Comedy Anniversary

It’s my anniversary. ❤️

6 years ago, today. I met the love of my life.

Just over 6 years ago, I moved in with Siv Ngesi – (who instantly became my brother, my bestie – and later my producer and champion.) I got Siv into Twitter (if you can believe it) and he got me into comedy. I used to enjoy tweeting random thoughts, and dry wit. Siv turned to me a few weeks after living together and said “you should say some of that stuff you say on Twitter and on your blog on stage. People think you’re funny.”

Me: “Haha, yeah, Imagine that! Sure, maybe, one day.”

*Next Day*

Phone rings, I answer. “Hi Angel? It’s Rustum August (RIP), Siv said you wanted to start stand up. I have a show with a slot for you in 3 weeks’ time.”

Me: “What? NO WAIT! It was just a passing comment, I don’t have any jokes!”

Rusty: “It’s only 5 mins, and it’s 3 weeks away. Write some. K Bye!”

Cue the below video. Filmed by one of my dearest Besties (AJ Liebenberg) who came to watch me, (despite me hiding the fact that I was about to do comedy from most of my friends, for fear of public humiliation). He mostly came to watch me die. 😂😂. AJ only started filming my set from a few minutes in because “He was surprised I was actually doing well, he had to document it!”

I will forever be grateful that this video exists. My first ever time on stage.

As I drive into Grahamstown today, to the National Arts Festival, greeted by street-lamps and walls with MY POSTER ALREADY ON THEM, in a car branded with flames and MY OWN FACE on the side 🔥, to kick off my SECOND full hour of comedy (produced by Siv): Devil’s Advocate.

– On this day. 6 Years ago, could I have predicted this? –

Never. Never in a million shooting star wishes.

6 years? Already? and also, ONLY? I still feel like a newcomer to this industry, and also I’ve learnt so much, changed 180 degrees. I know I have SO much more to learn and to grow, daily, per performance. I can only hope that 6 years from now, I look back with just as much awe and gratitude in the journey as I do today.

Thank you. Thank you Universe, thank you fellow comedians, thank you friends & family for your support and belief, thank you internet (for giving me a voice), and most of all: thank you comedy.

I love you, Bae. Here’s to many more years together, Comedy. ❤️

(Dear 6 year old Angel, hang tight. It gets much better.)

#LaughMyLife

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BREAKING: ZANEWS Gets Fired Up by Nando’s!

I write for ZANEWS and we’ve been quiet for a while, because #WinterIsHere but don’t despair, we’re back! Making Laugh. Not War. and it’s even more PERI PERI FLAME GRILLED!

 Nando’s has struck a flame with South Africa’s favourite satirists, ZANEWS.

“At Nando’s we love that South Africans turn to humour for relief when faced with challenging local current affairs. Like Nando’s, ZANEWS has found laughter to be the best medicine when faced with South Africa’s unique ills. This is why a partnership with ZANEWS is a natural fit,” says Nando’s chief marketing officer for Africa, Middle East and India (IMEA), Doug Place. “We’re thrilled to be extending the voice of ordinary South Africans through our partnership with ZANEWS. From one firestarter to another, we say bem-vindo!”

“The puppets may be too spicy for TV for now but thanks to one of South Africa’s most loved and hottest brands, Nando’s, ZANEWS will be back to keep South Africans laughing this winter. Get ready for an epic new season of Game of Cronies, the long awaited release of House of Discards and the local “heroes” of Guardians of the ANC“, says ZANEWS’ executive producer and creator, Thierry Cassuto. “#WinterIsHere but ZANEWS and Nando’s won’t leave South Africans out in the cold.”

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Angel Campey – Devil’s Advocate

Hey guys, I have a press release for my new show. Here it is!

A new stand-up comedy special written by Angel Campey, directed by Tara Notcutt and produced by Siv Ngesi.​

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury – they say “rather the devil you know, than the Devil you don’t.” You may already be familiar with Cape Town Comedian, Angel Campey – but if not allow us to introduce you because she’s launching a new comedy special and it’s wickedly funny.

Comedienne, writer and radio presenter Angel Campey is back with her second stand-up comedy show and (despite her real name) she’s hell-bent on proving that she’s no angel, or at least reminding us that the devil was once an angel too. Her New comedy special, Devil’s Advocate will debut at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown for nine consecutive performances from 30th June to the 8th July 2017.

