THE JIVE CAPE TOWN FUNNY FESTIVAL
Cape Town’s winter comedy tonic, the Funny Festival has a new sponsor, in the form of Jive Cooldrink, born and bred in the Mother City. The event, the country’s largest live comedy festival, will now be known as the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival. The month-long festival runs at the Baxter Theatre from 10 June to 7 July.
The project, now in its ninth year, showcases the best of local and international comedy. The international artists represent a selection of top specialty acts from around the world.
The international “delegation” is headed by the UK’s leading comedy pianist Kev Orkian. Orkian is no stranger to Cape Town, a city he has fallen in love with. In the last year, he has played throughout the world with some of the giants of the music and comedy industries, including, Elton John, Catherine Jenkins, James Blunt, Dame Edna, Stephen Fry and many more.
The international contingent includes Somali comic, Prince Abdi, Canadian clown Mooky Cornish, UK juggler, balancer and wordsmith Steve Rawlings and “Spanish” crooner Wilfredo.
Add local comics in the form of Marc Lottering, Siv Ngesi, Alan Committie, Carl Wastie and Guy McDonald and a couple of hilarious audience participation skits, it all adds up to a great night out. Committie acts as ringmaster, holding the show together.
The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival has developed its own brand of comedy, which is strong in unique specialty acts, all of which are sought after on the global festival circuit. The show content is family friendly, though parental guidance is advised.
The line-up includes:
- Former lead clown of Cirque du Soleil, Canadian Mooky Cornish, who brings her award-winning routine to Cape Town
- The UK’s top comedy juggler, Steve Rawlings, balances, juggles and plays with fire, all at lightning speed
- “Spanish” crooner Wilfredo, sings in the style of Julio Iglesias, but sexier, who is accompanied by local young guitarist, Taylor Jackson.
- Super star and comedy pianist Kev Orkian returns to entertain with his new comic routines.
- Somalia-born stand-up, Prince Abdi, is the rage in London at present and comes to Cape Town to set the Funny Festival stage on fire. His Bollywood routines are legendary and “the Prince” is certain to be the rage of the Funny Festival.
- Marc Lottering will entertain in his usual inimitable style for the entire duration of the Festival.
- The Festival has always served to introduce new, worthy talent. Good Hope FM morning DJ, Guy McDonald, introduces his character Cash Reddy to the Cape Town stage. The Festival also presents the winner of the GHFM Laugh Master competition.
- Local up and coming comic, film star and actor Siv Ngesi joins the bill.
- Include a couple of skits with Spanish dancer, Ndumiso Tafeni and with Good Hope FM DJs Carl Wastie and Guy McDonald, some audience participation and a creative set and you have the makings of a superbly entertaining night out.
The Festival has a strong corporate social responsibility program and supports the NSRI, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Trust.
Tickets cost R150 each and are available through Computicket. There are generous discounts for group ticket sales. The line-up is subject to change without prior notice.
16 May 2013
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