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ALAN COMMITTIE is one of South Africa's leading comics. This multiple award winning performer is a character comedian, stand-up comic, actor, director, writer, producer, Master of Ceremony and even a fully qualified high school teacher. He freelances around the country and is best known for his comic one man shows: Stressed To Kill, One Man One Remote! TV or not TV, The Clown Jewels parts 1 and ll, Titanic on Ice and Dick and DJ.

Stagework

For the last three years, Alan has been Defending the Caveman theatres around the country to huge acclaim and even bigger houses! He took over this legendary one man show which has been running in South Africa for the last 12 years and for more than 1800 shows! Alan has received rave reviews and continues to play to full houses with this hysterical play. He alternates between this show and his own stand up shows and can be seen at various theatres around the country.
Alan's most recent shows (that he has written and starred in) are Stressed to kill (Montecasino theatre and Theatre on the Bay), Return to Sendup!(Post Box Theatre), One Man One Remote(Kalk Bay Theatre), Once Upon a Laugh at the Baxter Studio, TV or not TV (at Kalk Bay Theatre, Theatre on the Bay and Montecasino Studio, Jhb) (2005 Naledi Theatre nomination for Best New Comedy and Best comic Performance; 2005 Fleur De Cap nomination for Best comic performance), Dick and DJ (Montecasino, Artscape Arena), Titanic on Ice (Theatre on the Bay, Montecasino), Dracula unclotted (Baxter Studio) and The Clown Jewels Part 1 and ll (Theatre on the Bay).
He has performed at the Stand Up South Africa Comedy festival in London, UK (2002) - where he also performed Dick and Di to great acclaim - and was part of all the Smirnoff International Comedy Festivals (Cape Town, Durban and Jo'burg) between 1997 and 2003! In fact, ALAN IS THE ONLY PERFORMER TO HAVE PERFORMED ON EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE FESTIVAL ACROSS THE COUNTRY BETWEEN 1997 AND 2003!
Other recent theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (produced and starring Alan Committie), Noises Off (which Committie co-produced with Pieter Toerien), De Fledermaus, Loveborg's Women , Dracula Unclotted! (2004 Fleur De Cap Nomination for best comic performance), Bedside Manners (2001 Vita nomination for Best Supporting Actor),Richard III - the untold story of Diana's death (2001 Vita nomination for for best new script and best comic performance), Mozart and Salieri, Annie, Noises Off , Macbeth, Pump (a street theatre clown show) and Beds on Bricks which had a run off-West End at the Young Vic theatre, London.
Alan has also directed a number of projects. Most recently in 2009 he directed and produced the a capella group Not The Midnight Mass (2009 Fleur de Cap winners for best performances in a comedy revue), Stuart Taylor's one man show Joker in the Pack and the 60's tribute show 69. He was also assistant director on the award winning Cape Town production of HONK!

Awards

Alan has won three major awards. He was the 2008 Fleur de Cap award winner for Best Actor as Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He also won a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for best supporting actor as Johan van der Walt in Laugh out Loud. And Alan is the 2008 Naledi award winner for best comic performance for Stressed to kill.

Television

Alan’s most recent work on MNET was his critically acclaimed six part comedy Van Der Walt’s Fault (watch out for the release of the box set dvd towards the end of 2009). He was also the star of series one and two of MNET's comedy hoax show Laugh out Loud where he had a weekly rant in the guise of his alter ego: Johan van der Walt ! Alan also adds his voice to the SABC animation series URBO as multiple characters on many of the episodes.

Radio

Alan's voice can be heard on various radio spots and his speciality is comic character voices and quirky offbeat roles... He has also been the "unofficial" film reviewer for Nic Marais' breakfast show on KFM where he is THE FILM WURM!

Viral Ads

During the course of 2003/4 Alan performed and co-wrote a number of viral ads for RUGBY365.com. You can visit this site and see some of his work.

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Barry Hilton

 

As an electrician by trade who’s studied in both SA and the UK, and a guy who has opened businesses and raised a bunch of kids, Barry’s got the life experience to back up a lifetime of stories.

At the age of 26 he made the decision to be a full time comedian and for three decades he has provided South Africa, and the world, with a Barry-flavoured brand of observational satire, comedy and storytelling. Following a Barry Hilton show you feel relaxed, flooded with endorphins and updated on topical global issues, like you’ve just hung out with your favourite and funniest uncle.

A face for television and radio

Barry’s television career kicked off with a breakfast show in 1996 called ‘Catch a wake up’ and at the end of the first millennium, Barry was invited to endorse a local brand of South African cider with the slogan, ‘it’s dry, but you can drink it’. With his classic one liners and expressive eyebrow movements and malleable face, he plays the role of a barman in the most popular ad “Did you know your monkey stole my Savanna?’ He’s been the face of Savanna’s TV adverts ever since.

More TV work followed, with the ‘Funny you should say that’ chat show in 2003 and ‘The Generation Game’ in 2008. He has also been involved in various other radio and television adverts and released five comedy DVDs as well as starting a franchise of online DVD stores called COUSINSDVD!

A movie star is made

In 2009, Barry made his debut in the movie star world playing the lead character of Lenny Vincent in ‘Finding Lenny’. Much aligned to his real life had he been a sports writer not a comedian, Finding Lenny is a story about a man who at the age of 50 reaches an about turn after a series of incidents and enforced changes! Co-incidentally in his early fifties, Barry lost a brother to cancer and also married his third wife, Sandy Hilton, with whom he now has a beautiful boy called Jack, his sixth child. In the film he ends up coaching soccer, a sport Barry is very passionate about.

For his role of Lenny, he was nominated for Best Actor in the Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood, which he attended in August 2009. In 2010, he then starred in a mockumentary alongside five top SA comedians in Outrageous and in 2012 he is working on a film with SA’s award-winning film director Anant Singh.

World Cups and world tours

Ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Barry went down under and across to New Zealand too as part of his Serial Comic World Tour to take his cousin-flavoured concoction of humour to homesick masses and new fans. He performed 20 shows in 25 days. Barry made many wonderful friends and met some of the local talent, including NZ comedian Mike King who he then invited to perform in SA in early 2012.

His Serial Comic shows were so well received in Australia, that he  was invited to perform  at the Sydney Comedy Club. And his stellar performance resulted in an invitation to return to work there for a season. The Serial Comic World Tour also stopped in London and Bournemouth as well as Doha and Dubai and across Africa, from Namibia across to Congo and of course, South Africa.

Catering to homesick expats ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Barry was the master of ceremonies ‘team captain’ in an ‘away game’ of comedy in London at the Royal Albert Hall in a show titled Bafunny Bafunny. This show, consisting of eight of SA’s top comedians, also toured South Africa in 2010 and 2011. Barry was also on the comedy team for the 46664 Nelson Mandela ‘It’s No Joke’ Tour in 2010.

A decade of global jet setting and sold out shows

In 2001 he was the first ever South African comedian to perform at the world-famous London Comedy Store and ten years later, he did the same Australia’s Sydney Comedy Store. The turn of the century was an explosive catalyst for The Cousin, a comedian who has owned the past decade! From his gold disc status in 2001 for selling over 50,000 copies of his live DVD Here We Go Again, to his Serial Comic World Tour in 2011 and his twice sold out solo show in Cape Town at Grand West’s 4,000 seat venue, Barry Hilton is in high demand across the globe!

He has performed in Paris, Amsterdam and London, Doha and Dubai, Sydney and Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington and a bunch of cities in between. Not to mention across Africa, including Tanzania, Zambia, Lesotho, Congo, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Most recently, Barry Hilton has extended his profile into the motivational speaker market and he is now taking his blend of stand up comedy, corporate entertainment and motivation to the world. Watch out, international man of mirth, on the move!

 

FAQs

* For the sake of Barry’s sanity, and to enhance his remit of topical issues, we kindly ask you to concoct questions to keep The Cousin on his toes. Hint hint, FAQs for very commonly asked questions below!

How did Barry Hilton get the name ‘The Cousin’?

Barry started calling people ‘my cousin’ because he was, and still is, really bad at remembering names. To get around this problem, he just calls everyone ‘my cousin’. (And he often refers to the ladies as ‘goose’)

What are some of Barry’s other common phrases?

Stukkend, kak, my china, C-ASH, broken, plonker, you think?

What made Barry open a DVD store in South Africa?

Firstly, Barry loves watching movies. His favourites include The Godfather, Men in Black and anything in which Helen Hunt stars. Secondly, his oldest son Bradley used to own a DVD store and one day, while on a plane, Barry came up with a plan to overcome all the negatives of a conventional DVD store. And the idea of COUSINSDVD was born!

How many kids, wives and ex wives does Barry have?

Barry has been married three times. In October 2007, he married Sandy Hilton with whom he has a young son, Jack, born in March 2010. Barry has five other children – Tyler (1992), Robin (1991), Jami (1984), Bradley (1981) and Tracy (1978).

What live DVDs has Barry released?

  • Serial Comic (2011)
  • Working Class Cousin (2008)
  • Afri-Cousin Live at Emperor’s Palace (2005)
  • Here We Go Again (2001) – awarded gold disc for sales exceeding 25,000
  • Live and Switched On (1999)

What movies has Barry starred in?

  • Outrageous (2010)
  • Finding Lenny (2009) – Lead role nomination, Best Actor in Feel Good Festival in Hollywood

Winner best narrative feature at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes

Screened at The Taormina Film Festival, Sicily Italy

What TV adverts has Barry starred in?

  • VW Fox
  • Spray and Cook
  • Sunday Times South Africa
  • Nashua Printers
  • Savanna
  • Roman’s Pizza

Some Regular Corporate Clients include
1Time

ABSA

AIM SA

AVIMA

Bank Windhoek

Barloworld

BIC SA

BMW

CMH

Concrete Society of South Africa

Datacentrix Infrastructure

DF Scott Cash and Carry

Emperors Palace

Engen

Famous Brands

FNB

Fruit and Veg City

Greyvensteins

Grinaker

Magna Carta

MAN Trucks

Mondi Packaging

Mango

Nashua Mobile

Nestle

Office National

OK Franchise

Old Mutual

Pick ‘n Pay

Regent Life

SA Poultry Association

SAICA

SAN Parks

SANVIK

Shell

SPAR

Standard Bank

Stefanutti Civils

Ster Kinekor

Sun International

Tile Africa

VOASA

 

In case you need to know any of this kak

  • Barry was born on 29 January 1956 in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • His full name is David Barry Hilton
  • Barry has a British passport and has lived in SA since he was 13 years old
  • Barry is a supporter of Westrand Heart Foundation since 1988 and he also supports the Little Fighter Cancer Trust, Heart Foundation for Children and Just us 4 Children charities.

 

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Welcome page

Unintentionally and effortless, Barry Hilton – International Man of Mirth – has crafted his own classic blend of observational satire, circular storytelling and animated expressions. He is synonymous with inducing stomach-crunching laughter, exerting his neck and eyebrows in weird ways, saying the word ‘kak’ a lot and being loved and known by his nickname, ‘The Cousin’.

International Man of Mirth (that’s laughter, gaiety or merriment for those reaching for the e-dictionary), Barry is a comedian, actor, motivational speaker and corporate entertainer.

Barry Hilton is simply one of the funniest men around.  He draws crowds where ever he goes and ad-libs to turn everyday occurrences into opportunities to see the lighter side of life. His unique ability to engage a wide range of audiences has earned him a loyal fan base that spans continents with sold out shows. From SA to the UK, America to Amsterdam, New Zealand to Australia, Doha to Dubai, Barry has performed on five of the seven continents.

Everyone’s favourite cousin is clocking up the laughs across the globe… and he’s not done yet!

About

Anyone who has seen a Barry Hilton show will know that he has an inimitable knack for extracting humour from everyday situations, coupled with his signature facial expressions and animated physical antics, ensuring a quality sold out show every time!

What a lot of people don’t know is that Barry is also a corporate entertainer, motivational speaker and actor. With five comedy DVDs to his name and starring in a bunch of adverts and TV shows, Barry’s face and funny style is preserved, and often re-played, in the digital world. As of 2009, Barry also added ‘movie star’ to his list of stuff he’s done. He has played lead roles in two movies (Finding Lenny and Outrageous), and has another film in the pipeline in 2012 with award-winning SA film director Anant Singh.

It was at the age of 26 he decided to devote himself to being a professional comedian. He has since worked with and opened for comic greats, including Billy Connolly, and he has performed in top international venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London as well as both the London and Sydney Comedy Stores. He was in fact the first SA comic to ever perform at the London Comedy Store in 2001, and 10 years later, at the Sydney Comedy Store. Following the successful down under leg of his 2011 Serial Comic World Tour, he has been invited back to perform a season at the Sydney Comedy Store.

With six kids, two ex-wives, a new wife and a few dogs, plus having run a bunch of businesses (including COUSINSDVD), Barry has the life experience to back a lifetime of stories.

Most recently, Barry Hilton has extended his profile into the motivational speaker market and he now intends to take this to the world. Watch out, international man of mirth, on the move!

Did you know?

  • Barry is a professional auctioneer as well as a handyman who builds his own cabinets and bookshelves
  • He also loves gadgets and is very knowledgeable on new hardware and software
  • Barry is a big Superbike fan and supports Team Suzuki
  • He loves to watch Premier league football, but does not like rugby
  • He also likes to fish, but puts them back
Barry Hilton

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All the way from Bloemfontein this self-confessed “farm boy” has been honing he’s comedic skills on the Cape Town comedy circuit since 2010.

Carl’s comedy revolves around being a small town boy in the big city, his experiences of growing up in the Free State but undoubtedly his nicheis “what if” in movie and soapie scenarios. Delving in and out of hilariously funny characters, with an amazingly unique take on everyday life.

While still new to the comedy scene, he has reached the finals of the Graca Comedy Showdown 2010. As well as performing at the annual Rocking the Daisies Festival (Comedy Tent) doing our door events like 2010 annual Kite festival as well as 2011 Navy festival, playing and fine tuning his set to an array of different audiences. 2011 has indeed been an eventful year as he has gone on to win the Phat Joe’s Cape Town’s Next Comic sponsored by Heart FM. Taking the leap into theatre he recently completed a 4 night run as part of Stuart Taylor’s Intimate Comedy Sessions at On Broadway. Yet the biggest highlight so far was being selected to open to 1500 people for Loyiso Gola’s one man show “Life & Times”and being extremely well received.He has just recently won the Graca comedy showdown 2011, which won him a spot in the coveted nandos comedy festival which took place at the Artscape, sharing a stage with international comics like Greg Behrendt (best-selling author of “he’s just not that into you”) and the internationally acclaimed comic Pablo Francisco. Carl is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the South African Comedy Industry illustrated by performing at the 2011 Vodacom Comedy Community Tour and holding his own on the biggest of stages.

A regular on the club comedy scene, he has performed as a feature act at all the big club comedy gigs in Cape Town.

When asked about his experiences in Cape Town he was quoted as saying “cape town is a mysterious place with many lights and high buildings….. and cleverly disguised gypsies”

Humble to his Bloem-boykie roots, Carl promises to tickle your funny bone till it hurts and then tickle some more.

Carl Webber

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He speaks slow, but he thinks quick. 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, the deadpan face of South African comedy.

Chris Forrest has been on the forefront of South Africa's comedy scene for close to ten years now. His unique dry sense of humour has made him one of the country's most popular comedians and ensured that audiences are left in stitches wherever he goes.

Best known for his TV appearances such as being one of the stars of the "Pure Monate Show" and numerous successful ad campaigns which include being Sasol's volunteer Olympic coach "Coach Joe", the "Yo" guy for the Vodacom Challenge, and the recent eBucks advert we he played four different versions of himself. He's also had smaller roles on Komplex, and the Emmy nominated episode of "Sorted"

Chris has also been a regular performer on South Africa's premier comedy show "The Heavyweight Comedy Jam" which tours the country on a regular basis, as well as being an honorary black man on the hugely successful "Blacks Only Show" which has revolutionised comedy in SA. Chris is also the regular host of the King Size Comedy Shows, attracting crowds of three thousand plus. Chris also played The famous Lyric Theatre in West End, London to huge acclaim.

Having performed with distinction at functions ranging from corporate launches for Microsoft, SASOL, Mondi, ABSA, SAB, Vodacom, MTN and more recently eBucks print and TV campaign to music festivals such as Oppikoppi. Working as both a comedian and an emcee Chris has proved himself to be one of the most versatile and consistent performers in the country, enjoyed by audiences of all ages and races.