Brought to you by popular comedian and TV personality Siv Ngesi (Mnet’s Wingin’ it and SABC3’s Man Cave), Devil’s Advocate marks Angel’s triumphant return to the National Arts festival, after having taken a hiatus in 2016 in order to spend most of the year in New York City, performing at some of the world’s top comedy clubs including a trip to the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal Canada, where she joined up with Comedy Central Africa. She’s back and she’s more fiery than ever, with added New York street swag, and a stronger bladder.

Devil’s Advocate is directed by multi-award winning director, writer and producer Tara Notcutt (Three Little Pigs, Miskien and Rob Van Vuuren’s WhatWhat & Life). This marks the first collaboration between these two power-house women and they are very excited to stretch each-other’s limits and uplift funny females.

Cape Town local, Campey launched her first comedy hour Yes, Really Angel in 2013 to rave reviews and a successful three year run at fest. It was directed by legendary comedian Nik Rabinowitz in his directorial debut, (which he’d offered to step up to work on after seeing Angel perform only once as a newcomer in the comedy industry.)

Yes, Really Angel was heralded as “well-scripted stand-up”, “Nothing short of hilarious” and critics applauded Angel as a “dark comedian with razor sharp wit” calling her “one of the best stand alone female comedians at the festival” and a Cape Times reviewer welcomed her into the comedy fold with the headline simply stating Angel earns her comedy wings”.

As much as she enjoys all the puns and plays on words about her birth-name, ‘Angel’ is ready to kick it up a notch and Devil’s Advocate takes her comedy to the next level. As one of the top emerging comedians in South Africa, Angel has a lot to say about our country, the status quo of race, gender and politics – and her own life observations. Whilst leaning hard on the hilarity that we can all relate to, Angel is sure to rub some of your opinions up the wrong way – but it’s all in good fun, after all she’s just playing Devil’s Advocate.

 

Angel’s comedy career started with an open-mic night in a packed comedy club on Long Street, Cape Town in 2011 which earned her a standing ovation, and her career has rolled with the punchlines ever since. She’s a regular on festival line-ups and comedy club stages all over South Africa. Having appeared on Comedy Central Africa’s Channel 122 with Kings and Queens of Comedy in 2013, she’s a resident ‘queen’ on the franchise and regularly tours the country to perform to sold out arenas of up to 5000 people. In 2015 Angel was nominated by the department of Arts and Culture for an Mbokodo award in the Comedy Category, honouring women changing their industries through innovation and trail blazing. (Her Devil’s Advocate director, Tara Notcutt was nominated for the same award in the Theatre category. Mbokodo means rock. Two rocks on one team!)

Angel is also a TV writer for multi award winning satire news show Puppet Nation, ZAnews which has won 4 consecutive SAFTAs for Best TV Comedy, was nominated for 2 international Emmy Awards for Best Comedy and earned Angel 2 Muse Award wins from the Screen Writer’s Guild of South Africa for Best TV Comedy Scriptwriting in 2016 and 2017.You can catch her voice daily on the Smile Drive with Maurice Carpede as she co-hosts the popular drive-time show on Smile90.4FM for 3 months during Bailey Schneider’s maternity leave. She also hosts her own Friday lunch show for the past 5 years on 2oceansvibe radio, The Angel Campey show is an unruly chat to fellow comedians and local creatives and has proved to be one of the top rated shows on the station.

It is a Latvian proverb that ‘Even the Devil himself doesn’t know where a woman sharpens her knives’, well Angel clearly sharpens her tongue in the same place. (Even though she’s not Latvian. She’s first generation South African, the daughter of British and Zimbabwean immigrants – and she has opinions on that too, but you’ll have to catch Devil’s Advocate to hear them!)

Devil’s Advocate Court is in session from 30th June with daily performances in the Masonic Back until the 8th July 2017 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Bookings

*Devil’s Advocate is rated 16 for Mature content.

 

 

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Sne Dladla on The Angel Campey Show, 2oceansvibe radio 12-1pm.

 12-1pm.

