Grahamstown's giggle gigs

2007-06-22 11:53

This is our list of the funniest funnies showing at this year's National Arts Festival - or at the 'NAF' as we like to call it.

Evita for President!
With the ANC’s top job on the market, Pieter Dirk Uys nominates Evita Bezuidenhout in a new one-man onslaught on political folly.
Who: Pieter Dirk Uys
When: 28 June – 2 July
Where: Victoria Theatre
Why should you care? Because Trevor Manuel’s bergie friend from the old days is featured in this production.
* Watch our Evita for President video

A*A*A*H The Totally Outrages Bannana Show
A straight talk about sex… a little flirty, a little dirty and filled with hard facts.
Who: Peter Heyes
When: 28 June – 6 July
Where: Princess Alice
Why should you care? Because they talk about sex. Yeah baby!

The Adventures – Exploring Terra Incognita
Geoffrey Lewis and Cokey Falkow takes storytelling to another level. Each story is given the Sibot (the DJ) treatment and is both hilarious and horrific, leaving an incredible mark on its audience.
Who: Cokey Falkow and Simon Ringrose (aka Sibot)
When: 29 June – 3 July
Where: Drill Hall
Why should you care? Because they promise to ‘move’ you between laughter and tears.
* Listen to Sibot's track

Arney’s Outrageous Rise
An off–the-wall coming-of-age play, featuring a master class in mask work, by one of the country’s most celebrated theatre clowns.
Who: Aldo Brincat
When: 28 June, 1-7 July
Where: B2 Arena
Why should you care? Because it’s back by popular demand and has been nominated for three theatre awards.

Bafana Republic
Using 2010 as the butt of its joke, Bafana Republic is a witty, biting, humorous and an insightful take on the state of the nation.
Who: Mike van Graan, Zapiro, Lara Bye, Jaco Bouwer and Lindiwe Matshikiza.
When: 28 June – 7 July
Where: Princess Alice
Why should you care? Because it’s Mike van Graan. (You did ready the 'who' bit, didn't you?)

Beauty to B.E.E.
Ben Voss brings you his alter ego – South African Business Woman of the Year – Primrose Ramapelepele. With the first lady as a personal friend and a construction mogul as her husband she appears to be the ultimate developmental weapon. But has success made her too big for her roots?
Who: Benjamin Voss
When: 28 – 30 June; 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 July
Where: Glennie Hall
Why should you care? It’s always fun to watch men attempt to be women.

Best Man’s Speech
From The Most Amazing Show comes this one-man comedy epic. Weddings are a time of celebration, a time of lovey-dovey, a time of seventh heaven… and unfortunately also the time for disastrous, idiotic mumblings of the dreaded ‘best’ man.
Who: Louw Venter
When: 29 June – 7 July
Where: Library Hall
Why should you care? Um, duh – it’s The Most Amazing Show! Louw Venter also acted in Crazy Monkey: Straight Outta Benoni, check out the review.

Pienie Mayer
Also from the Most Amazing Show - Pienie Mayer has never been taken seriously as an investigative journo. All that is going to change. He’s about to stumble upon the kind of story Derek Watts has wet dreams about.
Who: Piennie Mayer
When: 29 June – 6 July
Where: Rhodes Club
Why should you care? Don’t make me say it again…

Black Mamba
Black Mamba is back. With new material… (phew). This venomous satirical comedy strikes deep into the heart of South African life. Written by Ben Voss and John van de Ruit.
Who: Ben Voss & James Cunigham
When: 30 June- 3 July and 5 – 7 July
Where: Kingswood
Why should you care? It’s been labelled a ‘festival classic’. Cokey Falkow – Odd One Out
This one is a bit different for Cokey - it’s not as impromptu as his other shows. It’s not just jokes or spoken word that make it a phenomenal piece but Cokey’s fantastic use of sound and humour.
Who: Cokey Falkow and DJ Sibot
When: 28 June - 1 July and 3 – 6 July
Where: Drill Hall
Why should you care? Because as Rafiek Mammon from the Cape Times say “comedy doesn’t get better than this”.

The Dave Show
Take a trip into Dave’s mind – but be careful, it’s a scary place. His without-delay thinking will have you nursing your funny bone.
Who: Dave
When: 30 June, 1 July, 3 – 7 July
Where: Drill Hill
Why should you care? Dave is said to be one of the finest local comedians.

Joe Barber 4
If Cape humour is your thing, then this is the show for you. Boeta Joe and Boeta Gamat are back, giving a fly-on-the-wall insight into the people who meet, greet and take a seat at their local barber shop.
Who: Oscar Peterson and David Issacs
When: 4 - 7 July
Where: Kingswood
Why should you care?Want Boeta Joe, sal jou laat skater van die lag.

Mark Sampson’s Missing Links
A hilarious taxi-ride through three billion years of evolution that will make you see our history and the present in a new light. It’s a witty, one man act and has received many noteworthy reviews.
Who: Mark Sampson
When: Daily
Where: Drill Hall
Why should you care? People have been said to have cried with laughter while watching him.

Martin Evans – Things That Make Me Happy
Martin recently moved back to South Africa from abroad and shares some of the things that have made him happy since he’s return. This show is not suitable for under 16s or miserable people.
Who: Martin Evans
When: 28 - 30 June; 2 - 7 July
Where: Drill Hall
Why should you care? It might inspire you to remember why you love being South African.

One Man Goat
Multilingual Nik is back with a new show. His animated comedy and wacky hilarity astutely captures the goat-eat-goat world of South Africa in an hour of rollicking amusement.
Who: Nik Rabinowitz
When: 29 June – 7 July
Where: Drill Hall
Why should you care? Because, you just Goatta.

Porra 2 - The Returnish
The madness that is family, the different planets from which children and parents come and the warm, fuzzy feelings that makes it all worthwhile.
Who: Sonia Esgueria
When: 28 June – 1 July; 3 - 7 July
Where: Drill Hall
Why should you care? If you think a snor on a woman is funny, you’ll find this hilarious.

Raiders – Rasputin’s Rectangle
While touring the diamond fields of South Africa, a dancer, Vodkatini Bloodimara, falls in love with the unstable inventor Dieter Boepenaar.
Who: Luke and Nicholas Ellenbogen
When: 28 June - 1 July; 4-7 July
Where: PJS
Why should you care? They say if you miss Raiders you miss the festival and with a name like Vodkatini this should be interesting, hopefully not in a Vetkoek Paleis kind of a way.

Stuart Taylor’s Techni-Coloured
Watch Stuart tackle everything from marriage to Going Nowhere Slowly through his special blend of stand up comedy, sketch comedy and magic. Expect loads of energy, laughs and audience interaction.
Who: Stuart Taylor
When: Daily
Where: Rhodes Club
Why should you care? Because he rips-off Going Nowhere Slowly. Ok... we admit, he’s on the list because his name sounded familiar.

Improvised, hilarious and unexpected. Teams of sexy, talented and crazy actors compete and play improvised games based on suggestions from the audience.
Who: Lots of people directed by Heinrich Reisenhofer
When: Daily
Where: Rhodes Club
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