Chris Forrest

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Chris Mapane, is one of the most energetic comedians on stage. His energy is contagious and invigorating. He started doing stand-up comedy with a one man show at the University of the Witwatersrand and at the tender age of 25, he has done it all; from being a headliner to One Man Shows, sharing stage with comedians like David Kau, Berry Hilton and John Vlismas. His observant nature and staying current has made him palatable to audiences from different walks of life. His style of comedy is for the common market of South Africa, he relates to most aspects of South African life, having grown up in the farms, township and the city. Ever since he moved from Viljoenskroon in Free State to Pretoria and Johannesburg life has never been the same.

Chris is a former resident comedian at Y-fm and his performance include among others:

Blacks Only Comedy Show (PE, CTP, JHB, DBN and BFN)
Wits Hee Hee Hee Comedy Festival
Tshwane Comedy Festival
University of Pretoria Comedy Festival
Soweto Comedy Festival
Laff a lil laugh a lot comedy show in Botswana
King Size Comedy Bash to mention but a few
Chris successfully completed Blacks Only SA tour and Kit-Kat Comedy tour with standing ovation in all shows.

Chris was seen regularly on your screen on SABC 1 Mondays 19:00 along David Kau and Chris Forrest, as a mentor for Fanta So you think are funny contestants. He has graced TV
screen both here and abroad on shows such as Late Night with Kgomotso, Motswako, Morning Live, SABC 1 Wild Room, SABC 2 Flash, VUZU TV, Se'skhona, Flava Dome Botswana TV, Africa Awakes broadcasting, Soweto TV, Friends Like These, Channel O Oboma and has won the prestigious Y-Fm comedy battle.

His corporate clients include among others:

The Zone @ Rosebank
The University of the Witwatersrand
Office Professionals of South Africa (OPSA)
Gauteng Shared Service Centre (GSSC)
Ekurhuleni Municipality
CIDA City Campus
Standard Bank

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Conrad Koch is one of South Africa’s most in demand comedy talents and the winner of the 2010 Entertainer of the Year award, and a 2012 Standard Bank Ovation Award from the National Arts Festival. He combines hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, and has done so for over fifteen years to local and international acclaim. He has worked all over the world, been featured on local and international television and is a frequent guest at some of South Africa’s biggest comedy events – the 94,7 Heavyweight Comedy Jams, Blacks Only, the Smirnoff Comedy Festival, the Vodacom Comedy Festival, Metro FM Comedy Experience, etc. His most famous character, Mr. Chester Missing, is a regular on etv and eNCA’s satirical news show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola; and his hit one man shows, Puppet Asylum, and The Chester Missing Roadshow have received standing ovations around South Africa.

Conrad has studied psychology, and is a social anthropologist – he has a master’s degree in the subject from WITS University (Cum Laude), focusing on corporate and African culture. He has had extensive experience implementing culture change programmes for the likes of FNB, Goldfields, Sun International, SAA, etc.

His outspoken political analyst puppet, Mr. Chester Missing, is fast becoming a household name. His television interviews with SA’s political elite have received wide acclaim. The use of a puppet to get political players to let down their guards is completely unique. In fact Chester Missing has been asked by the likes of City Press, Natal Witness, Reuters, the Mail and Guardian, etc, to comment on political affairs.

Conrad is completely unique in using his combination of razor sharp comedy with an understanding of human dynamics to create effective corporate communication. In the age of television and internet the human mind needs more than just facts read off the PowerPoint. His comedy is the sugar to effectively deliver the medicine of your message.

His edu-taining talk, “Making Laughter Work” (on techniques to make the office a more diversity-friendly, pleasant, playful and productive environment), has received standing ovations around the country. This fun-filled interactive talk focuses specifically on creating a client-focused culture, where diversity, customer-centricity and corporate citizenship are lived, rather than just spoken about!

Conrad has audiences in stitches by talking to himself through a variety of extremely eccentric characters. Self-ridicule has never been this fun. Meet Mr. Chester Missing (SA’s top puppet political analyst of LNN fame), Ronnie (the precocious monster), and Hilary (a bad attitude ostrich).

Conrad learned his craft at the College of Magic in Cape Town. He started doing comedy with the UCT Comedy Club, and then the Cape Comedy Collective. He is the only ventriloquist on the circuit, and is dedicated to bettering both his art form, and his contribution to debates on culture as a whole. As far as we know he is the world’s only anthropological ventriloquist.

“Intelligent, unhinged ventriloquism at its very best” The Star

“Reviews will use descriptive words like ‘pioneering’, ‘master-class’, and ‘mini renaissance’ but it really is that outstanding” The Citizen

“quite breathtaking: delightfully entertaining, intellectually stimulating and technically brilliant.” The Cape Times

“Brings the roof down” The Independent, London

“Delicious…hilarious ventriloquised repartee” The Argus

“Hilarious.” Mail & Guardian

“Taking ventriloquism beyond anything in the UK or America” Sunday Times, London

“You were truly hilarious and I hugely enjoyed the show! A million thanks for keeping it all together with such skill and professionalism.” Bonang Mohale, Chairman of Shell SA

“Thanks so much for being part of our event – we have had such fantastic feedback from the event and without you it would have just been death by PowerPoint. Your ears must have been burning all day, because StorTech cannot stop talking about you.” StorTech

“I’ve had an incredible amount of positive feedback on our session. You were awesome; many thanks.” Dr. Brian Armstrong, Senior Managing Executive: Telkom Business

Conrad Koch

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Darren Maule is equally at home on stage, TV or big screen.

His career started as a comedian at the infamous Hysterics at the Randburg Waterfront in 1996. Since then has featured at most comedy venues countrywide.

Darren Maule’s gift is his versatility; he can go from the physicality of Lee Evans or the Umbilical Brothers as demonstrated in his performance in “The House Boys” to the cutting wit shown in “the Joe Parker Comedy Express 2”. Darren has starred in the “Improv Express” (based on Who’s Line is it Anyway?) as a MC and player countrywide.

He is in hot demand for corporate functions or charity fundraisers, for his poignant thought-provoking outlook on issues facing South Africa and the world today.

Darren has traveled the country and abroad New York New York in 2000 & 2002 and has also performed in Prague for Nashua rewards conference as the “Real time” life inter-active animated character “Cassie” which also enjoyed two sessions on SABC 3 as an animated talk show host.

Darren has had appearances on: 3 Talk with Noeleen, Tony Sanderson Live, Weakest Link (Winner)
And cameo roles for example in ‘Sorted’ and stared in the FHM Top 100 Short Film
After a number of adverts Darren Maule went on to host a “Live” TV game show “Play TV” which aired for a year, 5 days a week.

Darren then hosted two seasons of SABC3’s “Out the Box” in 2006/2007, which has just finished its rerun everyday during the week at 12h00. He has also been the comic relief character “Grant” in the multi-award winning Curious Pictures drama series “Hard Copy” Seasons 1, 2 and 3. Hard Copy (season 3) was rebroadcasted on Saturday nights at prime time 19h30.

Darren enjoyed the great success playing Mr. Font in his Sitcom ‘Font’ which was broadcast on Thursdays 21h30 on SABC3 which reached over 1 000 000 viewers and has been nominated for numerous awards. Every Friday night at 21h00 on SABC 2 you could catch Darren on the game show called “Where were you?” and Sunday afternoon on SABC 2 at 12h30 on “Draw the Line”.

Darren spent much of 2008 filming “White Wedding”, which hit the big screen in 2009 after visiting the Toronto, Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. He has also recently completed filming as The Merchant in Ben Jonsons “Volpone” and Juror No 7 in ”12 Angry Men”.

He can be seen in the very funny Pick n Pay advert and 4 VW ads that capitalize on his unique comedy style parodying the current load shedding dilemma in SA not forgetting his lead in the OKI office automation ads.

He has also done several international Ads for Brands that like to capitalize on his physicality.

Darren performs live at comedy events countrywide and is resident MC at the monthly comedy gig at Partyhouse at the Dome Northgate, which has enjoyed full houses since its inception in 2007. Darren is currently enjoying lots of media coverage as a popular contestant from the celebrity survivor Santa Carolina TV series.

Physical, Intellectual, Culturally significant or sidesplitting silly, Darren Maule has all the tools for a comic actor for the 2nd decade of the millennium.

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Jehovah's Witnesses, sports, smoking, modelling - in fact absolutely anything gets a roasting when notorious Darren ‘Whackhead Simpson is around. Born and bred in Durban, this coastal boy took his first comedy steps on the sticky grounds of seedy comedy clubs. His knack for causing stomach stitches in turn-around time catapulted his career. Today Darren is a regular at theatre and comedy concerts where he shares his ‘whacky’ sense of humour with thousands of people. He's also hugely in demand on the corporate scene. Darren recently played to a 6 100 sell out crowd at Carnival City Casino doing stand-up comedy and MC’ing the event.

2003 saw his appearance on Comedy Showcase on SABC3. That year also saw him sell-out an eight night run at the Durban theatre. He has been interviewed on TV and is also a sketch actor for SABC 1's Pure Monate Show.

In 2004 he rocked the Late Show with Darren Scott on MNET performing stand-up. Despite his young age this is Darren's 11th year working in radio. Between his busy comedy schedule, he is currently also a host of the Rude Awakening Breakfast Show with Jeremy Mansfield on 94.7 Highveld Stereo. And that’s not all. In December 2004 Highveld Stereo released ‘The Best of Whackhead’s Phone Pranks’ on CD and it remained on the best sellers’ charts for five weeks, holding off Britney Spears Greatest Hits and Robbie Williams Greatest Hits. He’s since released four more CDs, each of which has achieved gold status (20 000 copies) or platinum status (60 000 copies). He has acted as co-presenter and was one of the writers and head pranksters for M-Net’s comedy show ‘Laugh out Loud’ and is the presenter of their show ‘Clipz’. Darren latest album “Thrown in the Deep End” was released in November 2010.

Darren ‘Whackhead’ Simpson

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Dave has been doing comedy since 1997. Known as one of the Kings of Improv Comedy. He’s one of the most original acts on the circuit. A popular choice as comedian and MC at company functions, corporate days, golf days and comedy clubs.

He has regularly performed at the Vodacom International festival and the Smirnoff comedy festival. TV viewers are already familiar with Dave’s quirky, irrepressible humour from his Big Black Box ads. Or possibly as the zany co-presenter in the first series of the SABC 3 TV shows Going Nowhere Slowly. He also opened for Aussie comic Jimoein.

His material darts into more lateral territory, with his “slightly-weird-guy-next-door” approach to every subject under the sun; he’s odd, without being offensive. His anarchic re-examination of everyday topics has won him fans at every appearance, as does his ability to improvise when interacting with the crowd. His on-the-spot skills often make it look as if he’s making it up as he goes… This versatile comic offers offbeat fun for anyone in the mood for a left-field comedy experience. You will most certainly want to see Dave again.

Dave Levinsohn

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DAVID KAU BIOGRAPHY

Leading South African comedian David Kau's name is synonymous with many firsts. 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.

"I'd never had experience in stand-up comedy," recalls David, "the first comedy show I ever saw was the first one I was in." And for the next few years David was a headliner in this international comedy festival.

In 1998 David – who had begun to study electrical engineering in 1995 before dropping it for acting at the University of Cape Town in 1996 then pursuing a Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama – performed The Rainbow Nation Tour, his first one-man show.

David wrote and performed The Rainbow Nation Tour to graduate but continued with politically-savvy comedy with his next play, Introducing The Peoples Comic in 2000. Of his material David says "it isn't all influenced by politics – and it wasn't politically influenced back then – instead it's always about what's current."

In 2001 David appeared in sketches on the TV show, The Phat Joe Show. Having already carved out a niche in the market as the best black comedian in the country – if not the only, David left the Mothercity for Johannesburg where he performed in Heavyweight Comedy Jams from 2000 and Comedy Black Out in 2002 til 2004. The line up included budding comedians Kagiso Lediga, Tshepo Mogale and Roni Modimola.

In 1997 David then joined forces with his university friend, Kagiso Lediga who "wanted to make films while I wanted to do stand-up comedy" to start the Pure Monate Show (PMS) which only aired in 2004. They then recruited the likes of Tshepo Mogale, Roni Modimola, Joey Rasdien, Chris Forrest, Riaad Moosa, David Kibuuka, Loyiso Gola and Kim Engelbrecht to partake in what was "inspired by In Living Colour. We just wanted to create a comedy sketch show because there wasn't one in South Africa." The second season of PMS premiered in 2005.

David soon grew tired of the fact that there wasn't a space for black stand-up comedians to showcase their work in their own languages. So Blacks Only comedy shows, that he started as a one-night-only affair in 2005 is now in its sixth year. The show – occurring 3 or 4 times a year in Johannesburg – now travels to Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein's Macufe Arts Festival.
As a comedy first, Blacks Only catapulted David into instant household name status and proved that he is indeed a forerunner in the comedy industry. It is befitting then that in 2006 David performed and released his first stand-up comedy show DVD, I Did These Jokes First. He is currently performing its prequel, I Should've Done These Jokes First.

David has also wrapped his first feature film, Hoteleng which was produced by him and Teboho Mahlatsi. No stranger to movies, David has also appeared in Gums and Noses and Akin Omotoso's God Is African. From the big screen to the small one, in 2008 David became the face and head judge of Fanta's So You Think You're Funny reality show. They are currently working on the third season.

This stage star who was named the Star Comedian at the Stars of Mzansi Awards says "charity begins at home – Kroonstad." With his NPO, 111 Kau Foundation, David is currently putting children from his hometown through school and helping feed and clothe kids at Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng orphanage in Midrand. He is also a 46664 It's No Joke ambassador.

Nine years ago David was the first, and only, Kroonstad celebrity to host David Kau's Annual Christmas Party for his friends and fans. Today this is one of the more popular events on South Africa's social calendar. With so many career-firsts it's no wonder that David Kau is one of the most sought-after comedians on the continent.

David Kau

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David Kibuuka is undeniably, one of the young talents of South African comedy. A graduated
Finance Honours student with Wits University, “Dave” has a unique brand of humor that
combines wit and intellect without losing touch with his audiences. He broke into the comedy world when he won 5FM’s Freshest Five nationwide comedy talent search competition and he hasn’t looked back since.

2008 also saw him opening for one of the top comedians in the world in Australia’s top comedian Carl Barron on his South Africa Tour. He has an enviable body of television and film work including having played the lead in the hit local movie Bunny Chow which won awards worldwide and was recently chosen as the featured lead on SABC 3’s popular travel programme – Going Nowhere Slowly.

Dave can already boast of having performed at some of the biggest comedy events on the local comedy calendar. A very young Dave shared the stage with names like John Vlismas, Kagiso Lediga, Riaad Moosa and David Kau as well as a cluster of international comedic acts in the first Kingsize Comedy Festival. Such was his performance, that he was invited to perform again the following year. By then his undoubted talent had been recognized which led to Barry Hilton and John Vlismas inviting him to tour with them as their opener in their respective nationwide tours. He was also invited to perform at the Blacks Only Comedy Show in 2005 and again the following year to a capacity Sandton Convention Centre crowd of about 4000 people. 2006 also saw him being invited to perform in London with other top South African comics in the Heavyweight Comedy Jam. 2008 sees David travelling as the opening act for Australia’s top selling comedian Carl Barron on the South African leg of his World Tour – an honour bestowed on a comedian who is now recognized as having enough clout to perform alongside one of the world’s top comedians.

Dave has established himself steadily on the local comedy circuit performing regularly at comedy venues like Tanz Café, Comedy Underground, Parkers amongst others. However, he single handedly brought back live stand-up comedy at the Blues Room in Sandton and can now be found performing regularly alongside Trevor Noah and Loyiso Gola as the resident comedians. In one of the most exciting deals to happen to South African comedy to date, he has been instrumental in developing the DStv Comedy Circuit which will encompass 10 clubs nationwide with DStv as it’s primary sponsor. This will give stand-up comedy in this country a much needed injection and make it locally homegrown comedy more accessible to a broader audience.

Dave’s versatility as a performer and comedian was further emphasized when he was chosen to be one of the lead actors on both seasons of the SABC 1 cult comedy sketch show – the Pure Monate Show in 2004. He stood out on the show and was one of the better performers in esteemed company that included the likes of Riaad Moosa, David Kau, Kagiso Lediga, Joey Rasdien, Chris Forrest, Loyiso Gola, and Tshepo Mogale. Even though he was still at varsity, being on the show elevated David Kibuuka to becoming a household name nationwide to a point that he is recognized wherever he performs in the country.

Dave’s talents go beyond just stand up comedy. He is also able to add intelligence to humour to creatively manifest ideas and concepts. Evidence of this is Dave being employed to sit on a creative team that put together the creative direction for the Loerie Awards in 2005. He was also employed to write scripts for MNet’s comedy show – Laugh Out Loud. Besides having also written scripts for the Pure Monate Show, he took his writing ability to another level by writing the script to the movie, “Bunny Chow” and went on to play the lead act. “Bunny Chow” the movie went on to achieve worldwide critical acclaim as well as a local cult following winning awards at film festivals in Los Angeles, Toronto, Melbourne and our very own Cape Town International Film Festival.