I’m back on 2oceansvibe radio today, but in a new time-slot (to accommodate for my new Drive Time 3-6pm show on Smile90.4fm, Smile Drive)

I’ll be chatting to Sne Dladla in studio about his new one man show, iChameleon that’s coming to the Baxter. iChameleon, which is not a local re-imagining of the well-known Boy George 80s hit, Karma Chameleon but rather Sne Dladla’s incredible new show, produced by comedy legend Nik Rabinowitz.

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Sne is a phenomenon: comedian, actor, and musician extraordinaire. iChameleon is his second one man show, and he will be making you laugh by using a bunch of his above-mentioned talents. He will also be employing the use of a loop pedal, not to be confused with the loop contraceptive – that’s something else. Although, some people have described Sne Dladla’s use of the loop pedal as an aphrodisiac so those things are not entirely unrelated.

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You may have previously seen Sne headlining comedy shows. You may have seen him hosting Comedy Central News on Comedy Central. You may have seen him in District Six – Kanala or David Kramer’s Orpheus in Afrika – for which he won a Fleur de Cap. He’s also won another Fleur de Cap and a bunch of other awards and stuff like that.

You may also have seen him open for  Nik Rabinowitz’ show “What the Eff?” at the Baxter a couple years back. And you may have seen him at Pick ’n Pay. Even heroes need toilet paper.

iChameleon is at the Baxter Theatre Studio from June 27th to July 8th.

Tickets range from R100 to R120.If you want to check him out some more, look him up on Instagram , check him out on Facebook.

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Angel performing at Parkers Comedy

I’ll be packing my bags and heading up to Joburg on Thursday, to film some episodes for Season 3 of Point of Order (The SAFTA winning, best Game Show in South Africa, that showcases us comedians on a panel, battling it out with politics, mayhem and general knowledge.)

I’ll also be perfoming on the the first big stage that gave me my break, Parker’s Comedy in Monte Casino.

Now to hunt down some winter clothes, because Cape Town is still basking in the last rays of summer, whilst Jozi is apparently already snow-capped and frigid!

*high five*

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Win this fabulous cook-book ‘A Bite of Latin America’.

Today on my radio show, from 1-3pm on 2oceansvibe radio, I’ll be chatting to the fabulous Susie Chatz-Anderson. The traveler, author and chef behind ‘A Bite of Latin America’.

Susie and her husband took a year off to explore Latin America and this wonderfully illustrative book serves as her culinary diary. If (like me) you’ve always dreamed of visiting the colourful continent, this book serves as an excellent window into how it might look (and taste) with Susie giving a local explanation (and variants) on the classic dishes she most enjoyed in each country.

The subtle layering of flavour and use of authentic techniques make for scrumptious food, adapted for South Africa. Susie believes in good food and living a good life. Discover these for yourself with A Bite of Latin America.

She’s given me one book to give away to you, my fabulous listeners. So tune in,  and retweet this tweet to increase your odds of winning and adding a little SALSA to your weekend.

(You can buy the book online here.)

Ole!

 

 

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New Show, New Director. The Devil you know.

It is with much cacophonous and rapturous applause that I would like to announce the new director who has agreed to take me on, and direct my new comedy hour: Devil’s Advocate. (Debuting at the 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this June/July)

The multi award winning and internationally acclaimed, writer, director and producer… Tara Notcutt has (in a moment of weakness) signed on as my director! And I couldn’t be more thrilled.  She has a repertoire of award-winning and internationally travelling work under her belt, and has presented work (aside from, obviously all over South Africa) in Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Brighton, and Perth.

Tara Notcutt (Photo by Dani Bischoff)

This is a bucket-list director, who I’ve been too scared to even approach and ask, as I was certain she’d (worst case) throw her head back and laugh at me or (best case) awkwardly pretend she saw her long-lost mythical friend entering the bathroom and excuse herself to avoid further conversations with me.

Tara and I actually go WAY back, to when I was standing in on an Am-Dram production at the request of my brother, (Unsurprisingly named ‘Murder in the Common room’) and Tara’s fabulous dad, Brian played the unsuspecting murder victim, who died in the common room (spoiler alert). I was the equally unsuspecting character who had to administer CPR to said murdered victim. Always to many giggles (during rehearsal) and many melodramatic gestures (during live performances) shared between Brian and I.

