The Vodacom Funny Festival which runs at the Baxter Theatre from 11 June to 8 July presents a selection of award-winning acts of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, together with best of local comics and a number of newcomers.
The bill includes a host of international comedians, some new names and numerous local stalwarts of the industry. The Festival, now in its eighth year has run at capacity since inception. Some 20 000 comedy lovers are expected to fill the 30 performances.
The Funny Festival has developed its own brand of comedy which is strong in specialty acts with a difference.
The foreign contingent is headed by Londoner Kev Orkian, whose memorable performances at last year’s Funny Festival, have resulted in a recall. Kev was voted “Best Musical Comedian” at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has since been in huge demand all over the world. He returns with a new show.
Mombasa born and UK raised comic Imran Yusuf, who was awarded “Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival” joins the cast. Imran’s multi-cultural background makes him an interesting comedian with a large fan base. His appearances on the Michael McIntyre Show and hard work ethic have landed him his own BBC TV show. Imran is destined to be a hit at the Festival.
The Boy with Tape on his Face hails from Christchurch New Zealand, but his international acclaim and performance on the Royal Variety Show 2011 has made an international celebrity performer. He is the popular face of the Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney Comedy Festivals and the recipient of numerous international awards.
Japanese comedians, Gamarjobat join the cast. The duo are winners of many awards at Festivals in Asia and Europe, the “kings of silent comedy” are so unique they are difficult to describe. They present a physical comedy master-class which develops into a perfectly choreographed feast of visual jokes.
UK speed painter Jon Hicks has a unique act which thrills variety shows the world over. To say more will not do it justice and will spoil the impact.
Local comics include the country’s most talented comedy host, Alan Committie, local super comic and icon of the industry, Kurt Schoonraad, new Afrikaans comic Piet Potgieter, Good Hope FM breakfast team DJ, Carl Wastie and new boy on the block, Kagiso Mokgadi, or KG as he prefers to be known.
Include a couple of skits, audience participation and a creative set and you have the best comedy festival in the country.
Tickets cost R140 each and are available through Computicket. There are generous discounts for groups. Visit facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vodacom-Funny-Festival/113514282006247.
Issued by Eddy Cassar Public Relations on behalf of the Vodacom Funny Festival.
Eddy Cassar – 082 450 3151
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