The prodigious talent, David Kibuuka is definitely launching a full scale assault on entrenching himself as a superstar, not only in South African comedy but in the entertainment industry as a whole. You’ve been warned!!!

Live Events

Virgin Mobile Comedy Event, Blacks Only, UP ( University of Pretoria ) Yours Comedy Night, Pure

Monate Comedy Jam, Botswana Charity Comedy Event, The Freshest Five Comedy Festival, the Comedy Blackout, The Heavyweight Comedy Jam (London), Pretoria Comedy Festival, Just Because Comedy Festival, Carl Barron Live in South Africa, Jozi Comedy Festival, UN Comedy Festival

Corporates

Cell C, Unplugged Communication Architects, Virgin Mobile, The Dealmakers Forum, Momentum

South Africa, FNB, Dunhill, Anglo American, Kimberly Clark

Television

Pure Monate Show 1 and 2, Font and Sons, Laugh Out Loud, Coconuts, Going Nowhere Slowly

Movies

Bunny Chow

Comedy Clubs

Yuk Yuks ( Toronto, Canada ) Blues Room, Comedy@88, Tanz Café, Funny Bones, Horror Café, The Comedy Underground, Tony’s, Carnival City, Parkers, Bambatha

David Kibuuka

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Deep Fried Man

Musical comedian Deep Fried Man was dropped on his head several times as a young child, and this has had a profound effect on his songwriting style. He began his career as a serious musician, before realising that the audience was laughing at him, after which he decided that he might as well try to make them laugh on purpose. Since then, he has been rocking comedy gigs all around Jozi.

He was declared joint winner of the 2010 Parkers Comedy Showdown, which led to a performance at the UN Comedy Show with Pablo Francisco and many other top local and international comedians. Since then things have been busy. Recently, Deep Fried Man has performed a full-length, once-off one man show for the Wits Drama for Life festival, opened for Trevor Noah in 'Scratch That' at the Joburg Theatre Fringe and played the Heavyweight Comedy Jam, the Tshwane Comedy Fest and UJ's One Night Stand to name a few. Deep Fried Man has been compared with the likes of Flight of the Conchords, Bill Bailey, Weird 'Al' Yankovic and Tim Minchin. His listeners must be warned that the music of Deep Fried Man may cause you to LOL, ROFL, or in extreme cases even LMAO.

TV performances: SABC3's 'Last Say on Sunday', M-Net's 'Tonight with
Trevor Noah', SABC2's 'Weekend Live', e-TV's 'Frenzy'.
Radio appearances: Performance on 5FM's Live @ 5, Interview with Alex Jay on 94.7, Performance on John Vlismas' “I Don't Like Monday”, Jacaranda and East Coast Radio, Interview with Warren Roberston on Radio Midrand,and songs played on MFM, UJFM,
Features and interviews: SL Magazine, Vice Magazine, FHM.co.za, The Natal Witness.

Deep Fried Man

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He has been described as a new age comedian who breaks down boundaries, builds bridges, challenges prejudices and inverts stereotypes but Eugene will probably just tell you that it’s just him telling it like he sees it. Undaunted by working in his 2nd language his performances are littered with vernacular references, vivid characterizations coupled with witty dialogue leaving crowds whooping for more and rolling in the aisles.

It is difficult to believe that Eugene Khoza has only been in the stand up comedy game for 2 years given the maturity and confidence he conveys on stage irrespective of audience or venue. Born and bred in Pretoria, his has been a meteoric rise in the world of local comedy and Eugene can now be found performing all over the country. As his career blossoms, he is already establishing a strong and diversely ethnic fan base. That can be accredited not only to his multilingual delivery but his in depth understanding of cultures and being able to engage them all on a humorous level. It makes him a favourite amongst audiences.

It is this ability that took him from performing open spots to hosting the popular Horror Café Comedy Night for a year. His rise in the comedy ranks was initially confirmed when he made the semi finals of MNET’s Laugh Out Loud Comedy Competition but when he won the Ricoffy Comedy Challenge in the same year – it was evident to all that he was a star in the making.

Those achievements and more great performances led to him being put on the line up for Arts Alive 2007 as well as 2 of the country’s biggest comedy shows – The Blacks Only and the Heavyweight Comedy Jam. Not only did Eugene hold his own amongst some the country’s most celebrated comedians, he had found where he belonged. All this also led to him co-hosting a show on popular Joburg radio station, YFM and achieved great ratings during that period. He has also done various interviews and appearances on television, making him a name that’s becoming synonymous with comedy nationwide.

Today you can find Eugene Khoza performing at numerous corporate functions, live shows, club gigs all over the country and well on his way to become one of South Africa’s most gifted comedians.

Eugene Khoza

GOLIATH&GOLIATH

In case you’re wondering, we aren’t related. Not even by blood or philandering father. We just happen to share the same surname. The Goliath thing does make more sense with Jason though because, well, he’s fat.

We all know the good old fashioned formula of having a comedian or MC in a bow tie hosting corporate events. But (and is a pretty big butt because of Jason) nobody has ever done a dual act. Two hosts who effortlessly bounce between comedy and MCing.
That’s what GOLIATH&GOLIATH offers.

By combining our styles, our performance enables us to provide you with a unique experience for your audience. This method elevates the MC experience because we’re not merely there to help continuity we create a theatre of sorts where we entertain and interact with the crowd.

JASON GOLIATH

Currently featured as Cell C’s “Farrell” , the First For Women “Dashboard Head” and one of Castle Lager’s “Amajitas”, Jason Goliath is a larger than life comedian who literally is larger than life (it’s because all this personality won’t fit into a smaller body ok!) With a commanding stage presence, more than 10 years MC experience, bucket loads of energy and a character based set focused on making audiences laugh at life’s uncomfortable truths, he has performed successfully at numerous corporate events and leading comedy rooms (Parkers Monte & Emperors Palace, Melville Underground, AWEdnesday Comedy Jam, Blacks Only and many more)

DONOVAN DAVID GOLIATH

Donovan David Goliath (true story) is a Caucasian-looking coloured guy from Mthatha who speaks Xhosa (true story). His act is based around insightful storytelling and simple truths using various characters and impersonations. He has rocked fesses and stages like the Tshwane Comedy Nights at State Theatre, Soweto Comedy festival, Comedy Underground, AWEdnesday Comedy Jam, Parkers(Montecasino), Blacks Only and has just completed a 51 show run for LOL at Gold Reef City.

Goliath & Goliath

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In a thirty-year career, South African-born comic Joe Parker has won a reputation for being earthy, provocative and innovative. Despite his cheeky defiance of all things politically correct, Joe is one of few comics to have had an episode of Dali Tambo’s hit talk show People Of The South devoted to him. His style of delivery is direct and to the point – best described as adult and sometimes risqué, but never crude. Although ever-anal press critics may have difficulty with some of his material, the public adores him. A fine musician to boot, he isn’t shy to pull out his guitar and treat his audience to a few rib-tickling songs.

Since the start of his career in 1971, Joe has built up a large following among South African comedy fans. There is not a town in the country that has not enjoyed his unique talent, and his appearance at the Sun City Superbowl for Laugh Aid in 1986 stole the show. He has toured extensively since his first theatre venture in 1988, and has produced an impressive list of successful shows, including The Comedians '95 – a showcase of SA's top comedy talent, which toured the country in December/January 1995/1996 and played to packed houses. More success followed in December 1996, when he wrote and produced the innovative Not The Xmas Panto in conjunction with Gilda Blacher. It was the first adult pantomimes to be staged in this country and featured a host of South Africa's top comedy talent. More recently Joe produced two more adult pantos – Jack and His Big Stalk (2003) and Puss ‘n Boots (2004) – both sell-outs at Carnival City Casino.

Joe’s reputation precedes him wherever he is booked, resulting in packed houses countrywide. Since 1996, when he became a driving force behind the explosive development of new South African comics, the variety bill of a Joe Parker Comedy Express has been exhilarating crowds at an ever-increasing number of South African venues. These include Comedy Warehouse (Cape Town), Grand West Casino (Goodwood), Anfield Arms (Parow), Bardellis (Cape Town), The Blues Room (Sandton), Cloud Nine (Umhlanga), Crowded House (Pietermaritzburg), The Backstage Theatre (Royal Hotel, Durban), The Boardwalk (Port Elizabeth), Carnival City (Brakpan), Caesar’s Gauteng (Kempton Park), Montecasino (Fourways), Boston Tea Party (Menlyn), Club Mystique (Vereeniging) and Fat Cubans (Pretoria), as well as numerous corporate gigs. Since 1999, the Comedy Express has been the consistent favourite of Thursday night crowds at action pub Hurricanes in Fourways Mall, a tradition that continued due to public demand following the venue’s name change, to Junxion Blue, in 2001.

Joe has travelled and worked in the United Kingdom on various occasions, gathering vast experience in his field. In April 1998, he was invited to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which resulted in offers of work in Australia and a return to the Festival in 1999. The Comedy Express has also produced two videos, with Joe hosting each, both of which receive continued support through local video stores. In March 2001, Joe opened the Comedy Warehouse in Cape Town, together with partner Derek Gordon. The consistently high standard of comedy at this venue saw it chosen as the setting for the SABC3 hit Comedy Showcase. Other television appearances include Barry Hilton’s stand-up show in 2001, followed by People Of The South in January 2002.

Joe Parker, more than anyone has advanced stand-up comedy in South Africa over the past six years creating opportunity and work for comics from ALL cultural groups. Evidence of this promotion of local talent would be his production of comedy videos Joe Parker’s Comedy Express (2000) and Joe Parker’s Comedy Express II –“The Rest of the Best” (2001) which were released through Nu-Metro.

Joe will be bringing the Comedy Express to Krakatoa at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom from August 2005 each Wednesday for three months. Promises to be quite an eruption!

Joe Parker

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Joey Rasdien is the epitome of South African comedy today.

His endearing stage persona is intellectually absurd, physically hysterical and visually beside himself.

This belies his other profession… high-level fund management and financial advising.

He has become the face of the new generation …

Having appeared in many television ads, including Cell C, KFC, The ICC Cricket World Cup Campaign and toured with the South African Cricket Team as one of the faces of South African Cricket.

- Joey Rasdien was on the 5fm's Beach tour in December 2002.
- He also performed at the two-week international HA-HA comedy festival held at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban.
- Joey Rasdien was the MC on the opening night at the 2002 Oppie Koppie Pre-Show in Pretoria and headline act at the 2004
festival held in Northam.

This versatile performer was also a regular on the Club Comedy circuit, where he’s performed to sell out audiences at including
Cool Runnings in Melville and The Blues Room in Sandton's Vllliage Walk, Carnival City, Morula Sun and Dachs in Pretoria.
- He headlined the most recent Blacks only Comedy to a sell out crowd of 4000 people
- He has become a regular performer at the popular Heavyweight Comedy Jams
- He is a regular headliner at Nu Breed Comedy and Munt Comedy evenings targeting the growing black comedy market.
- His biggest comedy gig thus far was on the Main Arena at the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival held in Cape Town.

On the small screen, his appearances include a performance on "Comedy Showcase", Sketches on "Jerry Springer's Saturday Night", appearances in "The Phat Joe Show”, “Leriekeraai”, “Pap Idols”, “Spek Skieters” and a lead role in a "Quickies" Production. Joey also performed rap in 4 music video recordings for the Department of Health for their AIDS campaign, Khomanani. He also presented the popular live interactive game show, Play TV on SABC 3. More recently Joey has become a scriptwriter and performer on the hit comedy sketch show, The Pure Monate Show, on SABC 1, he was host of his own game show, Go For It, on SABC 2. His latest TV offering is Laugh Out Loud, a prank show screened on M-Net, also to critical acclaim. He was also a writer on the show and he conceptualized some of the most successful hoaxes on the show. Joey is a regular on Kyknet & various SABC 1,2 & 3 shows

- As versatile as ever, Joey played second lead in the successful film, “Dollars and White Pipes”, an Anant Singh produced
South African feature recently screened on M-Net.

- He took the lead role in the John Barker produced short film, “The Last Days of Anna Van Storm”, to critical acclaim.

- He is one of the story contributors and actors in the successful feature, Bunny Chow. The film has been nominated at the
Toronto Film Festival, AFI festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, to name a few and opened the Sithengi Film Festival in Cape Town.

Joey’s international debut was at the world renowned “Yuk Yuks” and at Planet Africa in Toronto whilst he was attending the Toronto Film Festival.

- His experience in the financial industry is an advantage when relating to a corporate audience which makes him a sought after
Facilitator / entertainer at conferences.

He can currently be seen on the Big Screen in the Paul Slabolepsky’s production, Running Riot.

Joey won Best Actor Award at the Nante Film Festival in France in December 2007

His corporate clients include SA Post, SAB Miller, Coca Cola, ABI, RCI, MTN, MNET, Spoornet, FNB, ABSA, Standard Bank, Nedbank, The Gordon Institute of Business, Pfizer, Life Healthcare, Murray and Roberts and Sasol, amongst many others.
He was also MC at the recent launch for the VW Golf 5.

All-round, a consummate professional.

Joey Rasdien

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2008 Finalist: Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off.

SA Comedy Award Winner: Stand Up of the Year 2007.

Award-winning comedian, John Vlismas is one of South Africa’s most creative, prolific international comics.
John Vlismas has entered 2009 with a full schedule but typical low-key stealth, continuing to play to a large number of corporate audiences and readying an exciting film project for release in September 2009 and to be announced in due course. John's international travel will be limited this year, due to local commitments. April sees his much-anticipated solo art exhibition, "Off The Reservation." featuring 20 oil on canvas works at the Obert Contemporary Gallery In Melrose Arch. While the work is serious in nature, Vlismas has opted to open the exhibition on April 1st, determined to reference his comic roots.

His new one-man comedy show, POW, will premiere in June, visiting both Durban and Johannesburg.

While outspoken and sometimes controversial, Vlismas is a firm favourite in the corporate market, and spends over 80% of his stage time entertaining executives and their staff with tailored material, proving that he has the ability to adapt rapidly and appropriately for diverse audiences.

In 2008 he represented his country in Toronto, finishing in the top eight at the Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off, and performed at Freedom Day celebrations in Dubai, at the request of the South African Business Council. John also performed his long anticipated one-man show, entitled Lucky Plebian, in June 2008.

He produced the South African leg of Henry Rollin’s 2007/8-world tour, taking in the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and the Bassline in Johannesburg.

In 2007, he produced and headlined Shady Okesat the Hammersmith Apollo in London. He also won the inaugural SA Comedy Award for Stand Up of the Year, with his one-man show, Gay, Black & Immortal.

Of the stand up comedians working the circuit in South Africa today, John has the widest international profile. From his 2002 performance in Berlin, at the Maulhelden Festival, to his shows in Dubai in 2006 and 2008; to 2007’s Shady Okes inLondon and at the Bulmer’s Comedy Festival in Dublin; to his appearance at The Comedy Store in London in 2005; and his four trips to Canada, where he has played at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and remains the only South African comedian to be invited to return three times, having impressed in Club Soda, Globecom and Bubbling with Laughter, and performing by invitation in the prestigious showcase Talk of the Fest with Drew Carey; to his 2000 participation in the Melbourne Comedy Festival, where he enjoyed a sold out run of 28 shows in the highly regarded Best of the Edinburgh Festivalshowcase.

In 2006 he produced and headlined Have a Heart (HAH) in aid of Child Welfare Johannesburg. In 2002, he hosted and co-produced the largest ever stand up comedy event seen in South Africa, Laugh Out Loud; which played to 7000 people.

Not content with stand up and MC work, John also writes for publications and spent sixteen weeks in 2007 attempting to attract litigation for his weekly column attacking the local Idols judges, syndicated in Independent Newspapers. He also completed a year-long column in the Star Newspaper’s Business Report, called Funny Money with Ronnie Apteker, and wrote a monthly column for In London magazine, for 3 years.

John has joined up with academic friend and mentor, Jonathan Foster-Pedley to lecture on MBA “Creategy” Electives at the Graduate School Of Business, delivering his talk “The Shared World” on applied intuition.

He has scripted and performed for the FNB Life Start, and SAB Brand Power national road shows, Arts Alive festival each year and regularly performs at his comedy club, The Comedy Underground, now SA’s longest running regular comedy event.

John has enjoyed much local success with his previous one-man shows, all of which he wrote, directed and produced: Whacked in 2001, Aggravated Assault in 1999, Man in Black in 1998, and Mr Ballistic in 1997. In 2001, his two-hander with Bevan Cullinan, Grinder confirmed his ability to sell tickets. The esteem in which John is held by the comedy industry is evidenced by such events as his role in Steven Wright’s South African tour as support act, and his performance for SA Tourism at the Sydney Art Museum in 2004.