Tara was just ‘Brian’s daughter’ to me, back then. The first year UCT Theatre and Performance student,  who was working in the technical booth on this production, to gain experience. Oh how little could any of us have guessed that she would go on to be nominated for, and win, multiple awards both locally and internationally. Leaving the rest of us blinking, impressed, in her (star)dust.

Some of Tara’s more stand-out productions include the brilliant Three Little Pigs (starring Rob Van Vuuren, James Cairns and Albert Pretorius)  and the spellbinding ‘…miskien‘ (for which she won the Fleur Du Cap Theater award, for Best New Director)  and most recently she has been part of the team producing The Gruffalo for the first time in South Africa, as the South African Associate Director to the UK company, Tall Stories. Tara works with everything from Shakespeare to Opera as well as magicians, drama and comedy.

As far as stand-up comedy goes, Tara Directed Rob Van Vuuren in his Ovation Award winning and sold out show, What What. So she certainly knows what she’s doing.

I’m thrilled, lucky and overwhelmed that I get to be working with her on Devil’s Advocate. And I can’t wait to see what magic we create together. She is equally thrilled “to be working with someone who doesn’t have a penis” and I’m sure we will cut a formidable ‘Girl Power’ team as Devil’s Advocate launches it’s controversial, hilarious and thought provoking tendrils into the National Arts Festival this year.

Now, if only I could finish writing it. *Van Gogh Scream*

SOME of Tara’s Awards & Special Recognitions

  • 2016 Nominated for The Artrage Theatre Award at Fringe World Perth, for Stuart Lightbody’s Sleepless Dreams
  • 2015 Nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for Best Director for …miskien
  • 2015 Nominated for The Artrage Theatre Award at Fringe World Perth, for both Undermined and Stuart Lightbody: Devilish
  • 2014 Standard Bank Ovation Award for Undermined at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
  • 2014 Nominated for 2 Fleur du Cap Awards, namely Best Director as well as Best New South African Script (with co-writers Rob van Vuuren, James Cairns, and Albert Pretorius) for The Three Little Pigs
  • 2013 Nominated for Best Director at Clover Aardklop for The Three Little Pigs. The production was also nominated for Best Production, and the three actors joint nominated for Best Actor.
  • 2013 International invitations for Thom Pain (based on nothing) (Amsterdam) and Unreal (Amsterdam, Brighton, and Prague). Silver Award for Best International Production at the Amsterdam Fringe for The Three Little Pigs
  • 2013 Standard Bank Ovation Awards for Thom Pain (based on nothing), Unreal, and a Silver Award for WHATWHAT
  • 2013 Third Place in the ArtRage Theatre Award category at Fringe World, Perth for The Three Little Pigs
  • 2012 Standard Bank Ovation Award for Lord Hamlet at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
  • 2012 Named one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans for 2012
  • 2012 …miskien nominated for Best Theatre Production at Fringe World, Perth
  • 2011 Best Director nomination at Aardklop Nasionale Kunstefees for …miskien, which received the Clover Soveel Beter Award for “Best Production”
  • 2011 Five star review for …miskien at Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Jury Commendation Award, and invitation to present the show at Fringe World, Perth, 2012
  • 2011 “Best of The Fringe” recognition for …miskien at National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, and an invitation to the Amsterdam Fringe Festival
  • 2011 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Awards for both Mafeking Road (Physical Theatre) and Dream, Brother (Theatre) at National Arts Festival, Grahamstown 2011 Member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York City
  • 2010 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown for …miskien
  • 2010 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award: Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors for her direction of …miskien
  • 2009 Founded The Pink Couch, critical acclaim for debut production of …miskien as well as one of Sunday Times’ COMPANIES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2010

*High Five*

Devil’s Advocate is a Stand-up Comedy One-Woman Show. Produced by Siv Ngesi, Directed by Tara Notcutt and Written & Performed by Angel Campey. It will debut at the 2017 National Arts Festival Fringe in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. It’s venue is the Masonic Back and show times are:

  • Friday 30th June: 2pm
  • Saturday 1st July: 8pm
  • Sunday 2nd July: 4pm
  • Monday 3rd July: 6pm
  • Tuesday 4th July: 2pm
  • Wednesday 5th July: 10pm
  • Thursday 6th July: 6pm
  • Friday 7th July: 8pm
  • Saturday 8th July: 10am

Bookings now open.

