Jeff Ross joins SA Comedy Central Festival

The talent line-up at the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival brought to you by Savanna Premium Cider, Africa’s biggest comedy festival, just got even bigger as more stunning comedians and comedy gigs are added to the star-studded bill taking place between 26 November – 5 December.

Comedy greats joining the Festival include funnyman David Kau – who joins the Best of Africa Gala alongside Churchill, Basketmouth, Carl Joshua Ncube and Salvado (17:00 CAT, Saturday 5 December, The Globe).

Marc Lottering and Darren Simpson join the line-up for the International Gala, sharing the stage with previously announced comedy legends Aries Spears and Hannibal Buress (20:00 CAT, Saturday 5 December, The Globe).

Musical prankster Deep Fried Man and Mo Mothebe join Simmi Areff for some raw and unfettered stand-up at the Late Night Comedy Show (Friday 4 December, 23:00 CAT, Parker’s Comedy & Jive).

Hannes Brümmer and Melt Sieberhagen add their own lekker brand of wit and wisdom to The Afrikaans Show alongside Schalk Bezuidenhout and Casper de Vries (20:00 CAT, Saturday 5 December, Parker’s Comedy & Jive). Schalk Bezuidenhout also makes an appearance at the Late Night Comedy Show later the same night alongside Yaaseen Barnes and Robby Collins (23:30 CAT, Saturday 5 December, Parker’s Comedy & Jive).

Skhumba Hlophe and Smowkey Mwembe add their dulcet tones to the comedians populating The Vernac Show, alongside Celeste Ntuli and Jay Boogie (20:00 CAT, Saturday 5 December, The Comedy Cube).

New additions to the Festival programme include a Comedy and Magic special in which Ebenezer Kibakwane and Mo Magic will conjure up the laughs out of incredible magic tricks and sleights of hand (20:00 CAT, Friday 4 December, The Comedy Cube).

In his second appearance at the Festival, Darren Simpson hosts a royally entertaining edition of long-running comedy franchise Kings and Queens of Comedy, as SA comedy blubloods Eugene Khoza, Nina Hastie and Tracy Klaas hold court at Parker’s Comedy & Jive (21:00 CAT, Friday 4 December).

More up and coming talent, in the shape of Khanyisa Bunu joins the cast of The Future alongside Mojak Lehoko, Snooze, Prins and Gavin Kelly (22:30 CAT, Saturday 5 December, The Comedy Cube).

Other comedians performing at The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival include Trevor Noah, Tats Nkonzo, Jeff Ross, Chris Forrest, Trevor Gumbi, Goliath & Goliath, Dillan Oliphant, John Vlismas, Cape Town Comedy Club featuring Kurt Schoonraad, Martin Evans, Lungelo Ndlovu, Devin Gray, Trevor Gumbi, Richelieu Beaunoir, Nina Hastie, Griffy 2Trillion and Mpho Popps.

Funny, fearless and original, The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival is an annual comedy extravaganza designed to bring smiles to the faces of South African comedy fans, bringing African and international comedy stars together under one roof for an hilarious, world-class celebration of comedy genius. See overleaf for full Festival schedule to date.

Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “With a schedule of 18 separate events and more than 60 comedians from all over the world, The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival has set the stage for a truly memorable Festival and comedy experience.”

Added Festival Creative Director Ryan Harduth, “Having worked on the biggest comedy productions in SA over the last 10 years, I can honestly say this is the biggest comedy undertaking Africa has ever seen. We’re not here for entertainment only, there are great stories to be told about local talent being empowered to produce their own shows, to a show dedicated to the future of the comedy industry, and some amazing charity work too!”

Savanna likes to go big or go home and this gigantic line-up of international and local superstars of comedy certainly fits the bill. To have our local stand-up heroes on the same stage as these blockbuster international headline acts is big news for us as a brand with our signature take on intelligent humour. We are keen to see what our South African audiences will make of the squad of maverick comedians from Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe,” says Marcel Swain, Savanna SA Marketing Manager.

Tickets for The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival are on sale now at Computicket from priced from R120 to R650.

The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival Brought to you by Savanna Premium Cider is executive produced by Comedy Central (Africa) in association with Creative Director and renowned South African comedy producer and entrepreneur Ryan Harduth.

For more information about The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival, please go to www.comedycentralafrica.com

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