Regarded as the “Comedians Choice of Comic.

Here are some of the comments from his peers in the industry:

“As apartheid shriveled up and died the death it deserved, the night sky of South African comedy looked empty and drab. Suddenly out of nowhere came a blazing meteor called Vlismas and our world has never been the same again.” - Pieter-Dirk Uys

“He has a wild wacky energy. He looks like he’s the rep for red bull. It’s nice to see somebody that breaks the boundaries and is not scared to go forward. We all have our own genres and hopefully our genres make us different and that is one of the reasons that John is so special. He is so fast and so up to date. It is nice to see a young man who still has the same energy he started with 10 or so years ago and this makes him always a pleasure to watch. He is proud that he is South African and that shows that we have world class acts in this country. YOU GO JOHN!” Your friend Barry Hilton

“John Vlismas, a legend, a role model and most important the best comedy brain I think I will ever come across. No one should ever under estimate what he has done for South African Comedy including the huge influence he had and still has in my career.” - Joey Rasdien.

If there were a true guru of comedy, we’d all be visiting John on the mountaintop... -Riaad Moosa.

John Vlismas is.... ORIGINAL BRILLIANT ALTHOUGH SCRECHINGLY FUNNY, SAVAGE, HILARIOUS, NOT FOR THE WEAK ARRESTING OFFICER. FEARLESS.
"Didn't think he'd get this far. . . though I always knew he had it in him." Not once apparently. - MARK BANKS

John Vlismas

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Kagiso Lediga ventured into comedy while studying at the University of Cape Town 9 years ago and over the ensuing years set about establishing himself as one of South Africa’s top comedians. Not only is now lauded amongst the best comedians in the country with an impressive body of work behind him but is also now celebrated as one of South Africa’s pioneering and most recognizable black comedians

His talent and ability can easily be confirmed by an exhaustive trail of achievements and accolades. Testament of this is the fact that he has graced the stages of all the biggest comedy events in South Africa including the most prestigious one in the Cape Town International Comedy Festival ( 100000 people over 3 weeks ) where he won the People’s Choice Award in the company of acclaimed comedians from all over the world. Other comedy events he has performed at are Laugh Out Loud, Comedy Blackout, Kingsize Heavyweight Comedy Jams, Blacks Only, Freshest Comedy Festival, Pure Monate Comedy Jam, Let Durban Laugh Festival….the list is endless. He has also entertained corporate crowds all over the country with his refreshingly intelligent and thought provoking brand of comedy, a list boasting a wide spectrum of companies from various sectors of the economy. His talents can be further confirmed by the fact that he has performed successfully overseas as well, performing at the internationally renowned Edinburgh Comedy Festival as well as in the famous comedy clubs of New York and Toronto. He is in line to perform at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2007. His ability to adapt his material according to his audiences but leave them in raptures has always been a strong feature of his repertoire wherever he performs.

He also has a flair for writing brave and entertaining content and he has also been working towards producing content that is shaking up the South African film industry. It is testament to his creative ability, that he is now recognized as one of the young, up and coming television and film producers in the country. This was first evident when the sketch comedy series, the Pure Monate Show which he produced, wrote and performed in was voted in the top 5 most entertaining local programmes on SABC 1 for 2004 and was nominated in 8 categories of the South African Film and Television Awards. As the anchor of the show, he fast became a household TV personality nationwide and is now recognized wherever he performs. He went on to play roles on various other tv shows such as Sorted and Hard Copy.

His successful foray in TV led to Kagiso’s involvement in films. He has already acted in two but it is with a movie called Bunny Chow which he produced and also was the lead actor that he once again finds himself in the headlines. This movie which will be screened in local cinemas nationwide from Feb 2007 has already attracted attention globally and promises to be a huge hit. It has already achieved great successes in being selected to the following prestigious film festivals; Toronto Film Festival, American Film Institute Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival and the Melbourne Film Festival. It was also the opening film at our very own Cape Town International Film Festival ( Sithengi ) where Kagiso’s inspired performance saw him being awarded with the “Best Actor Award” beating off competition from accomplished and revered actors from all over the world. Such has been the impact of his film that MTV Films Europe recently put pen to paper to be the global marketing partner of the film. He has also been cast in the 2007 release South African movie – Good Fellas which is gaining in pre – release hype.

Another huge feather in Kagiso’s cap was his recent selection as one of the judges for the internationally recognised Emmy Awards, a massive accomplishment and endorsement of his growing stature as a talented producer worldwide.

In 2007, Kagiso Lediga is recognized as one of the country’s headlining comedy and screen acts. He was referred to as a national asset at a recent performance for the city of Durban by its mayor. As he continues to hone his craft both locally and internationally, he remains in the top tier of home grown comedy talent and has left a hard act to follow.
Performance Summary

Live Events

Oppikopi Rock Festival Worcester, Up the Creek Rock Festival, 5fm Kingsize Heavy weight Jam Johannesburg, Cape Comedy Collective University Tour, Heavyweight Comedy Jam Durban, Cape Town Smirnoff International Comedy Festival, Kingsize Comedy Festival, Laugh Out Loud concert, Comedy @ the Playhouse : Durban 2004, Metro FM Music Awards, Oppikoppi Festival 2005, Music at Constitutional Hill 2005, Blacks Only Comedy Festival 2005, Cape Town International Comedy Festival, Pure Monate Comedy Jam, King Kong Tower Festival, Amahlaya Etheku Comedy Festival, Golden Scissors Awards 2006, South African Film and Television Awards Nominee Junket, Botswana Charity Comedy Event, Blacks Only 2006, Cape Town International Comedy Festival 2006, Let Durban Laugh Festival “06, Let Durban Laugh Festival 07, North West University Comedy Extravaganza 07

Corporates

Transnet, Black Business Executive Circle, Speakers Corner Caltex, M-web, Blue Moon, Black Accountants Forum, Ster Kinekor, Alstom, Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Khaya Majola Craven Week, Spescom, SABC, Old Mutual, Centricity Dinner , Internet Solutions, Octogon, Nike Social Responsibility Launch, , African Access Holdings Golf Day , Torque I.T. Golf Day, ABSA Fun Day, Coca Cola Year – End, Momentum, Eskom, Santam Child Art Function, SABC Marketing

Interviews

Top Billing, Channel O magazine, Pace Magazine, Mail and Guardian, New York Times, (with Cape Comedy Collective), BBC (with Cape Comedy Collective ), Channel 4 (with Cape Comedy Club ), Cape Review, Toasty Show, The Star, Pretoria News, Drum Magazine, Sawubona, Cape Argus, Cape Times, E-news, Phat Joe Live, CNN, World Online.co.za, 5 fm, SAFM, Y fm, Y – Mag, Metro fm, East Coast Radio, Isolezwe, The Mercury, Cape Talk, German Public Radio, JHBlive.co.za, Cosmopolitan, E-news, SABC Africa, Lotus FM, Destination SA, Channel O, Hey SA, Elle, Jozi FM, , Screen Africa, Good Hope FM, P4 Radio, Night Life, 702, GQ Magazine

Television

Evita Live and Dangerous (E-tv 1999), Comedy Showcase (SABC 3), Comedy Show Barry Hilton (SABC 3), Toasty show. (E-tv), Phat Joe Live. (E-tv), Phat Joe Show. (SABC 1), Laugh out Loud (SABC 3), Quickies 2 (SABC 3), SOS (E-tv), H20 Music video, The Pure Monate Show 1 & 2, Documentary on Zola ( Channel O ), Leanne Liebenberg interview for FHM ( MNet ), Creative Direction Strategist for Loerie Awards 2005, Sorted, Hard Copy, Shift ( SABC 1 )

Commercials

Parmalat Yoghurt, Vodacom, Aero-spatialle French Airports Company.

Movies

Crazy Monkey 2004, Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon 2005, Bunny Chow 2006, Footskating 101 2006, Good Fellas 2007

Comedy Clubs

Blues Room, The Armchair, The Underground Cool Runnings, Dachs, Comedy @ 88, Tanz Café, Carnival City, Horror Café, Cherelee’s, Morula Sun, , Funny Bones, Carolines ( New York ), Yuk Yuks ( Toronto ), The Laugh Lounge ( New York )

Kagiso Lediga

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Celebrated South African comedian Kedibone Mulaudzi is in constant demand as both a headline act and MC across the national circuit. And him being part of the same line up with Chris Rock at Comedy underground in Mellville was a highlight. Kedibone is also the highest booked comic for corporate gigs with Comedy Shop and Speakers of Note. Kedibone has also performed in Tanzania, Washington DC, Zambia, London, Lesotho, Swaziland and Botswana. A comedy genius that always tears the roof off with his witty, hilarious punch lines. Kedibone has been doing comedy professional since 2003 and he hasn't looked back since. The one thing that sets Kedibone apart from his peers is that he is vigorously developing new comedy talent in SA through his Nubreed School of Comedy . On top of that he is developing Gospel Comedy in SA. His sets were recently shown on SABC1’s Joyous Celebration flighting. And he’s currently writing a monthly humour column for Kulula.com’s in-flight magazine.

Shows, TV, Radio, Newspapers and Magazines Appearances.
Shows: Soweto Comedy Festival, Local N Lekker Comedy Tour, Arts Alive Comedy Festival, Life Start Comedy Campus Tour, 95% Zulu Comedy Jam, Cape Town International Comedy Festival, Blacks Only, Comedy Nine Nine, Tswane Comedy Festival, Tuks Comedy Fest, Daresalam Comedy Fest, Gabarone Comedy Fest, Durban International Comedy Festival, Wow Comedy Fest, 99% Zulu Comedy Fest.

TV: Zola 7, 3 Talk, Shift, 20 Something, Gen Game, Ses'Khona, Pasella, Wild Room, Street Journal, Spirit Sundae, Gospel Grooves, It’s Gospel Time, Ziyamporoma, Friends Like These, Soweto TV, One
Gospel, Drawing The Line,.

Radio: Yfm, 5fm, Metro Fm, Kaya FM, SA FM, Highveld FM, Thobela FM

Newspapers: Sunday World, City Press, The Star, Sowetan, Daily Sun, Sunday Sun, Daily Dispatch, Cape Argus, Cape Times, Sunday Times, Dispatch and Ilanga.

Magazines: Drum, Bona, Shana, Die Kat, Shana, Real Magazine, True Love, Parable and Y-Mag.

Kedibone Malaudzi

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KRIJAY GOVENDER

Host/ MC/Comedian:

International Events:

  • Fifa World Cup Preliminary draw – Scored (12/10 on performance rating)
  • Ebandla Homecoming Revolution (in London) for the Premier
  • Comedy4Tune (one of four comedian performers onboard Starlight Cruise Liner 2008)
  • Launched the ICC World Cricket Cup 2003 with Shaun Pollock & PJ Powers
  • International Poetry Festival
  • International Science &Technology Conference 1999 • Miss India Worldwide for Soni Television Dec 2002 (2 billion viewership)
  • Anant Singh’s Now or Never Concert Dinner 2002

National Events/ Awards/ Corporate :

  • South African Film and Television Awards (First Ever 2007)
  • South African Economy Growers Awards
  • IDC • IDC - Official Farewell Dinner for CEO Wendy Luhabe
  • South African Design Achiever Awards 2008
  • Liberty Life, Standard Bank and Stanlib – Suncity Superbowl 2008 (Jacob Zuma - Keynote address)
  • Eskom (2008 awards for various divisions from Stations/ Distributions to Women’s Day)
  • Bpesa National Awards 2008
  • Banking Ombudsman Awards 2008
  • FNB Lifestart Host 2006/7/8
  • Absa Awards
  • Standbank Blue Star Awards (Regional and National)
  • MTN Yello breakfast – cities throughout SA
  • Microsoft Partner Summit Awards 2008
  • HP Preferred Suppliers Awards
  • SA Breweries National Conference
  • People Magazine Crystal Awards
  • Compztek,
  • Multichoice Africa conference
  • Mulitichoice conference
  • SABC Enterprise/Sales Conference
  • SABC Sports Conference
  • SABC TV License Awards.
  • Sappi Awards
  • RCI Awards 2006
  • KZN Ebandla in CT and JHB 2007
  • Red Bull Box Cart 2003 and 2004 for SABC3
  • Loeries 2003 (for Mnet)
  • Peter Stuyvesant PLANET Launch 2003
  • Launch of South African Women’s Forte 1999
  • Cisco Govtech Function 2008

Awards / Nominations and Accolades

  • Voted “Funniest woman in SA” by media: Star/Top Billing
  • Comedian of the Year Mzansi Star Awards 2008 (nominee)
  • One of top three MCs for 2007/8 (Sunday Times, Gwen Gill’s Column)
  • Best comedy actress 2008 - South African comedy awards(nominee)
  • Cosmo Awesome women of year 2007 • Reader’s Digest: Funny People
  • Regular comedian on Blacks Only; Heavyweight Kingsize Comedy; Arts Alive

Coke Africa in Nambia 2011 (conference faciliator)
Coke International Public affairs and communication conference Dehli INDIA 2012
Coke Conference Maurituis 2012 (was asked / could not due to clash with The wild)
FNB India launch 2012
RMB conference Sun City 2011
BESCA/ TOPCO/ DEALMAKER OF THE YEAR/ LIBERTY

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Krijay Govender

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LOYISO GOLA

At the tender age of 19, Loyiso Gola came to Johannesburg with one dream, be the best possible comedian he could possibly be. With the energy and vigor of youth he hit the comedy scene, and it did not take long to realize that this was what he was born to do.

Almost immediately recognized as an up and comer and not to be taken lightly, he won the Sprite Soul Comedy competition and was runner up in the Professional category of Freshest Five Comedy Competition upon his arrival. He came, he conquered and from then there was no looking back.

Loyiso’s rise to fame is enviable to many in that it was so meteoric it took many by surprise. From performing with the Cape Comedy Collective in the Cape Town Comedy Circuit, still a mere school student at the time, he has evolved into a comedy phenomenon performing all over the country as well as appearing on Television, Radio and the Big Screen.

The message was clear, people wanted Loyiso and he delivered. From performing in events like the Kingsize Comedy Jam, Comedy Blackout, Pure Monate Comedy Jam, Blacks Only Comedy Show,Sprite Soul Comedy Jam to name a few, his unique sense of humor, openly frank and observational brand of comedy got him noticed. In no time at all, he was being invited to perform at the Cape Town International Comedy Festival (considered South Africa’s most prestigious comedy event) which lead to him being selected to perform in the ‘Best of the Festival’ line up. He had arrived.

Always one to stir up opinions, his one man tour cheekily entitled “Loyiso Gola for President” encompasses all that he is about, and managed to gain rave reviews all across Africa. The guy clearly got it right, seeing as it won him a South African Comedy Award in 2007. Not one to brag, forever humble, he was invited to perform in London, Dubai, Gaborone and Lusaka to name a few.

Loyiso decided to step up his career and attempt television. His fans were overjoyed to see him appearing in local shows such as soapie Backstage, drama series Mthunzini.com, SABC 3’s Comedy Showcase though this stint as a writer and performer in 2 seasons of SABC 1’s cult comedy sketch series The Pure Monate Show elevated him into becoming a household name and forever placed him in viewers’ hearts. His easy going manner and likability saw him hosting the Metro FM Music Awards, a job he was born to do because not even a year later he was promoted to host the South African Music Awards. As if that’s not enough, he proved he had what it takes to hold his own when he was given the honor to open for international comic stars, the likes of Russell Peters and Sugar Sammy when they toured South Africa respectively.

Loyiso’s move to cinema saw him have a cameo appearance in the critically acclaimed cult movie Bunny Chow in 2005. It became clear that he could hold a show on his own so it came as no surprise that he was given the opportunity in 2007 alongside Pieter Dirk-Uys to co-star in a series aptly named Dinner with the President. The show was comedy gold and received great reviews as Loyiso and Pieter interviewed celebrities and well known public figures. By this stage Loyiso’s career spoke for itself so it came a no surprise when he was counted by the Wall Street Journal amongst the South African comedy greats the likes of Trevor Noah, Kagiso Lediga and Eugene Khosa as the next generation of Comedians men that shall take comedy in South Africa to the next level, and judging by his career, this prediction is a close to the truth as possible.