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Tale as Old as Time

Me. Give that girl a Belles.

Review: Beauty and the Beast 2017.

The new live action Beauty and the Beast has been released and I was invited to attend a special screening with Edgars Club and Disney Africa last night.

The invite told us to dress as a modern day princess – so I went full Belle, with yellow floaty dress even a rose and the gold in her hair. I added my Aldo Zebra-print heels, for the ‘beast’ element – plus it’s Disney Africa, so we must represent.

We were greeted with a red carpet, flanked by candelabra (I leaned in to listen, they weren’t talking ones) and a sparkly wall featuring a crystal rose, specifically made for this event, there are only 4 in the world. (AND I WON ONE! Yay for my witty Tweets.)

Bonjour, Cogsworth from Paris.

A Cogsworth (from the 1991 animated movie) was flown in from Disneyland Paris (Beauty and the Beast is set in France) so he was the VIP, and also went as a gift to the best dressed… which went to an 8 year old version of me (Also dressed as Belle). Best Dressed? Fine. The kid can have it *she grumbles whilst nursing her crystal rose*.

After some Red Rose Icing cupcakes and BOS tea, we got free Popcorn and headed into the film where we were welcomed by Luke from Disney Africa who said “Disney ‘n probleem nie” in his speech, on purpose, which pretty much made my night.

And then… The movie. (LOVE)

First the rant about 1991 version

I re-watched the 1991 Beauty and the Beast this past weekend, in anticipation of seeing the new one. I’m THAT excited. I adored the original, obviously. I was 8 when it came out. The PERFECT age. However, the 34 year old Angel was a lot more sceptical of the tale.

First of all, we judge the townsfolk for thinking Belle is weird, but she literally reads a book to sheep in the middle of the town, and it’s a book about her own life (“Here’s where she meets Prince Charming, but she won’t discover that it’s him ’till Chapter 3”.)  Talking to sheep, and ignoring the townsfolk? She IS weird.

Also, did you know, in the original, Belle and the Beast fall in love over 48 hours? 2 days, guys. That’s how long it took for her to figure “fuck it, he has a library and a castle, he’s rich, I’m in” and him, an evil, angry, hateful beast – to get all gentle and to fall for her. Remember he got cursed for being mean to an ugly old hag, who was really a beautiful enchantress (why did she have to be beautiful? She could have been an ugly enchantress. But I guess her being ‘beautiful’ made her more valuable? Ok, the feminist in me is sitting down.) The only way for him to break the curse was to to fall in love, how lucky for his superficial mind that the MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE VILLAGE happened upon his castle. That’s ridiculous. So he stays superficial AF, he doesn’t learn anything.

Did you realise, the Beast is 21 in the 1991 version? “The last rose petal falls on his 21st Birthday” … erm, what? He’s a 21 year old? He’s got such a deep voice – for a start. And the youngest he could have been when she cursed him is 16*. So that means it’s been 5 years – and the castle is abandoned, decrepit and forgotten – in 5 years. And it’s so dusty and gross, when ALL OF HIS STAFF are literally household appliances with nothing else to do… and the castle looks like that? They are horrific at their jobs. Hey, feather duster, maybe stop making out with Lumiere behind the curtains and actually do some dusting! No wonder your boss is so angry all the time. Gosh.

*UPDATE Edit*  Thanks to Ian Belknap for pointing out that the lyric in “Be Our Guest” points to them having been cursed for 10 years. Which means the Prince was 11 when he turned into a Beast. So an 11 year old was mean to a witch, and she punished him pretty severely. What a bitch.

Also, 5 or 10 years went past and the world forgot about him? He was the Prince, in a freaking castle. And it took 5-10 years to forget him? AND THE CASTLE?! What? Everyone’s ok with this storyline though? Ok.

So aside from all that, the songs, the characters, the YELLOW DRESS, the happy ending are PERFECT. (Ok – the ‘prince’ version of the Beast is NOT hot, I would have been mad AF if I was Belle, and then suddenly my sexy beast turns into that awkward looking, scrawny Prince with those weird nostrils).

Talk about a BEAST

Ok, so enter famed feminist Emma Watson as Belle in the 2017 remake:

First off, let me state: this version is brilliant. I want to see it again, already.

