFORNIA NATIVE, COMEDIAN, ON-AIR PERSONALITY, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, AUTHOR, ARMY VETERAN, AND SELF PROCLAIMED "SOCIOLOGIST OF SORTS" ARLEN “GRIFF” GRIFFIN FULFILLED A LIFETIME AMBITION TO BECOME A COMEDIAN AFTER STARTING OUT AT THREE YEARS OLD, ENTERTAINING PATIENTS AT THE CONVALESCENT HOMES WHERE HIS MOTHER WORKED. HE HAS SINCE MADE A NAME FOR HIMSELF AS ONE OF THE LEADING COMEDIANS IN THE USA, CANADA & ABROAD WHERE HE REGULARLY OPENS FOR ACTS SUCH AS BEYONCÉ, NEW EDITION, KEITH SWEAT, D.L. HUGHLEY, FRED HAMMOND, DONNIE MCCLURKIN, DOTTIE PEOPLES, MARY MARY AND MORE. IN JUNE OF 2013 HE HAD THE HONOUR OF BEING THE FIRST AMERICAN TO TAPE COMEDY CENTRAL AFRICA IN FRONT OF A LIVE AUDIENCE IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.
MPHO POPPS
THIS SA COMEDIAN IS BEST KNOWN TO TV VIEWERS FROM REALITY TV DANCING COMPETITION ‘STRICTLY COME DANCING’, IN 2013. FIRST NOTICED IN REALITY TV SHOW ‘SO YOU THINK YOU'RE FUNNY!’ IN 2009, HE WENT ON TO WORK THE THE CLUB SCENE IN JOHANNESBURG, SWIFTLY MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF. HE HAS APPEARED ON ‘BLACKS ONLY’, ‘OPENING GUYS’, ‘LAUGH OUT LOUD’, ‘MASS HYSTERIA’ AND THE TALK SHOW ‘LATE NIGHT WITH KGOMOTSO’. HE ALSO PERFORMED IN THE MINISERIES ‘TAXI RIDE’. IN MAY 2012 HE APPEARED ON THE FIRST EVER EPISODE OF ‘COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS... LIVE @ PARKERS’. HE WAS NOMINATED FOR THE NEWCOMER AWARD AT THE 2011 SOUTH AFRICAN COMIC’S CHOICE AWARDS, AND IN 2012 FOR THE BREAKTHROUGH ACT AWARD. HIS ONE-MAN COMEDY SHOW, EXHIBIT A LAUNCHED IN FEBRUARY 2015.
RICHELIEU BEAUNOIR
COMING TO YOU FROM KZN, RICHELIEU MOVED TO JOHANNESBURG TWO YEARS AGO TO ENTERTAIN THE BIG CITY’S MANY CROWDS. HE HAS BEEN SEEN REGULARLY ON THE BIG STAGES BUT MORE PROMINENTLY ON THE CLUB SCENE IN AND AROUND GAUTENG WHERE HE HAS BEEN APPEARING ALONGSIDE MANY GREAT COMICS. HIS STYLE IS A BLEND OF QUICK WIT, CLEVER OBSERVATIONS AND A PERSONALITY THAT SHINES THROUGH ON STAGE AS HE ENGAGES HIS AUDIENCE ENDEARINGLY. HIS ACCOLADES OF LATE INCLUDE BEING NOMINATED IN THE COMICS CHOICE AWARDS IN THE AUDIENCE CHOICE CATEGORY, HOSTING THE PROUDLY COLOURED SHOW AND REGULARLY PERFORMING IMPROV COMEDY ON THE LOL SHOW. HE RECENTLY PERFORMED HIS FIRST ONE MAN SHOW AT THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE IN DURBAN. HIS GROWING NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS ARE ONTO SOMETHING
ROBBY COLLINS
ROBBY COLLINS’ RISE FROM ACTOR ON THE DURBAN THEATRE CIRCUIT TO FULLY FLEDGED STAND-UP COMEDIAN HAS TAKEN ALL OF 5 YEARS. CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT FACES OF THE NEW GENERATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN COMEDY, ROBBY’S CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS BELIE HIS YEARS ON THE COMEDY CIRCUIT. HE HAS PLAYED TO THE BIGGEST COMEDY AUDIENCES IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH APPEARANCES AT ‘THE HEAVY WEIGHT COMEDY JAM’, ‘BLACKS ONLY’ ‘KINGS AND QUEENS OF COMEDY’ AND ‘COMEDY CENTRAL LIVE AT PARKERS’. HE HAS OPENED FOR MARC LOTTERING, EUGENE KHOZA AND TREVOR NOAH. HE WAS NOMINATED FOR “BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR” IN 2011 AND 2012 COMICS CHOICE AWARDS. HE RECEIVED AN EMMY NOMINATION FOR HIS WRITING ON LATE NIGHT NEWS WITH LOYISO GOLA AND APPEARED FOR THREE SEASONS ON LAUGH OUT LOUD AS PART OF THE IMPROV TEAM, ABADLALI
YAASEEN BARNES
CAPETONIAN ONE-LINER COMEDIAN, YAASEEN BARNES, FIRST MADE A SPLASH AS THE WINNER OF THE JOKER’S COMEDY CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2013. 2014 SAW BARNES TAKING THE COVETED TITLE OF GOODHOPE FM’S LAUGH MASTER, AND SUBSEQUENTLY PERFORMING AT THE JIVE FUNNY FESTIVAL ALONGSIDE THE LIKES OF TREVOR NOAH, MARC LOTTERING AND NIK RABINOWITZ. IN THE SAME YEAR HE WAS ALSO NOMINATED FOR THE COMIC’S CHOICE SAVANNAH NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR. PERHAPS HIS BEST-KNOWN PERFORMANCE WAS ON COMEDY CENTRAL, ALONGSIDE SA FAVOURITES LIKE CASPER DE VRIES AND DEEP FRIED MAN, IN “COMEDY CENTRAL PRESENTS DIVINE”. EARLIER THIS YEAR HE WAS NOMINATED AGAIN FOR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR IN THE SAVANNAH COMICS CHOICE AWARDS AND WON! BARNES REGULARLY FEATURES ON THE DAILY NOISE ON THE NIGEL PIERCE SHOW ON GOODHOPE FM AND IS ALSO A CONTRIBUTOR TO ZANEWS