2nd Annual Jozi International Comedy Festival
The second annual Jozi International Comedy Festival will be taking place at the end of August featuring a diverse line-up of 7 big hitters….Go Go Go…
Last year, HuntaLive brought the broadest selection of comedy styles and
material ever seen by Johannesburg fans to the Jozi International Comedy Festival, resulting in an annual event, now sponsored by Nando’s. The Nando’s Comedy Festival promises to be the highlight on the Johannesburg Comedy Calendar for 2009.
The Festival, which will run over seven days, will consist of an international stand up theatre show – the “UN Comedy Show”, a late-night stand up show “UNhinged” and a local stand-up competition “Comedy Showdown”.
The Nando’s Jozi Comedy Festival will run from 17th August to 23rd August 2009 and tickets can be purchased at Computicket www.computicket.com. Tickets are priced from R150 to R220.
SHOW SCHEDULES & TIMES:
UN Comedy Show:
17th – 21st August (Monday – Friday) at 20h00 (8pm)
And 23rd August (Sunday) at 18h00 (6pm)
21st & 22nd August (Friday & Saturday) at 22h30
The UN Comedy Show will be hosted by international comedy icon, Angelo
Tsarouchas (Canada), the larger than life, Actor/Comedian, who is without
question, Canada’s next “big thing”. Dubbed “The Hitman of Hilarity”, Angelo
definitely exudes star power. His trademark mobster resemblance, burly size
and no hold back attitude have put him in high demand on the global comedy
stage as well as in television and film projects on both sides of the
Comedy heavy weight Ahmed Ahmed (Egypt) who regularly performs at The Comedy
Store in Hollywood and has toured all across the US and Europe will make his
debut appearance in South Africa. He was the winner of the first annual
Richard Pryor Award for ethnic comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. He has
appeared in several films and television shows such as Executive Decision,
Swingers, Roseanne, JAG, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, and
MTV’s Punk’d with Ashton Kutcher.
Comedy legend Steve Best (UK) will wow Jozi fans with his one-liners and
props in an extremely visual comedy act. Likened to Steve Martin and Tommy
Cooper, Steve has toured with Frank Skinner, Harry Hill, Craig Charles and
Omid Djalili. He has performed all around the world including Hong Kong,
Norway, The Falkland Islands, Kosovo, Bosnia, Bali, Jakarta and Denmark.
After opening for Australia’s top comedian Carl Barron during his SA tour,
David Kibuuka (Uganda) will return to the Jozi stage. “Dave” has a unique
brand of humour that combines wit and intellect without losing touch with
his audiences. He has also opened for the likes of Barry Hilton and John
Vlismas on their national tours.
Dean Edwards (USA) the stand-up comedian and actor from the cast of Saturday
Night Live will bring his hilarious impressions to stage. Get ready for the
likes of Michael Jackson, Wayne Brady, Chris Tucker, Don Cheadle, Colin
Powell, Serena Williams, Grace Jones, Randy Jackson, Denzel Washington, and
Kitty Flanagan (Australia) one of the funniest traditional stand-ups of our
time will be returning to South Africa with her keen sense of the ridiculous
and her perky, offbeat anecdotes to captivate the audience. A well-known
face at Festivals like Edinburgh, Kitty performed at Cape Town Comedy
Festival in 2008 to glowing reviews.
South Africa’s rising star Trevor Noah (SA) will complete the 7-star
line-up. Trevor Noah is a South African actor, presenter, comedian and radio
DJ that is fluent and funny in eight of the eleven official languages.
Although he has only been performing as a professional comedian for a few
years, he is already recognized as one of the most talented comedians in
South African comedy. He most recently hosted the reality competition series
The AXE Sweet life and award ceremonies including the 3rd annual SAFTA
Awards at the State Theatre in Pretoria in February, 2009 and the 15th
annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) at the Sun City Superbowl in May,
The UN Comedy Show carries an age restriction of 16.
If you like your coffee a little darker, the “UNhinged Show” is for you. See
the UN Comedy Cast Unhinged and Uncensored at this late-night comedy gig
with a twist. Not for the fainthearted and not for those under 18 years,
slightly filthy but always funny.
The ultimate comedy platform for vibrant and aspiring talent, the Comedy
Showdown will give the winner of the competition the chance to perform on
stage with the international heavyweights on the closing night of the UN
Comedy Show. Well known South African comedian, Joe Parker and his team,
will be running the Comedy Showdowns at Parkers Comedy and Jive.
Angelo Tsarouchas (Canada) – HOST:
Ahmed Ahmed (Egypt): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xoXdQmw4A8
Steve Best (UK): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI7oksl7Utg
David Kibuuka (Uganda): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHg4pwALlLA
Kitty Flanagan AUS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDcp9S8sS5
Dean Edwards USA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcCdZr_sklI
For more information and show updates visit: www.comedyfestival.co.za