It encapsulates all of the elements you loved in the original, but incorporates enough additional backstory (and new songs) to develop characters so that 99% of my issues with the original are all gone. (That last 1% stays for the ‘beautiful’ enchantress. Although they do highlight the superficiality of that a bit more with the enchantress’s return at the end of the film.)

It stayed much more authentic to the original Disney cartoon than the live action Jungle Book or Cinderella did. Which made me so happy. I literally had goosebumps on several occasions as they cleverly recreated iconic scenes, close enough that you know the exact moment in the cartoon, but well done enough that it’s still unique to this version.

The ‘living’ household appliances posed the biggest ‘live action’ problem as they kept them looking very realistic. Obviously, this isn’t Roger Rabbit. The Be our guest number was still pulled off absolutely as magically as the cartoon version, and Disney really managed to encapsulate the ‘realism’ of the enchanted castle. They explain why the village forgot the Beast, they don’t make him 21, they justify why all his employees are also cursed, and there is much more backstory about his family and Belle’s mother. Which helps you to understand why they are, in fact, perfect for each other “happy sigh”.

Emma Watson was great as Belle, and they give her far more backbone, she’s an inventor and far more diplomatic with her ‘arrest’ by the beast, and as such – Emma did us all proud.  And the ‘cute’ snowball fight scene had a hilarious upgrade:

 

The rest of the cast is fabulous, Josh Gad as LeFou (Disney’s first ever openly gay character) stole the show as (Luke Evans) Gaston’s side-kick. Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts makes you not miss Angela Landsbury. And who better to play the voice of rule-abiding Cogsworth than Sir Ian McKellen? Ewan McGregor as Lumiere was also charming, and we all know the man can sing!

I don’t want to give too many spoilers, so I’m not going to dissect the movie scene by scene. Just go and see it, if you loved the original, you won’t be disappointed. We all choked back tears a few times at the iconic songs, but I always cry in musical numbers in the theatre – so ignore me.

I’m off to play the new soundtrack on apple music. Again.

(Although I still prefer the Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson version of the song, sorry Ariana Grande and John Legend.)

Red Rose Cupcakes, too pretty to eat. I still did.

Me telling TV land how much I adored the new version.

*High-Five* Thanks Disney Africa and Edgars Club.

 

 

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Where to catch Stand-Up Comedy in Cape Town

When people hear I’m a stand-up comedian, they always ask “where?”  It’s become apparent that people are unaware of the plethora of underground comedy gigs that are going on every night of the week in and around Cape Town. Comedians need to get up on stage, all the time – it’s the only way we can practice. So we have stages, everywhere. Clubs, Pubs, Restaurants. Some are great for us, some are not, all are entertaining for you to watch.

Live stand-up comedy. You can’t beat it. If you like hearing the pulse of a nation, the modern day philosophers, current events and fart jokes – the only way to mainline this is with live comedy. The stuff you see on TV and YouTube has already been curated. Come support local, all of these gigs below are run by local comedians too so you’re helping the art stay alive.

Cape Town Comedy Club

Obviously the first stop off point for watching comedy in Cape Town is the only dedicated comedy club in the city: The Cape Town Comedy Club.  Wednesday – Sunday (7 days a week in Season) Previously ‘Jou Ma Se Comedy Club‘, this is the baby of local comedian legend, Kurt Schoonraad. You’re guaranteed a stellar line-up at this venue, as they are very selective with their comedians and curate the shows professionally. So definitely check this out, you’ll see the best, doing their best. Like a comedy showcase. It’s at the V&A Waterfront, in the Pumphouse. (Best parking is next to the Aquarium.) Show starts at 8.30pm sharp, but get there early, it’s fully licensed and 6-7pm is happy hour. Booking essential.

Cape Town Comedy Club

But here’s a little list of SOME of the more underground venues, where you will see comedians practicing sets, trying new jokes and earning the honour to play at the bigger, more shiny clubs you’re more familiar with. It’s the places you’ll see comedians at their most raw, vulnerable, honest. Where we die and kill and ‘haven’t figured out how to end that joke yet’. It’s where the magic happens.

