Updated: Jun 26, 2019
July is considered the coldest month of the year but it might also be the funniest thanks to the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival which kicks off on the 1st of July all the way up to the 28th of July. The month-long comedy extravaganza showcases multiple acts from around the world, together with a selection of talented local funny people.
The location of the festival is none other than the Baxter Theater and each night will see different acts cracking the respective audiences' funny bones. The Funny Festival which was established in 1997, over the years has developed into the largest of its kind in the country and respected by comics as a “premium-must-perform-at” event. This year the festival presents an awesome line up with names like:
Emo Adams - Who was born in Mitchell's Plain and actually made his stage debut at the age of nine.
Sifiso Nene - Originally from KZN based in Johannesburg and holds the title as the first winner of So You Think You are Funny in 2009.
Carvin H. Goldstone - His first one-man show, "NO SWEARING! in 2011 at the Playhouse Drama Theater was a sellout and he has become a comedic brand to reckon with ever since.
Lindy Johnson - A relative newcomer from Paarl, she has rocketed to success, winning the Savanna ‘Show us Your Apples’ Open Mic 2017 showdown, representing as the only female to make the finals.
Alan Committie - One of South Africa’s leading stand-up comics, character comedian, award winning actor, comedy writer, Theater director and Master of Ceremonies (MC).
The festival also has a knack for the unconventional and will also feature acts that are not necessarily stand up comics but present their humor other art forms like, The Big Boys, a multi award-winning South African dance production, Matt Tarrant, an award winning magician and mentalist who robs fellow performers of the limelight on at every single show he performs at and leaves his audiences mesmerized and confounded at his ability and last but not least Kev Orkian, a British comedic pianist, who became a regular on the UK comedy circuit performing at well known clubs such as Jongluers where his comedy rendition of Elton John's 'I'm Still Standing' has been described as comedy gold, and has generated standing ovations across the world.
Sean Burton, marketing head of Jive says. “All of us at Jive HQ are excited as usual for this year’s Funny Festival. Not everyone looks forward to Cape Town’s Winter, but if you have been to any of the last 14 Festivals, you will know why this is such an exciting time of year for all of us and our customers.” The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival has been a breakthrough platform for new comedians allowing them to perform to a wider audience.
A few of the names that rose from obscurity thanks to the festival include
Oliver Booth, Irshaad Mohamed, Stuart Cairns, Yaaseen Barnes, Lindy Johnson and Reagen Allen. In 2019, the Funny Festival founded the Kasi World Comedy Showdown as a vehicle to seek talent within the townships. The winner of this year's showdown is Obakeng Moroe who walked away with R5000 prize money and a performance spot at the festival.
Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town, said, “I think it is wonderful that the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival is giving our communities a chance to see both local stand-up comics as well as international acts”. “It is important to provide young comics with a platform to showcase their talents on the well-known and prestigious Baxter Theater stage. It is festivals like this, that keep reinforcing why Cape Town was awarded the title of “World's Leading Festival and Events Destination" at the 2018 World Travel Awards”.
Booking for the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival can be made at www.webtickets.co.za.