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Cape Town & Durban Comedy Festivals

2009-09-17 13:14

You may think you don’t like stand-up comedy because you saw it on TV once (comedy doesn’t work very well on TV). You may think you don’t like it because you saw it in a bar once and the guy just swore a lot and picked on people in the audience. Well give it another shot by checking out the live line-up in Cape Town and Durban.
As usual, there’s the Main Arena and the Danger Zone to choose from. The main Arena has less swearing and more singing. The Danger Zone has more swearing and politics and (from the Americans) poop jokes. 

Loyiso Gola

Gola first showed up onstage when he was still a kid - performing with the CCC gag pack that also included Kurt Schoonraad, Dave Levinsohn, Chris McEvoy and others back in the early 2000s. And he just kept growing – not just taller, but funnier. He performed at the CT International Comedy Festival two years running, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on TV and in films. He’s won a list of awards so long you’d fall asleep in your chair before you’d finished reading it, and his one hour filmed comedy special, Gola for President, is side-splittingly hilarious despite terrible production and editing.  While many punters will be going to the comedy festival to catch international talent, Loyiso is as good as any of the imports.

See him: Main Arena and Danger Zone
Watch: “Bantu Education”

Angelo, aka “Big Ange”

Canadian-born Angelo Tsarouchas – whose girth gives the term “belly laughs” a whole new meaning – is on the rise on the comedy film  and TV scene. His US 1 Hour comedy special Bigger is Better is screening on the Showtime network, he’s recently starred on Mad Men and he’s been touring the international comedy circuit for years. He’s also back by popular demand at the prestigious 'Just for Laughs' Comedy Festival in Montreal – and not for the first time.
See him: In Main Arena and Danger Zone
Watch: It’s all Greek

next:  Ahmed Ahmed and Kira Soltanovich

Meet some of the hilarious stand-up comics you can catch at the Nando's Comedy Festivals.

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