Nowadays Loyiso can be found performing for corporates, live shows and club gigs all over South Africa. If he’s not performing live or wowing us with his one man shows, such as the latest Life and Times of Loyiso Gola (performed in front of capacity crowds at the Teatro Theatre-Montecasino and the ICC in Cape Town), then he is entertaining us weekly with his latest acclaimed endeavor on ETV, Late Night News with Loyiso Gola (LNN). LNN is a politically themed satirical comedy show which has become one of comedy’s strongest endeavors on national TV. The show goes into the third season with an average of 1, 5 million viewers tuning in every week. He broke onto the scene in 2003 with his creative comic genius and he has no intentions of going anywhere anytime soon. He is here to stay.

Live Events

Loyiso Gola for President (Joburg), Loyiso Gola for President (Durban), The BIG International Comedy Week 2007, Pure Monate Comedy Jam, Mentos International Comedy Festival, Blacks Only, Freshest Five, Forget What You Heard- One Man Show, King Kong Tower Festival, Sprite Soul Comedy Jam, Up Yours Comedy Night, Heavyweight Comedy Jam, (Joburg), Heavyweight Comedy Jam (London), Kingsize Christmas Comedy Jam, Metro Fm Music Awards, Comedy Collective University Tour, Cape Town International Comedy Festival, Arts Alive, Frolic Festival, Comedy Blackout, Arts Alive 2006, Bafunny Bafunny, Amahlaya Etheku Comedy Festival, Botswana Charity Comedy Event, Masana Petroleum Golf Day, Dubai Comedy Series, Celebrate Durban 2007, Vodacom Campus Tour, United Nations Comedy Tour 2007, WOW Comedy Jams, Life is A Joke Comedy Festival, The Last Laugh at Silver Star Casino, Life and Times of Loyiso Gola amongst others.

Corporates

Hosted Metro FM Awards, Hosted South African Music Awards, Clover Year End Gala Function, State of the Station (MNet), ABSA Choir Festival, Toyota Golf Day, Hewlett Packard, MTN Campus Tour, MTN SAMA Launch party, Sowetan, Dept of Trade and Industry, FNB, SABC Airtime Sales, Sprite Campus Tour, Nokia June 16 celebration, Urban Brew, ABSA Fun Day, Edgars, Municipality of Durban, YFM, Ningabo Media, Mojo, University of Cape Town, Masana Petroleum Gala Evening, Choir Festival National Tour, UCT Graduate School for Business, SAFA 2010 Gala Event, Proudly South African Awards amongst others.

Television

Pure Monate Show, Mthunzini.com, Backstage, Comedy Showcase, Dinner with the President, Late Night News with Loyiso Gola

Movies

Bunny Chow
Comedy Clubs
Tanz Café, Horror Café, Blues Room, Jou Ma Se Comedy Club, Bambatha, The Oz Pub, Comedy Underground, Tings n Times, Dachs, Morula Sun, Carnival City, Sibaya Casino, Comedy @88, Coco Bongo- Monte Casino, Funny Bones, Back Room, Armchair

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Lunga Tshuka 

Everyone loves a funny joke, because laughter is the best medicine for the soul. Besides being an all-round entertainer, Lunga Tshuka has grasped onto the funnier side of life – not to slander everything that crosses in his path, but to simply make people happy. This 26 year old comedian from Mitchells Plain has come a long way in a short space of time, and he hasn’t even reached the peak of his growing career.

When it comes to raw talent, Cape Town is filled with it, but very rarely do we come across a comedian like Lunga, who is also an MC, Breakdancer and a beat-boxer.

With a flair for mesmerising an audience, Lunga is the perfect choice. Being a jack of all trades offers a winning hosting opportunity, with a refreshing approach to each performance.

Growing up, Lunga had many Hip Hop influences, resulting in him following a similar lifestyle, starting with breakdancing. All of these qualities add heart to his stage presence, giving his spectators a mix of talent, charm, music and dance. If that’s not enough, those who see Lunga on stage can also witness him holding harmonious notes, with spot-on imitations of singers such as Maxwell, and old school legends, like Louis Armstrong and well known rock band The Darkness.

Lunga has been MC-ing at various events. Some of his gigs included hosting the SA Hip Hop Cup - a platform where South Africa’s dancers and crews battle to take home one of the most sought-out dance titles. He has also hosted the Renovatio Dance Company launch, Spades Youth Development Agency's Annual Night to Remember, Cape Town’s Most Wanted Show, Hybrid Crew’s dance competition and Steenberg High School Talent Search, The South African Sports Aerobics Fitness Federation(SASAFF) and He also was a co-present on a pilot of TV show called Trojan Warriors  – to name a few.

In 2012, Lunga’s friends told him to do stand-up comedy. He decided to give it a shot, and entered his first comedy gig at an open mic session. The feedback was positive, 

and continued to progress. Another comic, Gino Fernandez, saw him perform and gave him a slot at Southfield’s Chilli Bar. 

In Lunga’s opinion, a respectable comedian works hard at what he/she does, and actually puts in the time and effort to think of new things and to make people laugh and feel Happy. 

Lunga’s best description of himself is crazy, with a very weird imagination – a person who tends to make things up, and when he finds them funny, it is brought to the table. 

 
Lunga Tshuka

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Every so often, an entertainer comes along that is head and shoulders above what we are used to seeing. World-class performer Magic Man is one of the most experienced and well-travelled magicians in the country. He has been touring North America, Canada and Asia for the past 15 years building an impressive list of achievements. From the Rolling Stones at the Sticky Fingers restaurant in London to the "wrap-up" party in Vancouver for U2's Zooropa Tour, Magic Man has entertained the finest! He has worked at the Edinburgh Festival and headlined at top nightspots across Europe, Canada and South Korea. He also spent two years on some of the finest cruise-liners in the world, entertaining the rich and famous. His show has tremendous appeal for all age groups, as demonstrated by his non-stop schedule of corporate engagements. Most recently, he was chosen to represent South Africa at the International Arts and Culture Festival in Frankfurt, Germany. Alongside other South African superstars like Mango Groove and Sipho Hotstix Mabuso, Magic Man was a huge hit, receiving encore after encore.

Since 1999, Magic Man has been an evergreen hit at Comedy Express evenings. He has appeared on the Comedy Express Video, M-Net’s It's a Funny Country and SABC 2’s Chuckle and Chat Show, and was also invited to work at the 1998 Smirnoff International Comedy Festival in Durban and Cape Town. Whether he’s working an intimate room or a large pub, Magic Man’s boyish, charming blend of gags and unbelievable sleight-of-hand keeps the whole room enthralled.

Magic Man

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Malcolm burst onto the comedy scene in 2001, and hasn’t looked back since... With his life philosophy never far behind, a saying borrowed from Sir Francis Bacon “Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is”. A saying Malcolm has taken to heart, and has even been dubbed the Dr Phil of politically incorrectness, due to his astute observational abilities and no holds barred delivery style. With this foundation he has worked many comedy rooms both locally and abroad. Malcolm has the unique ability to read just about any audience and adapt to any environment...

Malcolm started his international career performing at the groundbreaking SA only stage at the Edinburgh festival in 2005, earning rave reviews: “Malcolm’s sharp witted barbs were the highlight of the show” the Scotsman. Going on to perform in London, Dublin, Seychelles, Sydney, and Dubai and of course Botswana...

Television appearances include sketches for The Flipside and The pure monate show, Comedy showcase, The Res,
Pap Idols... Malcolm was also a firm favourite as the ‘original’ 94.7 Fugitive. Due to his quick wit and fearless approach to stage performances, he has been a valued member of a couple of improv troupes, as well as a festival, Up the Creek and Oppikoppi favourite. He has a film credit to his name, an independent film “Slam-Bang”, currently showing as various film festivals and most recently Malcolm has assumed the role of presenting the final run of “Going Nowhere Slowly” as well as PLAYER 23 “Jan” for the new Vodacom campaign, a role which has seen his corporate base grow rapidly.

Put all of this together add a two year stint of graveyard shift talk radio on 702/Cape Talk and you get a fresh, dynamic and original comic, who’s fast becoming one of the most in demand corporate MC/entertainers in South Africa.

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Mark Banks is one of the most recognized and respected comedians of his time.
 
In over 25 years of comedy, Mark boasts at least one new one-man show each year, of which he writes and performs 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.



He says that the reason behind the silliness is that "it's easier to look at the other side of things that don't have another side, and if they don't have one, invent one." Notoriously un-PC, Mark claims to have started performing at the age of 11 when he was "able to balance an entire Zulu rondavel and its contents on his chin while singing 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing' by the then New Seekers."



His constant banter and uncontained one-liners have often lent him undeniable praise as MC for award ceremonies, corporate functions, banquets and conferences whereby he casually digs in to all and sundry with his potent brand of Banks humour.

Mark represented South Africa at the 1996 'Just For Laughs Comedy Festival' in Montreal, but modestly says he was not awarded anything partly due to there being no prizes at the event.

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"It's just not that kind of 'do'," he says.

Mark, whose interests range from "writing an A to Z compilation book of the lemurs of Madagascar for visitors to Cape Town" and "training a coelacanth to leap through a hoop of crusty bread rolls", to "completing a volume of works on Chinchilla Respiratory Tract Infections" in time for Christmas, also has time to "run an organic cocktail cucumber farm just outside Swellendam which is the biggest organic hydroponic cocktail cucumber farm in the southern hemisphere under asbestos and grown without water.

It's grown only on prayer." 

He also does "a lot of missionary work among the unlaughing."

Among the numerous sidesplitting performances Mark has staged, his first one-man show "Stars of South Africa" received critical reviews, as well as the utterly memorable "We're Not On Top… We're Inside," of which he claims won the prestigious Epol Late Entry Award at the Gilooly's Farm Dog Show. Other One Man Shows, include the brilliantly titled content-based 'Ek's 'n Doos from South Africa' (pronounced exodus). Loosely translated, it pokes fun at locals living abroad, and is a raucous laugh a minute as well as “Laughing all the way to the Banks…” to name but a few!

His productions have played to packed houses nationwide and Mark is widely recognised as one of the favourite Master of Ceremonies at corporate functions from Awards banquets to Conferences at which he provides light relief through the event, to golf days and the like. Mark is well known for his satirical, fun-pokery at the expense of the rich and famous, and for his memorable stand-up comedy routines in front of many thousands of the country's top decision makers around the country.

Mark has also appeared regularly on TV as presenter or interviewee, as well as having featured in several adverts.

Critics have both praised and slated him for his content over the years, but Mark's feeling of indifference to such inanity has merely pushed and influenced his repertoire to convincingly being described as 'the Grand Dowager uncle of the South African comedy underground', Mark Banks' glittering career as the only IMAX-size joke maker in the country has served as a beacon for comedy in the 21st Century…" Most recently, Mark was one of the cast members who performed with the Bafunny Bafunny tour, whose line-up consisted of the top comedians in South Africa. They performed at the prestigious ROYAL ALBERT HALL in LONDON in May 2010 before bringing the show home to SA and performing to various sold out shows (over 60 000 tickets sold) around the country, and he’s still going strong!

 

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Allow me to introduce to you Cape Town Comedian Mark Palmer - the comedy circuit's 'nice guy'. With a comedic voice heavily influenced by the likes of Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld, he is just what South Africa has been waiting for.

Mark has been performing and honing his skills for over 8 years and he is now one of todays most sought after comedians. Great comedy with no harmful side-effects.

What? No Vulgarity, No Cringing, No Embarrassing Situations?
Oh yes ... once you see Mark live you will never forget him!

 

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More about Mark Palmer ...
Mark was born in Cape Town in 1974. At 10 years old Mark moved with his family overseas, then back to Durbs, SA - and settled in Cape Town where he now lives with his wife. Mark consistently customizes his comedy to a variety of corporate and show audiences, events ranging from 60 to 4000 people. Mark has done them all. He has worked with such notable companies as the Protea Hotel Group, Ford, iTouchSA and many more. Mark's ability to blend a theme or topic with one of today's funniest comedy routines is unparalleled. His smart, sometimes loud and often opinionated brand of comedy has made him an audience favourite wherever he performs.

 

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It doesn't matter that Mark Palmer happens to work clean. He's funny. And funny is the thing that matters when you're watching a comedian. And having a comedian that is both clean and funny, especially when looking for someone to entertain your guests or MC your event, is a rare thing. With Mark you get the best of both worlds and have nothing to fear when calling on him for your event.

As Jerry Seinfeld said, "Funny is funny. Clean humour, if it's good, works anywhere."

Mark combines clean, hilarious humour with inspiration like no other comedian working today. He is grateful to everyone who supports comedy that doesn't make you feel like you stepped in something. With a legal qualification and many years working in the legal and finance world, Mark traded the business world stage for the comedy stage and never looked back.

Mark gets material daily from the perils being newly married, babysitting other people's kids, airport madness, the advances of technology and general social commentary of current headlines. But you are thinking it must be difficult to work clean all the time, right? "Clean comedy is easy. Funny comedy is hard." Mark is both.

"Clean, classy, clever" * * * * - Cape Argus 19 May 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Sampson’s Missing Links toured for the third and final time to Grahamstown in June 2007, followed by dates at the Guild Theatre in East London, the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town in July and the Liberty Theatre, Jo’burg in October-November.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Missing Links, Sampson’s hilarious solo show about evolution and South African identity, sold out its opening run in Cape Town at Easter 2005, delighted audiences at the Cradle of Humankind in Sterkfontein and played to packed houses at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. In 2006, Missing Links went on to sell out for the second time in Cape Town, and play to huge critical acclaim at the Liberty Life Theatre on the Square in Sandton, at the Cape Town Festival, at the KKNK in Oudtshoorn, at the Catalina Theatre in Durban, the Guild Theatre in East London and sold out at Grahamstown again.

Tour of Missing Links during African Origins month for the South African Agency for the Advancement of Science and Technology (SAASTA) to varsities nationwide in Sept 2006 and to high schools in three provinces in Sept 2005

MC’d the Cape Comedy Collective’s Proudly South African tour to the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2003 receiving 4 star reviews and "Showing South Africa in all its glory... a breakneck blast through some sharp comedy...a fine change from Brits, Yanks and Aussies at the Fringe”.

Mark was spotted by a German scout at Edinburgh and invited to perform at the Maulhelden (Verbal Heroes) Festival in Berlin in January 2004 alongside comics from Britain, Holland, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Turkey, Denmark, Canada and USA as well as Germany.

His second radio sketch comedy show promoting Old Mutual’s sponsorship of the Edinburgh tour “Ouma’s Comedy Bites” was broadcast three times a week on SAfm in June-July 2003.

“Growing: Auld with Sampson”, a musical comedy show with local guitar legend and surfing buddy Robin Auld featuring stand-up, songs and comedy parodies, played to sell-out houses in Cape Town and toured up the Garden Route to PE and East London in 2003.

Appeared on the comedy celebrity edition of SABC3's The Weakest Link in August 2004, plus “Funny You Should Say That” and “Comedy Showcase”.

Xmas 2000 season at Artscape with the Cape Comedy Collective, Xmas 2001 season at Spier with the CCC and Irit Noble, Xmas 2002 season at the Baxter Theatre with the CCC’s multimedia show “The Good News” which featured video inserts of a dozen local celebrities including Bobby Skinstad and Pieter-Dirk Uys, and a full gospel choir from Masiphumelele.

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Sampson conceived and produced the first CCC radio sketch comedy show “The Good News” which had a writing and performing team of 10 and ran twice a week on P4 Radio from Oct-Dec 2002.

Green’s Spicer Campus Comedy Tour nationwide in 2000.

Hosted the first ever Dangerzone at the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival at the Baxter in 1998.

Host of the Oppi Koppi and Up The Creek music festivals from 1996-200

When crazy blond dreadlocked Mark Sampson arrived in Cape Town on a surfing holiday many years ago, there was no stand-up scene at all in the Mother City.

A passionate believer in the power of comedy to unite people, Sampson was the founder of the Cape Comedy Collective and held free workshops for would-be stand-ups at his Comedy Lab every week from 1999-2002. He was the legendary host of the Cape Comedy Club, packed to capacity every Sunday at the Independent Armchair Theatre in Cape Town for 3 years from 1999. This hothouse of talent produced many of today’s top comedy names such as Kurt Schoonraad, Kagiso Lediga, Stuart Taylor, Riaad Moosa, Tshepo Mogale, Nik Rabinowitz, Tracy Klass, David Newton, Loyiso Gola and Melanie Jones.

He coined the slogan “Comedy - for the people, by the people!” and the CCC delivered just that, at more than 50 venues on their ever-changing 6-nights-a-week circuit around Cape Town from 1999 to 2003.