SUNDAYS:

  1. Armchair Sundays.

Where: Obviously Armchair, Backpackers and Pub. 135 Lower Main Rd, Observatory, Cape Town

What you get: Billed as ‘an experimental comedy platform’ Armchair Sundays is an institution in the South African Comedy community, and any given Sunday, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better time. In the bohemian backpacker neighbourhood of Obs, an eclectic mix of locals and tourists blend in the audience of this intimate theatre venue to create comedy gold. Armchair Comedy has been around for a long time, over 20 years, and served as the starting ground for many of the top comedians in South Africa, including icons like Kurt Schoonraad, Loyiso Gola, Stuart Taylor, Nik Rabinowitz and Riaad Moosa. Even Trevor Noah used to play there. It’s a beloved stage to all comedians, offering newbies the chance to try their comedy chops (on a Wednesday) and a safe-space for veterans to play with the crowd, working out new ideas.

Comedians also choose this as a gathering spot, and many more comics who aren’t even on the bill will be lurking around the bar area, nursing beer and exchanging war stories with each other from the week’s gigs. This is the perfect introduction to the underground of SA stand-up.

What it Costs: Minimal, around R40 at the door (last I checked).

Top tip, don’t play on your cellphone in the front row, host Gino Fernandez will read it out loud.  (Photo Peter Sserwanga)

2. Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners

Where: Hanover Street Night Club, inside GrandWest Casino, 1 Vanguard Drive Goodwood.

Angel Campey at Hanover Comedy Sundowners.

What you get: Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners is on the first Sunday of every month at 6pm, nice and early for a school-night. The venue is really fun for comedy and so comedians look forward to playing there, and as the audience – it shows. It’s always a good time, with a top line-up, you’ll see some of the best in the city carefully chosen to make for great comedy. (Line-ups change each month). Booking is advised as it often sells out – so don’t dilly dally.

What it costs: R60, 082 588 662 for bookings. (Complimentary Savannas for the first 100 to arrive.)

MONDAYS:

NOMAD OPEN MIC NIGHT.

Where: Nomad Bistro & Bar. 33 Waterkant Street, Cape Town.

 

SGT PEPPER, MONDAY COMEDY NIGHT

Where: Sgt Pepper, 194 Long Street (Opposite Beerhouse), Cape Town.

SGT Pepper regular, Eureka Nkese hosting.

What you get: Every Monday at 8.30pm, a hodge-podge of some of Cape Town’s best (and ahem, newer) comedians (and sometimes an out of towner or international drop-in) trying out new material, honing old jokes or just playing with the crowd. You’ll usually get around 6-8 comedians performing for your buck. It’s a great room to come and have a chuckle on a Monday as it’s lovingly dubbed ‘the room of death’ by many comics, usually packed with dead-pan foreigners – it’s the perfect comedy training ground, and might just entertain you for all the wrong reasons as you see some of the best of the business tap-dance for approval from the grumpy Swedes and the lost in translation Colombians. It has been known to sometimes have the perfect storm of locals, tourists and brilliant comedians -making for hilarity all round. Each Monday the line-ups change, so come often, and come multiple times. Like a woman.

What it costs: R40 at the door, or pay R120 and get a Pizza and Savanna thrown in.

TUESDAYS:

You’re spoiled for choice on a Tuesday. You’ve got 3 options (one is weekly, the others are bi-monthly) 1. #ComedyAtNomad (Town) 2. Fork and Comedy (Fireman’s Arms) 3. Premium Sports Bar (Mitchell’s Plain)

  1. Comedy at Nomad

Where: Nomad Bistro & Bar. 33 Waterkant Street, Cape Town.

What you get: Every Tuesday. This is a great new venue for comedy, it’s between Long and Loop street, on the Fanwalk, so it’s a little more relaxed and open-air than the other ‘bustling’ Long street venues. Top and new local, national and International comedians rotate on this line-up every Tuesday and the bar has an extensive cocktail menu, so kick-back and enjoy the points of view of comics from all walks of life. It starts at 8pm sharp and is usually finished by 10pm, so you’re not having a late one on a school night.

What it costs: R50 on Quicket, R70 at the door (which you can just add to your bar tab) or R180 to have a Burger & Cocktail thrown in.

2. Fork and Comedy

Where: Fireman’s Arms ,Cnr. Buitengracht & Mechau Street, Cape Town.