Corporate clients include:

  • Old Mutual 
  • Momentum Life
  • Pick ‘n Pay 
  • Woolworths 
  • BP Mweb
  • Vodacom 
  • Cell C 
  • FNB 
  • Standard Bank
  • Portnet 
  • Nando’s
  • Billabong 
  • Pepstores
  • BAT 
  • Gauloises 
  • Lucky 
  • Strike Distel 
  • Pernod Ricard 
  • Guinness UDV 
  • Chevrolet 
  • Toyota 
  • Nescafe 
  • Foschini 
  • Cape Talk 
  • 5FM 
  • eTV 
  • FIFA
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Mel Jones

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Born and raised in Cape Town and a proud resident of Mitchell’s Plain, Mel Jones describes herself as "the favourite" of three siblings.

She is a single mother, comedian, award nominated producer and an energetic MC. Her career started taking flight when she was fondly received at the Spier Amphitheatre only 6 short weeks after doing her very first open mic slot. Since then, you may have heard her on the radio as co-presenter of a very popular morning show, seen her on SABC3's Comedy Showcase, the Phat Joe show, the King Size Comedy Tour, the Blacks Only Comedy Show, Mind The Gap, The Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Kings & Queens of Comedy, the critically acclaimed comedy & sketch show, Bitches, the Vodacom Funny Festival where she was their very first female host, Comedy Central and is hugely popular as a corporate comedian and MC.

There’s also a strong possibility that you may have read about her in various magazines (not the ‘bikini’ mags – the edu-tainment ones. Ask her mom, she’s saved every copy). In fact, she was the guest editor for an edition of Khuluma magazine, Kulula.com’s in-flight magazine.

She’s also been featured in a book called ‘Mitchell’s Plain – A Place in the Sun’ which led to an award winning production, which she starred in and was showcased at the Suidoosterfees at the Artscape in Cape Town for 2 years in a row. And, staying true to her roots has earned her a title as one of 12 ‘Mitchell’s Plain Heroes’. These people were selected as individuals who uplift the community and inspire young people who grow up in similar surroundings. You also get to see her face on a pillar, which is pretty cool.

The shows, ‘Doing It for the Money’ and ‘Still Doing It’ in which she co- starred with another very popular Cape Town comedian, have been met with great reviews as a Cape Town hit.

Mel takes laughter and hilarity very seriously and as one of only a handful of female comedians in the country, she is part of a very exclusive club.

Mel Jones

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Mel Miller pisses people off. In a thirty-eight year career, he's pissed off right wingers, left wingers, liberals, conservatives, whites, blacks, Indians, Germans, Japanese, the British, jews, muslims, christians, the Apartheid government, the ANC, men, women and censors. He's likely to continuing pissing them off for some time, too - which is fine, since more than a few have done the same to him. A true legend of South African comedy, Mel started mixing comedy and folk music in 1964. He shot to fame in the country's first television comedy series, Biltong and Potroast, in 1976 - "It took me twelve years to become an overnight success," he crows. Never out of demand for corporate or charity gigs, he greeted the Nineties resurgence of local comedy with gusto. His presence as a guaranteed killer headliner helped establish venues like Hysterix at the Randburg Waterfront, and ensured the success of large-scale events like the 5fm Comedy Jam. His presence on a Comedy Express bill ensures a packed house, and his routine is a highlight of the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival every year. In 1997, his two-hander with Shaun Griggs, Things To Do In Joburg When You Haven't Realised You're Dead, rocked full houses at the Liberty Theatre On The Square, Sandton, and in 1999 he delighted crowds at the Grahamstown Festival with Captain Chaos Returns.

With his gravelly, chain-smoking delivery and his habit of pouring undiluted vitriol on a vast array of targets, Mel literally rips brave club and corporate audiences apart. The faint-hearted and politically correct may bewail his brutal delivery, but at its heart lies the honesty of a latter-day Lenny Bruce. With no time for pretentions or pomposity, Mel Miller strips away euphemism and stupidity to tell it like it is, leaving his crowds helpless and hysterical as they realise nobody is safe and nothing is too serious to laugh at.

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Mojak began performing in 2009 at Cool Runnings Melville at the longest running comedy club in South Africa (better know as The Underground). His comedy could be regarded as observational with a knack for identifying the humour in even the most “dire” circumstances. His ability to adapt to diverse audiences has allowed him to perform at comedy clubs such as Parker’s Comedy & Jive, Ozone, The Globe Theatre, Bambatha Jazz Café, Blues Room and many more. 2010 saw the beginning of an eventful year in his comedy career, venturing into different comedy avenues with performances outside of his hometown (Johannesburg) with shows in Botswana, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

His style of comedy is always thought provoking and intelligent, with an analytical look at issues that people of all walks of life can relate to. His sense of humour, coupled with a strong work ethic should allow him to gradually progress as a comedian who has something relevant to say.

Mojak Lehoko

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In July 2009, Mpho entered a local television show entitled, “SO YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY”. Out of the 28 hopefuls that made it through, Mpho made it all the way to the finals and took second place. A great achievement for him considering that this was the first time he had ever done stand up comedy. This was to be a sign of great things and has shown the great potential of a great upcoming comic, destined to do well on the South African Comedy Circuit.

Mpho has subsequently filled various roles as a comedic performer, open spots, headlining, MC duties, given motivational talks, presented awards at schools and has even taught children about comedy and the industry.

Mpho was also involved in the Castle Milk Stout Advert, done various voice overs. He has also starred in a new local production called, “Hawkers Dream” where he played a character called Twin Plug and is currently involved in filming a show called “Black-Ass”.

Mpho has performed at various Comedy venues in SA. Namely:

  • OZONE
  • WISH
  • BANJELOS
  • GARDEN PUB
  • CAFÉ DE PARIS
  • EMPERORS PALACE (BLACKS ONLY)
  • SABC HALL (MAFIKENG)
  • MUNICIPAL HALL (WITBANK)
  • WELKOM (BLACKS ONLY)
  • WITS GREAT HALL
  • UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
  • DAVEYTON
  • CARNIVAL CITY
  • MONTE CASINO – PARKERS COMEDY CLUB
  • GOLD REEF CITY – THOUGH PARKERS
  • BLUES ROOM
  • CIVIC THEATRE
  • MARKET THEATRE
  • PRETORIA STATE THEATRE
  • MANHATTANS
  • VEREENIGING
  • COOL RUNNINGS
  • TWO TONE
  • TEMBISA
  • KO SFATENG
  • VARDOS
  • ZAMBEZI LOUNGE
  • BHAMBATA
  • VIVA LA BINGO CASINO
  • CAPPELLOS (GANDI SQUARE)
  • SANTAM OFFICES (AUCKLAND PARK)

 

Mpho "Popps" Modikoane

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Known for his trade mark hat, funky urban stylish look and brilliant impersonation of the Madiba Jive, Ndumiso Lindi is regarded as one of South Africa’s top black comedians. An entertainer with flair, Ndumiso delves into honest observations of everyday life in South Africa; the diversity of South African cultures; as well as the uniqueness of black people. Painting the nation from a young black man’s point of view, this talented man is well on his way to the top!

After moving to Cape Town from Zwelitsha a small township next to King William’s Town in Eastern Cape where he was born and raised, Ndumiso had never imagined that a national diploma in design at the Cape Technikon would be the start of a whole new creative world.

Inspired by his family and the likes of Eddie Murphy and Bill Cosby, his first big break came in 2004 during the Vodacom Comedy Campus Tour, where Ndumiso took his act to the stage for 3 minutes. It was these 3 minutes that got Ndumiso into the Comedy AllStars Collective, performing at a host of city venues, including the celebrated Independent Armchair Theatre in Cape Town. It was at this point that many could see the rising of this young talented comedian.

After regular successful performances on the local comedy circuit, Ndumiso won a trip to London as the Best Newcomer in the Red Bull Comedy AllStars Comedy Challenge. By now, flawless doors of opportunity were opening for Ndumiso as he continued to be unstoppable.

Ndumiso has toured South Africa performing stand-up in many well known and much loved comedy shows and festivals. Ndumiso has performed all over the country at the Barnyard Theatre Festival in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. He has shared the stage with local award winning comedy gurus such as: Kurt Schoonraad, Mel Miller, Riaad Moosa, Stuart Taylor, Dave Levinsohn, Cokey Falkow, Marc Lottering and David Kau.

Ndumiso has worked his way to becoming a recommended headliner. At the Blacks Only comedy festival in Johannesburg earlier this year, he received countless ovations and praise from the media. He went on to share the stage with the best in the business at the Heavyweights Comedy Jam, headling in both the Vodacom Comedy Campus tour and Vodacom Funny Festival. He has also made his mark in corporate events and has wowed the rock audience when he headlined the comedy section at the rock festival – Rocking the Daisies.

Knighting this man as talented would be but to say the least. Being the much loved rising comedian, there is no stopping this young man. He believes in putting his heart and mind into everything he loves doing the most. Clear the way because Ndumiso Lindi is about to take centre stage.

Ndumiso Lindi

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Nik Rabinowitz grew up on a farm outside Cape Town where he learnt to climb trees, make pots and speak Xhosa. After graduating from UCT with a Business Science Degree he travelled Southern Africa with a theatre company and a herd of donkeys. It’s no coincidence his stand-up comedy career began shortly thereafter, appearing on Comedy Showcase as renowned Zimbabwean donkey-rustler Jabulani Ndlovu.
Nik then shot to fame as the multilingual presenter of SABC 1’s Coca-Cola Mega Millions Game Show. His boundless energy coupled with an animated and fluent use of English, Xhosa and Afrikaans endeared this white farm boy to millions of South African television viewers.

His stand-up comedy did not take a backseat to his television career though, as his live performances have continued to feature in a number of local and international comedy festivals over the past few years. Recent appearances include storming the Cape Town International Comedy Festival and headlining the inaugural South African Comedy Awards for SABC 2.

Television audiences might also remember Nik as M-Web’s train-surfing lycra-bodysuit guy or as the guy persuading the tough female traffic cop to run into the post-office for his grandmother while he sat in his car double-parked on the road. Rabinowitz’s hilarious facial expressions and his trademark quirkiness have landed him roles in both local and international television commercials. His immense skill has also meant an awesome amount of travel across the African continent while performing for various organizations.

He’s produced and starred in three one-man shows: The Life and Times of Klasie Kakpraat; Anyone Seen my Goat? as well as the acclaimed One Man One Goat which took Johannesburg by storm in early 2008, playing to packed houses at The Civic Theatre. With an impressive grasp of multiple languages, and a passion for connecting people and cultures, Nik Rabinowitz is establishing himself as an outstanding and unique South African entertainer.

Nik Rabinowitz

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Proclaimed “one of the best value for money acts” by a Scotsman!

Paul Snodgrass is a ball of pent up energy, released on an unsuspecting audience in a non-stop barrage of snot spilling, sidesplitting laughter that does not cease until he leaves the stage.

New on Snoddy’s Corporate Smorgasbord:


Lessons from the Sports Stars.


What’s it like to face balls from Makhaya, or swim against Ryk, or head butt through a block of wood. Prying into the success secrets of sports stars and facing fear the Paul Snodgrass way … nuff said.

Paul’s Comedy History

Paul “Snoddie” Snodgrass started performing Comedy some 8 years ago at the Fresh Faces section of the Smirnoff International comedy Festival. The rest is history. 
He performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006, the largest arts festival in the world, and achieved a 4 star, and review in the Guardian "Headliner, Paul Snodgrass … one of the best value for money acts at the festival."
He was a founder member of the Cape Comedy Collective.
He was a resident host and comic at the Comedy Warehouse in Greenpoint.
He was a founder member of Comedyallstars in Cape Town
He’s a regular on Joburg and Durban comedy events and tours around the country.
He has performed and hosted festivals such as the Vodacom Funny Fest and The Old Mutual Fest in Cape Town, the "HA HA" Festival and the “Up ‘n under Festival” in Durban, the Greenspicer Varsity Tour and The Play 'n Ice Festival in Grahamstown.

Television and Video


Paul has a sports journalist background and has been a reporter and a producer for eTV sports news for 5 years, and was the side-kick on eTV’s “That Sport Show” for 3 years. As the funny sports guy, he faced bouncers from Makhaya Ntini, learned how to head butt through a block of wood and raced against Ryk Neethling (despite Paul’s flippers, Ryk won).

His in-depth knowledge of sport, coupled with his profile as a sports producer and television host, makes him the perfect MC for sporting events, golf days or any other sports related function.

His TV and video comedy achievements include SABC3's "Comedy Showcase", ETV's "Dead time” and SABC1's "Take five," eTV's "Citylife” and Jo Parker’s “Comedy Express” video.

Radio


“Snoddie” is the resident sport anchor and side-kick to host Lee Downs on Heart FM’s morning drive show, the 2nd highest rated morning radio show in Cape Town. Paul is also the FIXER on the show: Once a week he is tasked with making a listener’s day, from
getting a chef to pack a gourmet lunch, to getting an acapella singing group to sing “My Girl” to a nurse, no issue is too small.

Magazine


Paul is the “Extreme Golfer” in the new irreverent golf magazine “Golf Punk”, in which he takes on crazy projects, like putting golf balls underwater with sharks, playing golf out of a helicopter and hitting chips out the crocodile enclosure at Sun City.

Passion for Rock


Paul has worked for almost every major rock fest in SA bringing on bands from all over the world. His MC accomplishments include:

  • Three years as MC at “Rocking the Daisies.”
  • Four years MC at “Up the Creek.”
  • MC on the main stage at “Toast Fest” in London, which featured, among others, Arno Carstens, “Freshlyground”, “Just Jinger”, and “JacSharp”.
  • MC of choice to “The Dirty Skirts”, “Fokofpolisiekar”, “Hog Hoggidy Hog”, “The Rudimentals”, “Goldfish”, “Plush”, “JacSharp”,“Andy Lund and the Mission Men” and “The Shy Guevaras”
  • His MC commissions include international bands like punk masters “NOFX” and “Eagle-Eye Cherry”

The media crits:


“Incredibly funny” The Argus

“Unknown pretty boy, with funny bones” The Mail and Guardian

“One of SA’s top young acts” The Cape Review

“My favourite comedian at the Comedy Warehouse” Keano, from 567 Talk Radio

“Headliner, Paul Snodgrass … one of the best value for money acts at the festival” The Scotsman. Edinburgh Festival.

“Opening the second half was one of the most energetic and funny young performers I have ever seen” The Natal Mercury

“Side-splitting, snot spilling laughs” The SA Times in London.

“One of the best comedians in Cape Town” Len Ashton – The Sunday Independant

“Slick, energetic, wooing the audiences in Edinburgh” Globalbuzz.com

“ … had the crowds choking on their Savannahs” iafrica.com

“Paul killed, the students did not know what hit them, brilliant, exactly what these guys needed.” Tash Josephs – RAG, Rhodes University

“They just never stopped laughing and the MC Paul Snodgrass made sure that the show built to an incredible crescendo.” Candace Wilson – RAG, UCT

 

Paul Snodgrass

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Riaad Moosa

The Comedy Doctor

Short Bio

Riaad Moosa is one of South Africa’s most popular, award-winning and successful comedians; and happens to be a qualified medical doctor as well! On stage, he conquers new fans on an almost daily basis with sold-out one-man shows such as “Strictly Halaal” and most recently “Riaad Moosa For The Baracka”; both shows prompted extended runs, as well as special shows being created to accommodate the huge public demand. Both shows were also released on DVD. Riaad has appeared in various TV and film productions, such as “Laugh Out Loud” (SA’s largest standup comedy show in TV history); Riaad was also a writer and performer for SABC 1’s “Pure Monate Show” - which achieved cult status amongst South Africa’s urban youth; he starred in one of 2005’s highest grossing movies “Crazy Monkey – Straight Outta Benoni” as well. Apart from his solo work, Riaad also shared the limelight with fellow comedians Marc Lottering and Nik Rabinowitz, who starred with him in the hit variety comedy show “3 Wise Men”. Riaad’s standout standup comedy skills were recently included in the DVD for the successful “Blacks Only” comedy shows, along with other local comedians; and, he also featured in the Anant Singh/John Vlismas produced comedy-collective feature film “Outrageous”, which was released at cinemas nationwide towards the end of 2009 and is scheduled for DVD release in April 2010. Along with SA’s other top comedians - including Trevor Noah, David Kau, John Vlismas, Tumi Morake and Marc Lottering - Riaad was one of the headline acts supporting international superstar Eddie Izzard for the 46664 “It’s No Joke” concert in February 2010. Riaad has since become a regular presenter of a segment entitled “The Second Opinion – with Dr Riaad Moosa” on the E news channel’s satirical news programme “Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola.” In March 2011, Riaad was awarded the “Comics Choice Award” at the “1st Annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards.”

Moosa, one of the country’s most popular and acclaimed funnymen with a style all his own, is known as “the Comedy Doctor”, and he certainly seems to have the remedy for the nation’s ills at the moment: a healthy dose of laughter, straight up – hold the aspirin.

Full Bio

Riaad Moosa, a silver medallion graduate of the College of Magic in Cape Town, started his comedy career as a comedy magician. Regularly enchanting people with his special blend of magic and comedy, he was presented with the Comedy Magic Award at the Centre for the Magical Arts in Cape Town. He performed at many birthday parties where he was constantly tormented by uncles-who-think-they’re-funny asking him, “Hey, Mr. Magician, you gonna make my wife disappear?” That’s genius that…

Riaad, who is also a qualified medical doctor (yes, really), started doing standup comedy while still studying at the University of Cape Town Medical School. He was an instant hit, receiving rave reviews at his debut show. But then again, he failed his first chemistry test at UCT in Jameson Hall; he claims he was distracted by the birds…

Riaad started performing stand-up at the Cape Comedy Collective's free Comedy Lab workshops, and just two months later he was the winner of the hotly contested One City, Many Comics Talent Competition held as part of the One City Festival in September 1999. Since then, Riaad has mended his ways and does not endorse bribery anymore.

Being one of the first members of the Cape Comedy Collective, he became a regular headliner on the comedy circuit during his rookie year, where he was also invited to perform on Pieter Dirk Uys’s “Evita Live and Dangerous” etv comedy show.

Alongside comedians David Levinson and Paul Snodgrass, he performed to sold-out shows (basically, only the first show was sold out. OK, not really sold out. It was full on the opening night and they gave away a lot of comps) in his debut stand-up comedy theatre production “The Paracomics” at Artscape in Cape Town.

Riaad’s humour is based on his experiences as a young Muslim relating to post-911 Islamaphobia (sounds fun, doesn’t it?), growing up in Cape Town and general observational and opinion-based humour. Skirting around the relatively taboo topics with charm and ease, this comedy doctor will split your sides and keep you in stitches at the same time.

Now, a regular headliner on comedy circuits all over South Africa, Riaad is also a sought-after act for bigger productions. He has starred in Alex Jay’s 5FM Comedy Jams and Real Concert’s Winston King Size Comedy shows, as well as headlining the Sprite Soul Comedy Jams in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

He supported Marc Curry of “Hanging with Mr. Cooper” fame, rocking the crowd at the Durban Playhouse in 2001. In 2002, he supported Russel Peters in his show “Made in India” at the Luxurama Theatre where he received excellent reviews from his parents and critics alike.

In 2002, Riaad was part of the largest stand-up show in the history of South African television “Laugh out Loud”, where he joined nine of SA’s top comics to raise half a million Rand (about $5) for the Reach for a Dream foundation.

In 2003, Riaad performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, headlining in the “Cape Comedy Collective -The new South Africa stands up” production. During his month at the festival he performed with the top comedians on the planet (OK, not ‘with’ – he performed relatively ‘near’ them. The top guys were in one theatre and Riaad was in another – close to the toilet), displaying his special brand of South African humour on a world stage.

In 2004, he was a writer and performer for SABC 1’s “Pure Monate Show”, which achieved cult status amongst South Africa’s urban youth. Riaad also featured in the “Crazy Monkey – Straight Outta Benoni” movie – one of the biggest grossing SA movies for 2005 (he had one line in the movie – impressive).

In September 2006 Riaad Moosa performed his first one-man show “Strictly Halaal” at the Nelson Mandela Civic Theatre. The run was sold out a week before it started and 5 extra shows over one weekend were added to meet the huge public demand. In November 2006, he continued the tour in Durban at the International Convention Centre; and, in March 2007 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre packing both houses to capacity and adding on extra shows.

He repeated the run in Johannesburg in May 2007 and produced a DVD of the show. There was a DVD out already, but he didn’t make it…a lot of Indians come to his show and they all have cell phone cameras. Riaad did a show in Durban once – after the show, there were already bootleg DVD’s of his show available in the foyer!

In 2008 Riaad appeared alongside Marc Lottering and Nik Rabinowitz in the hit variety comedy show “3 Wise Men.” The show was directed by David Kramer and was one of the fastest selling shows in 2008.

“For The Baracka” hit The Fringe at The Jo’burg Theatre (formerly the Civic Theatre) in July 2009, all playing to record-breaking sold-out audiences, even prompting Riaad to add additional dates and showtimes to accommodate the overwhelming public demand. South African Muslim comedian Halal Bilal was Riaad’s support act for the show; Halal started performing with Moosa in 2007, when they did the “Make Love Not War” show along with the American Muslim comedy troupe, Allah Made Me Funny.

The adventures and misadventures, the pitfalls and pratfalls, of child-rearing in a changing geopolitical landscape form the theme of “Riaad Moosa For The Baracka”. In the show, Moosa grapples with raising his son in a world that appears to be on the brink of disaster – and that’s not even counting the domestic woes of sleep deprivation, psychological torture and marital strife. But, in the end, he ponders whether it’s all maybe just a blessing in disguise, a ‘baracka’ of sorts (baracka: the Arabic word for a blessing or gift in Muslim culture).

Fans and new audiences alike just couldn’t get enough of the show, which led to “Riaad Moosa for the Baracka” being extended for a grand finale in the main Nelson Mandela Theatre at the Jo’burg Theatre. Tickets for this show sold out within 30 minutes of tickets going on sale. This “extravaganza” which closed the show’s run at the theatre was filmed and is now for sale on DVD at shops everywhere.

Riaad’s standout standup comedy skills were also recently included in the DVD for the successful “Blacks Only” comedy shows, and he also featured in the Anant Singh/John Vlismas produced comedy-collective feature film “Outrageous”, which was released at cinemas nationwide in 2009 and is scheduled for DVD release in April 2010.

Along with SA’s top comedians - including Trevor Noah, David Kau, John Vlismas, Tumi Morake and Marc Lottering - Riaad was one of the headline acts supporting international superstar Eddie Izzard for the 46664 “It’s No Joke” concert in February 2010. This event raised funds for the ongoing work done by charities that fall under the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Riaad has since become a regular presenter of “The Second Opinion – with Dr Riaad Moosa” on the E news channel’s satirical news programme “Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola.”

In March 2011, Riaad was awarded the “Comics Choice Award” at the “1st Annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards.”

Moosa, one of the country’s most popular and acclaimed funnymen with a style all his own, is known as “the Comedy Doctor”, and he certainly seems to have the remedy for the nation’s ills at the moment: a healthy dose of laughter, straight up – hold the aspirin.

It is important to note that Riaad still gives good medical advice – advice that will save your life. Go see another doctor – he can’t remember buggerall. Riaad’s opinion is: get a second one! He has decided to give his full attention to his first love: Comedy.
OK, his ‘second love’ – his first love is his wife Fuz (disclaimer: she didn’t make him write this!)

What the critics had to say about Riaad’s last sold-out
solo performance, “Riaad Moosa For The Baracka”

“The man sure is funny, even on repeat...” - Helen Herimbi, The Star Tonight

“Clean cut comedy show also uplifts society.” - Sibusiso Mkwanazi, The Citizen

“Byderwetse humor, Moosa se respek” - Marzanne Van Den Berg, Beeld Plus

“Baraka... just what the doctor ordered” - Atiyyah Khan, Pretoria News

“Yes He Can” - Citizen, Citi Vibe

Riaad Moosa

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This legendary theatre director / producer / playwright / actor extraordinaire is one of South Africa’s most celebrated talents and his unlimited performance capacity is an incredible contribution to our world of entertainment.

Having a formidable background in multiple disciplines has given Rob the ability to captivate audiences far and wide. From his extensive theatre career (he took a record-breaking 13 shows to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2008), to his ever-popular television personality including roles such as the hilarious “Twakkie” in The Most Amazing Show on SABC2 (also co-written and produced by Rob), and the unforgettable co-host of Crazy Games.

Rob has been plying his trade as a relentless and ruthlessly funny stand-up comic and MC. His advantaged experience equips him as one of SA’s most sought after corporate entertainers and master of ceremonies – he recently had the unique honor of performing for Madiba at his 90th birthday bash in his hometown of Qunu.

His latest live comedy offering Rob van Vuuren is Rob van Vuuren was nominated for the best one-man show at the 2008 South African Comedy Awards, and won the Nando’s Best Comic Performance by an Actor at Grahamstown 2008.

Rob’s most recent accolade is a record-breaking win of the hugely popular TV show Strictly Come Dancing with the esteemed show dance professional Mary Martin. Now the reigning SA Champions present a stellar behind-the-scenes account of their rise to the top. Join this hilarious and touching journey of how Rob learnt to love dancing, how Mary learnt to cope with a comedian in high-heel dancing shoes, and how together they conquered the hearts of South African TV audiences – and the dance floor!

 

Rob van Vuuren

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Robby started in the theatre performing at the Catalina Theatre in 2006. His first play was "Wherez It @" a youth comedy drama. From there he stared in "Taxi Jam" a musical protest comedy drama. In the beginning of 2007 he sat down with his sister and began writing the script for "Rush-In-Ru-let" a comedy drama set in an apartment building in Point Road Durban. In 2008 he got back in to acting with the 1980's production "Sophiatown" which was successful. Since last year July Robby has been doing Stand-up Comedy in and around Durban winning the ThunderHead New Act of the Year Award, 2008. In 2009 he began traveling around South Africa doing the comedy club circuit and being noticed by the big names in the business. Marc Lottering soon asked him to open for him in Port Elizabeth and after that came the opportunity to open for Cokey Folkow and John Vlismas in Durban. In June he performed at the 99% Zulu Comedy Show at the ICC and the 99% Xhosa Comedy Show in Port Elizabeth. In July he performed at the Tshwane Comedy festival.

Robby is an ever growing performer using his own life experiences to draw from and turn into side splitting humour.

Robby Collins

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In less than four years, Roni Modimola has become South African comedy’s rising star to watch. He’s a regular act on the Comedy Express circuit, and works continually around the country, from Pietersburg to Greenpoint. Roni’s been seen on TV in Phat Joe Live, the Comedy Express Video, and Comedy Showcase, and was included on the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival bill in October 2000.

Also in demand for corporate work, he’s established himself as a performer who can be relied on to win over the trickiest crowd. His quiet charm and self-effacing giggle are irresistible, yielding shouts of laughter whether he’s taking a stab at the Johannesburg crime rate or overturning some cherished racial stereotype.

But this energetic young talent is far too good to coast along on predictable material, so there’s a lot more to his comedy than mere “black man in a white world” musings. Undaunted by working in his second language, his shows are littered with philosophical musings, silly word-plays and good old-fashioned gags that leave the crowd whooping for more. And more is what Roni Modimola delivers, with a journey through his uniquely funny world that crosses all kinds of cultural frontiers…

Roni Modimolo

 

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NATIONALITY: South African
LANGUAGES: Xhosa, English, Afrikaans


TRAINING: -

  • Speech and Drama (7 years)
  • Theatre Craft (8 years)
  • Accepted to New York Film Academy (will go in future)
  • Jazzart Dance Company
  • Singing – Waterfront Theatre School

WORK EXPERIENCE: -

Films:-

  • “Cape of Good Hope” (1998)
  • “After the Rain” (1999)
  • “Love in Africa” (2001)
  • “Zenon” (2003)
  • “World Unseen” (2007)
  • :Schweitzer”(2009)
  • “Laduma” (2009)
  • “Amequekquekra (2009)
  • “Invictus” (2010)
  • “Ship Wreck Mutiny””(2010)
  • “Natalie in South Africa”(2010)

Television:-

  • “Sinbad” (1996)
  • “Double Shift” (1997)
  • “Interrogation Room” (2005)
  • “24” (2008) – Opposite Kiefer Sutherland
  • “ Khululeka”, SABC 1 Drama series (2008- 2009)
  • “ League of Glory” Currently on MNET (2010)
  • “Outcasts” BBC (2010)
  • “Stokvell (2010)

Radio:-

  • KFM Radio training DJ

Theatre:-

  • “Sizwe Banzi is Dead”. School and Festivals. (2000)
  • “The Island”. School and Festivals. (2001)
  • “Grease”. School. (2002)
  • “Singing in the Rain”. School. (2003)
  • “Macbeth” (African Version). School and Festivals. (2004)
  • 7 One Act Plays. School and Competitions. (2000 – 2004)
  • “Sex and the Citi Golf”. National Arts Festival – Grahamstown (2007)
  • “Star Wors”. National Arts Festival – Grahamstown (2007)
  • “Off Your Trolley”. Presented by Morello Studios Playgroup (2008)
  • “Fugard monologues “ London Theatres (2009)
  • “Dekaf” National Arts Festival – Grahamstown (2009) On Broadway (2010)

AWARDS:-

  • Les Misrables – Best New Comer
  • Special Perfo0rmance Cup 2002 – 2004
  • Contribution to
  • Drama
  • Best Actor 2001 – 2004
  • Best Hip Hop Performance
  • Best comedy new comer
  • Best Comedy performance Café Sofia
  • Best Comedy show National Arts festival 2010
  • Golden Ovation Award National Arts festival 2010

Commercials:

  • List available on request.

Skills/ Interests:

  • Hip Hop Dancing
  • Singing
  • Rugby
  • Water Polo
  • Karate
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • American Football
  • Stand up comedy
  • MCing
  • Long and Short Distance Running
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SIYA B

Siyabonga Brian Radebe aka “Siya B” is now widely recognized for his successes on both the small and the screen but unbeknown to most, this multi-talented entertainer has also been taking the comedy world by storm.

Siya B started comedy in Durban at the Durban University of Technology, where he got his education in the Dramatic Arts. He went on to make huge strides with his acting career but his first love stand up comedy continued to grow and develop in the background. He continued to hone his comedy craft over the years and until now he can be found wowing audiences with his unique character driven comedy style.

As mentioned previously Siya B has made more of an impact in the world of television and film to date but this success is certainly starting to spill over into his comedy career. On the small screen, he has held down lead roles in television shows such as SABC 1’s “A Place Called Home” and “Home Affairs” and more famously on ETV’s prime time soapie Rhythm City. His talent has also seen him get numerous theatre acting roles as well as movie appearances of which his role in Hollywood blockbuster “District 9” earned him the most rave reviews. As if this doesn’t underline the multiple levels of talent this performer has, he his a great singer musician who sometimes incorporates this into his tv and movie roles as well as comedy performances. He also has a fully fledged album in the pipeline – a tremendous talent.
The passion and dedication he has exemplified in his growth as an actor is the same level of commitment he applies to his comedy. In addition, his acting background allows him to dramatize his material in manner most comedians can only envy. His storytelling is not only well narrated and acted but is captivating as a result.

He has performed at many different comedy clubs in the country, such as the Blues Room in Sandton, the Sun Coast in Durban, Morula Sun in Mabopane, Cool Runnings in Melville, Bambata in Centurion Mall amongst others. He has also been invited at comedy festivals- such as the Just Because Comedy Festival, DSTV Macufe Comedy Festival, Tshwane Comedy Festival, 99% Zulu Comedy Festival, Soweto Comedy Festival, Opening Guys and many more.

When this multi talented performer was asked which of his various areas of endeavor in the entertainment industry he enjoys the most, his response was, “definitely comedy!” “Reason being that the comedy stage is the only stage that allows me to full express myself and utilize all the abilities I have.” Siya B is certainly a name that is making waves in the comedy industry and with this prodigiously gifted entertainer rising up the ranks in the comedy hierarchy of the country’s comedy talent – is definitely a name here to stay and one worth remembering!

SiyaBee

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A regular face on SOUTH AFRICAN television and stages, this 41-year old multi-talented, award-winning ACTOR, DIRECTOR, COMEDIAN, PLAYWRIGHT, COLUMNIST and PRESENTER on RADIO and TELEVISION has been a feature of the Media and Arts- and- Entertainment Industry for more than 20 years .He has performed in all the major Theatre Centres in South Africa, and internationally he has worked in the UK and the USA, SWEDEN and on a variety of occassions THE NETHERLANDS as well as in neighbouring SWAZILAND and NAMIBIA.

He is the currently the 'golden-tongued' presenter of Mnet and Kyknet's very popular celebrity show LIRIEKERAAI , and hosts the game-show VAT 'N KANS. Previous outings for Mnet include presenting - on location- a TRAVEL PROGRAM on the Eastern Cape, field reporting for the magazine program FRONT ROW and hamming it up for their comedy shows LAGNET and FUNNY COUNTRY.

On the SABC screens he has appeared in a multitude of guises, including starring in OFF THE RECORD - a series satirising election politics, acting in the multi- lingual drama series REFLECTIONS,playing Strepies the zebra in the educational series BOSPRAATJIES and the deliciously vacant tortoise Timothy Traddle on KIDEO.

He did a two-year, daily stint for Capetalk Radio presenting his talkshow AIRBORNE, after his very succesful start with Punt Geselsradio on his Afrikaans show GORRELPUNT. For the SABC he did a Saturday morning Show on RSG and the comic characters FANIE for METRO FM and ROSIE for AMLive.