What you get:  A rip-roaring good time in one of Cape Town’s Oldest and Finest Pubs – Est 1864. A well curated line-up of top comics, this is a tightly run show, starting at 8 and ending by 10, with premium quality stand-up.

Fork and Comedy is a bi-monthly gig, the first and last Tuesday of each month, so double check that it’s on the Tuesday you’re interested in. Also book ahead of time, because it sells out. (Obviously.) So come fork ‘n’ laugh, at fork ‘n’ comedy (see what they did there?)

Bookings: 083 709 0419 email: forkandcomedy@gmail.com

What it costs: R50 gets you a seat and a shot of Jagermeister (for the first 60). Also a free Jack Black Beer if you buy a main-meal. (Yay for alcohol sponsors!)

3. Premium Comedy

Where:  Premium Sports Bar, 1 Avocado Street, Mitchells Plain.

What you get: This is widely regarded by Cape Town comedians as one of the most fun rooms in the city. It’s a big beer hall, you get comics having the time of their lives in a room full of laughing patrons. Top comedians like Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton and Kurt Schoonraad often headline so you’ll see the best of the best – and also newer comedians and open mics testing out their funny bones.

Bookings: It’s the first and last Tuesday of every month, so check with 072 399 3338 (whatsapp) for bookings and info.

What it costs: R50

Barry Hilton at Premium Comedy

WEDNESDAYS:

On a Wednesday you can go chill in Woodstock with the 1. Mash Tun Wednesdays, or check out 2. Armchair Comedy, New Material night in Obs.

The Mash Tun Comedy Wednesdays.

Where: The Mash Tun,  MASON’S PRESS, 7 RAVENSCRAIG RD,
WOODSTOCK, CAPE TOWN, 7915

Kurt Langeveld at Mash Tun

 

ARMCHAIR WEDNESDAYS (OPEN MIC NIGHT)

Where: Obviouzly Armchair, Lower Main Road, Observatory.

What you get: Every Wednesday at 8.30pm. New Material, and the true underground of comics at work. Everyone from first-timers to comedy legends are taking this mic to try and win the laughter of the crowd. It’s an awesome audience experience where you get to see the hits and misses that comedy so often dishes up steaming hot. The misses make the hits so much sweeter. Definitely worth it to see the raw, unpolished side of stand-up. Where top comedians will be reading jokes off a note-pad and asking the audience for feedback as to which punchline they prefer. Then when you see that joke, weeks later, on stage at the Baxter or on TV on Comedy Central Africa – you’ll know you were part of the process.

What it Costs: R20 before 9pm. R30 thereafter.

Westley Cockrell making comedy. (Photo: Peter Sserwanga)

3. Kasi Comedy Nights.

Where: Mzoli’s Place, Ny 115, Guguletu.

What you get: Every Wednesday, at the iconic Mzoli’s Place – Kasi Comedy Night brings the comedy fire. It’s a rowdy, audience who laughs at every beat, and comedians enjoy every moment up there. There’s always a big name to headline, and the line ups are spattered with local guys trying their comedy chops as well as the more established Cape Town comics. This is definitely worth experiencing. Even if you’re not from Gugs.

The organisers increase security for these events, so if you’re worried about venturing into the townships – you needn’t be.

What it costs: R80.

Yaaseen Barnes brings the Kasi Comedy

 

THURSDAYS

Comedy On A River

Where: Slug and Lettuce, The River Club, Liesbeek Parkway, Observatory.

KG Mokgadi at Comedy on a River

What you get: Every last Thursday of the month, at 8.30pm, the Comedy on a Roll team present this show. In cosy room with velvet red curtains as the backdrop and top comedians making you chuckle.  The line-up will change every month and will give audience members a hilarious night of fun. The Slug & Lettuce has a fully licensed bar and restaurant.

What it costs: Tickets can be booked on 021 448 7906 /infocomedyonaroll@gmail.com for just R50.

Fridays and Saturdays:

The smaller venues don’t need comedians, they are too busy selling you booze on weekends. Your best bet is Cape Town Comedy Club.

See you around, the underground.

Martin Davis at Beerhouse Wednesdays (Photo: Peter Sserwanga)

*high five*

 

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