He has been nominated for numerous awards and has on occasion received a BEST ACTOR , BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR , and a LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION TO THE ARTS awards. Some of his self-penned works include: WOESKROES, his one-man post-democracy reality check that he is currently reworking into a movie script.

The hysterically funny TAKE TWO, his vechile for the wicked, sharp-tongued comic creation, ROSIE SEPTEMBER, the maid with the most.

THE HEPPIE HAWKER - DC DIAMOND and his stories of love, life and everything else on the Cape Flats, with which he also toured abroad.

Soli has performed in a range of Theatrical productions from Shakespeare (COMEDY OF ERRORS/ ROMEO AND JULIET/HAMLET) to GENET (THE BLACKS) to BECKETT (WAITING FOR GODOT) to the work of SA playwrights like PIETER-DIRK UYS, ROBERT KIRBY and ANDRE P. BRINK ( JUST LIKE HOME/ WRONG TIME OF YEAR/ KINKELS INNIE KABEL) to work about the Cape's History (DISTRICT SIX-THE MUSICAL/ BUCKINGHAM PALACE,DISTRICT SIX/ POLITICAL JOKE

He has directed a number of diverse productions (ARACHNID/PAS DE DEUX/BOERLESQUE) and has made regular forays into children's theatre (THE RAIN QUEEN/JACK AND THE BEANSTALK/SONGS AND TALES FROM AFRICA) as well as a number of film appearances (KAALGAT TUSSEN DIE DAISIES/PRINS VAN PRETORIA/ROAD TO MECCA).

Corporate Employment saw him performing for more than FORTY COMPANIES and ORGANISATIONS in 2001 alone as either master-of-ceremonies, motivational speaker or celebrity entertainer including hosting the MISS NAMIBIA BEAUTY PAGAENT, HUISGENOOT SKOUSPEL 2001, THE WESTERN CAPE ANTI-RACISM CONFERENCE, THE SACP 80TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER and THE NTVA STONE AWARDS.Last year he was also the featured celebrity for the Lewis Client Awards evenings and presented an AIDS Management video for PICK 'N PAY.

He does voice-over work for radio and advertising, was a regular contributor to the BEELD column KOPSTUKKE, wrote a front-page column SOLI'S CORNER for THE ARGUS, and with his wife and manager TONI is PATRON of THE FRIENDS OF THE RED CROSS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.

 

Soli Philander

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Comedian, Magician and TV personality

Stuart Taylor is probably best known to South Africans as the presenter of SABC 3’s hit travel show, Going Nowhere Slowly. But when this Stellenbosch University science graduate is not in front of the camera with mud-powdered face and wind-styled hair, Taylor is enchanting local and international audiences with his headline, stand-up comedy shows. 

Taylor’s delightful potion of enigmatic entertainment has mesmerised audiences from theatres to boardrooms across South Africa, performing for many of the country’s top companies.

Taylor’s uncanny ability to cast spells of unbridled laughter on virtually any audience, earned him the adoration of critics and fans for his performances at the Pleasace Dome at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Berlin International Comedy Festival   and his sold-out 1-man comedy theatre productions throughout South Africa.

His most recent theatre production “Learner Husband” has played to critical acclaim across the country from the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg as well as successful runs at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and at Montecasino’s main theatre. His new show has built on the success of his previous 1-man show “Techni-Coloured” which had scooped some amazing reviews and awards, winning the prestigious Overall Best Comedy award at the National Arts Festival and the Show Time award for the best solo performance. 

Critics describe his work as, “Classy style, laid back super professional presentation” - Cape Times,

“…great observations from a new perspective” - Cape Argus,

“Skreeu Snaaks!” – Die Burger,

“Entertainment with a capital E” – Cape Argus

“Taylor Made for Laughs” – The Star.

“Be warned, you will not leave the theatre the same way that you entered… you will be hurting of all the laughing” - Citizen Metro.

 & “Un-missable” Sunday Times

 This multi-talented performer is available for corporate event bookings, both as an entertaining Master of Ceremonies and for samples of a charming potion of comedy and magic. 

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Like many comedians who have gone on to become household names in this country, Mo has a humble township upbringing, mixed with a Model C education, the conflict of which has made him a very interesting comic. His material mainly comprises of stories of his childhood as well as encapsulates the absurdities that come with living in modern day South Africa.

Tol A$$ Mo has made a huge impact on the local comedy industry, holding his own amongst some of the countries best in a growing list of performances and appearances.

He has been featured on shows such as The Homecoming Comedy Tour, the Aromat Comedy Tour, The Just Because Comedy Festival, the Tshwane Comedy Festival and many others. He has done interviews on 5FM, 3 Talk, Khaya fm, Metro fm, Yfm and many more.

He is unquestionably a rising star in the ranks. Accompanied by a youthful and charming exuberance as well as a fresh and unique perspective to his comedy repertoire, it’s hard to imagine Mo not becoming
a bona fide comedy heavyweight in the future.

Tol A$$ Mo has become one of South Africa’s well known comedians within a short space of time. He was nominated in the “Best Newcomer” category at the first Comic Choice Awards 2011.

Over the past four years Mo has taken part in several public comedy shows as well as corporate performances. He is also not a stranger to South African television. His involvements include the following…

Live Performances:

The Triple O Comedy Show at Bassline, LNN Comedy Show Live at Lyric, Theatre Gold Reef City, Metro FM Comedy Experience Comedy Show, Blacks Only, Heavy Weights Comedy Jam, Opening Act for Loyiso Gola’s One Man Show, DSTV Comedy Circuit, Macufe Comedy Festival, Opening Guys Lice at the Lyric Theatre Gold Reef City.

Television

Opening Guys Documentary (Mzansi Magic), Mo News on LOL Show (Mzansi Magic), Walala Wasala (SABC 1 Educational Programme), Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola (e tv), Face of Mzansi Magic Movies, Just because 2-­‐ the DVD, Triple O Comedy Jam-­‐ the movie, Material-­‐ the movie and currently shooting a comedy movie wriben by Kagiso Lediga called Blitz patrol.

Above all Tol A$$ Mo is all about comedy and high end street fashion, as he always says "please snap your fingers and give me some Flava!"

Tall A$$ Mo

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Stand-up comedian Trevor Gumbi is host, head writer & voice-over artist of Mzansi Magic's Headline, which is a glamorous magazine show that brings viewers closer to celebrities in South Africa. Trevor Gumbi also writes and stars in SABC 1's sitcomSes'top la a spin-off of the hugely successful City Ses'la & hostedMzansi Magic's travel show Msawawa True South with Trevor Gumbi.
Trevor Gumbi starred in the John Barker film 31 Million Reasons. Trevor Gumbi has recently been voted one of South Africa’s Twitter Kings, by Cosmopolitan magazine readers, Jan 2011 issue available 15 Dec 2010.

Trevor Gumbi is widely recognisable as the character he plays inVodacom's Brother Ubuntu Freedom ads & the voice of the foul in Hippo insurance ad campaign and was a senior script writer onSABC 3's political satire talk show Last say on Sunday.

Trevor Gumbi's underlying charm offsets his assertive energy on stage, as he brings to the fore some politically uncomfortable issues and delivers them with hilarity. With John Vlismas, he co-hosted a multi-day conference for Nando's in later 2005 and performed for a large internal launch for McDonalds in 2006. 2006 saw him as a performer in the FNB Life start campus road show, travelling to tertiary campuses countrywide.

While outspoken and sometimes controversial, Trevor Gumbi is a firm favourite in the corporate market, where he can be found entertaining executives and their staff with tailored material, proving that he has the ability to adapt rapidly and appropriately for diverse audiences. Trevor Gumbi has had people laughing atseveral major comedy events in the country, including performing at Kings & Queens of comedy, Oppikoppi, Rocking the daisies, Kingsize comedy jams, Blacks Only, Laugh out Loud,Arts Alive comedy festival and many, many more.

He has voice over experience on ETV's animated series, Jozi Zoo, can be heard doing skits on 5fm as The black guy at a braai and enjoyed success staring on his TV skit show for the Vodacom Super 14 rugby season as Offside Vilakazi on The desk with Offside Vilakazi and was seen weekly on SABC 1 celebrity entertainment show The Real Goboza.

Trevor Gumbi

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The young and vibrant Trevor Noah started his career in the entertainment industry on the popular local soapie “Isidingo” and soon thereafter hosted an educational show on SABC2 for two years. While still on TV, Trevor started hosting his own radio show “Noah’s Ark” on Gauteng radio Station “Yfm”. Moving into the world of comedy, Trevor quickly amassed respect as a comedian and performs at many of the comedy shows around the country including “Blacks Only”, “State Of The Nation” and the “Vodacom Campus Comedy Tour”. Performing at countless clubs around the country, Trevor also Mc’s at Dacqs Café in Pretoria and Rhazoos at Morula Casino. Trevor performs at numerous company functions either as a comic or an MC. His impersonations and acting skills are complimented by the fact that he understands and speaks 6 South African languages. An all-round performer and an immensely talented young man, Trevor Noah is a must see!

Corporate clients include:

  • Department of Home Affairs
  • First National Bank
  • SAB
  • SA Institute of Welding
  • Stihl
  • Auto & General
  • Nedbank
  • ABSA
  • Anglo American
  • Transman
  • BMW
  • Vodacom
  • Standard Bank
  • Microsep
  • Dauphin
  • Volkswagen
  • Sun City
Trevor Noah - BASED IN USA

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Tshepo Mogale started doing stand up comedy in 1999 in Cape Town. His first show was at a comedy competition at a venue called Hobnobs, where let’s just say he wasn’t welcome there anymore. At about the same time that he started his comedy career was the same time that the Cape Comedy Collective was created, which was a collective of about 25 comics who some are very big around the country now. So he performed all around Cape Town performing in classy and dingy venues with the home base being the Cape Comedy Club namely the Armchair Theatre in Observatory.

Tshepo then joined the CCC on a very successful Varsities tour in late 2000, which was a tour of all major universities in South Africa. The whole time as this was going on he was fully employed as a semi computer geek for an Internet company in Cape Town. While doing all of this he did television adverts for various brands including Smirnoff and also radio voice overs.

In 2000 Tshepo decided to move to Joburg to broaden his comedy horizons and also to work in a financial services company. He immediately got onto the Joburg circuit and became a hit in the popular Joe Parker Comedy Express circuit. Performing in Joburg gave Tshepo a wider range of exposure, which resulted in him doing many stints on television doing stand up and various acting gigs, where he featured on the highly acclaimed Parker Comedy express dvd, which was released in 2001. All this was done while the brother was pushing a full time job. Tshepo then started to more and more shows outside of Johannesburg in places like Durban, Bloemfontein, Vereeneging etc. which grew his exposure and popularity amongst the South African public. In 2002 Tshepo was invited to perform at the first all black comedy festival, the Smirnoff Comedy Blackout which featured some international acts from the U.S. While balancing his day job at a bank and doing stand up. Towards the end of 2002 Tshepo was again selected perform at the biggest comedy event in South Africa the Laugh out Loud to an audience of more than 7000 people.

At this time Tshepo also partook in the Sprite Soul Comedy tour which took comedy to many South African small towns namely Kimberly, Bloemfontein, Pietersburg Nelspruit etc. This was also with a lot of corporate events in between. Tshepo went to on to write some literature which got published in the popular Urban writers series. Tshepo then went on to open for Barry Hilton at some of his theatre shows and some of his corporate events. Tshepo was invited to be one of the South African representative at the prestigious Smirnoff Comedy Festival which is the second biggest comedy event in the Southern hemisphere.
Within a month of returning from the comedy festival he was invited to perform in the second comedy Blackout which featured top comedy acts from the United States and South Africa including David Kau and Kagiso Lediga. With all this happening Tshepo has become a writer for the Pure Monate Show which is arguably the most popular show on television amongst black youths. Tshepo has also worked as a master of ceremonies for corporate clients all around South Africa and various festivals. He also did crowd warm ups and emceeing at the All Africa Kora Awards which resulted in him sharing the stage with many of the continents top artists and some international superstars including Kofi Olo Mode Angie Stone and Ludacris amongst others.

Tshepo went on to kwaito comedy musical CD under the alias Spykos which went to sell in excess of 25 000 copies. Spykos went on to perform at many different venues from Cape Town to Venda to Polokwane to Zimbabwe to Swaziland in many places where he has shred the stage with the biggest musical acts in South Africa from including Zola, Malaika, Pitch Black Afro and many more. Spykos went on the charts and made it to number in many southern African countries including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia and Angola. With the popularity of Spykos and Tshepos talent as a comedian it makes him have the ability to perform to the most sophisticated of audiences to the bluest of the blue collar audiences.

In mid 2005 Tshepo was invited as a writer and performer to appear on the MNET show Laugh out Loud with Jeremy Mansfield and Darren Simpson doing pranks on celebrities and the public. Since then Tshepo has appeared and written on a number of television shows including, Kompleks on SABC 2, the Calling on SABC 1, Font and sons on SABC 3 and was a writer on the controversial The Coconuts. Tshepo went on to host a motorsport show on Supersport 2 called Overdrive amongst performing stand up and his writing commitments. Tshepo also produced the highly acclaimed Tshwane comedy festival which had sold out audiences. If you need more info google Tshepo Mogale.

Venues where Tshepo would have performed:

Comedy Clubs:

Cape Town

Armchair theatre (Cape Comedy Club)
Dirty Dicks
Comedy Warehouse
Café Camissa
Hobnobs
Billy the bums

Johannesburg

Hurricanes
Comedy Underground
Horror Café
Bundu Inn
The Carnival
Tanz Café
Mansfield’s
88
Tony’s

Durban

Cloud Nine
Bat Centre

Casinos

Grandwest Casino
Carnival City
The Carousel
Caesars Palace (now Emperors Palace)
Royal Swazi Sun
WindMill (Bloemfontein)
Flamingo (Kimberly)
Meropa (Polokwane)

Comedy Festivals

Comedy Blackout 2003
Comedy Blackout 2004
Smirnoff International Festival
Up Yours Comedy Festival

Corporate Clients

Investec
Nedbank
Eskom
Unilever
Delloite and Touche
NBC
The Pavilion Awards (In Durban)
NPA (National Prosecuting Authority)
The Free State government
Seafari Ocean events
Standard bank
Interroll

Compering credits

NBC
NPA
Seamless Productions
The City of Cape Town
The Free State youth Awards
Comedy Underground
Best Medicine Comedy festival
Tshwane comedy festival

TV credits

Pure Monate Show – writer, actor
The Phat Joe show – actor
Laugh out Loud – writer actor
Kompleks 2 – writer
The Coconuts - writer
Wesbank Overdrive - presenter

 

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Tshepo Mogale

Tumi Morake

Tumi Morake is from the Free State, grew up in North West and is now based in Gauteng. She studied Drama at Wits University in 2000 to 2003. She majored in performance and writing, focusing on the comedy. Always out to learn more, her career has seen her travelling to Prague, Paris and London.

Her comedy acting began in the student production of Shakespeare’s 12th Night were she played Feste, the clown. She’s worked on a number of theatre productions in lead roles, such as Another Child and 1\4 Life Crisis (both at the Grahamstown Arts Fest’), Maru at the Windybrow theatre, and Is this Africa, which was presented at the FNB Dance Umbrella and the African Dance Festival in Paris in 2006. She now works mainly in Industrial and educational theatre projects, among other things.

New to the stand up comedy scene, Tumi’s first stand up performance was scripted material for corporate events. She later went on to perform at the Rotaract charity event Best Medicine in the 2003 and 2004. She has since been booked for regular spots at different club venues around Gauteng. Big comedy events include Have A Heart for Child Welfare, Woodstock 2006, Arts Alive (2006 and 2007), Women In Arts (2007), Tshwane Comedy Festival, Just Bcoz Comedy fest, King Size Comedy and Blacks Only (Real Concerts). Tumi’s comedy has been described as in your face and slightly provocative. But she’s funny, isn’t that the whole point?

One of the highlights of 2011 was when she was asked to perform at the Inaugural Comics Choice Awards, which took place at The Teatro in January 2011.

Her acting and writing career have now been heavily steered away from theatre and into television. TV credits include the support role of Pabi in Soul Buddies, SABC1, and the lead Millicent in Izoso Connection, SABC1. She is also credited as a writer in Izoso Connection. She’s also had cameo appearances in the flagship shows Justice For All, Nomzamo and City Ses’la. She is also among the team of writers for Nomzamo, an SABC sitcom going into its second season this year, and For Sale, a comedy drama on SABC3 in 2007. Also winning the Multichoice Vuka!Award for writing in the 30-second short film category in 2006.

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