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- March 2019

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Need a good laugh? We all do, especially when surrounded by corporates who prefer to discuss economics over a whiskey instead mulling over the punch line to your latest variation of “a horse walks into a bar”…

Why not break the ice at your next event with the help of a seasoned comedian who will definitely get not only that horse into the bar but the economic naysayers away from the bar and to the stage. In this month’s newsletter, we are going to look at some featured comedians in our three metros and a bonus category for those not living the metropolitan life.

Johannesburg

A relatively fresh face to the Johannesburg comedy scene, Alfred Adriaan is a powerhouse of belly laughs and sharp wit, having already bagged two South African Comic’s choice nominations. Not only that, but he has also graced our TV screens with a lead role in Kyknet’s movie, Hospitaal. He bases his comedy on his childhood in the small Eastern Cape town of Hankey (no lies). Alfred’s set runs for 30 minutes and requires a professional PA system, handheld or cordless microphone, a spotlight, and a stage. Starting at R21 000 ex VAT and support services.

With the media crowning her the funniest woman in South Africa as well as holding the title of one of the top three MCs, as named by the Sunday Times, Krijay Govender is no stranger to the comedy stage. Keen eyes will recognize her as Hemali from popular soapie Isidingo, as well as her roles in Generations and Zero Tolerance. Not only is she blessed with comedic chops, but she’s got the beauty as well, having won Miss India SA in 1994 and most importantly, she’s got the brains as a published academic with a Masters degree in the Arts. Krijay performs a 45-minute set and requires a professional PA system, handheld or cordless microphone, a spotlight, and a stage; and starts at R21 600 ex VAT and support services.

Cape Town

If you haven’t seen South Africa’s favourite doctor turned comedian, Riaad Moosa, you may be missing out. This “Comedy Doctor” cures what ails with the best medicine of all, a hearty dose of laughter. Fresh of his appearance in Netflix’s Comedians of The World, which aired globally, he is a highly sought after comedian for events. Riaad does 30 to 40-minute set and requires a professional PA system, handheld or cordless microphone, a spotlight, and a stage. Price starting at R38 500 ex VAT and support services.

A true Cape Town comedian with a very recognisable style, Mel Jones is an award-nominated entertainer with more than just a good punch-line in her repertoire. Listeners will recognise her voice from her popular breakfast radio show, but she has also featured on many a small screen since hosting SABC3's Comedy Showcase, among many other projects. Mel prides herself on her comedy brand that is rooted in authenticity and high-energy – just the person to get an event going. Her sets run 30 to 40-minutes and she requires a professional PA system, handheld or cordless microphone, a spotlight, and a stage. Price starting from R18 000.00 ex VAT and support services.

Durban

A true showman and one of South Africa’s most beloved comedians, Aaron McIlroy is glued to the stage, much like your guests will be when he starts his set. Of course, many will also recognise him as the Spud’s dad from the highly popular Spud movies. His latest routine takes on ADHD and turns perceptions on its head as he tackles the “problems” of living with a chaotic mind. Aaron’s corporate sets run up to 60 minutes and he requires a PA system with a sound desk and effect such as reverb, a handheld radio microphone, a mic stand with a round base and mini jack run to the stage in order to control his iPad from the stage. Prices starting at R30 000 ex VAT and support services.

Mixing a catchy tune with sharply delivered jokes is never easy, but Lisa Bobbert does just that with her talented and razor-sharp insights and characters. Having starred in productions like The Rocky Horror Show, Abamaniacs and Defending the Planet, this comedienne is a mixture of talent and comedy that come together to win over any audience. Her motivational talk, "I'm not okay, You're not okay and that's okay!" is a wonderfully funny musing on overcoming life’s disappointments. Lisa’s show is a 60-minute comedy cabaret requiring a PA system with a sound desk and effects such as reverb, one handheld radio microphone, one mic stand with a round base and a CD player. Prices starting from R19 250 ex VAT and support services.

Bonus

Based in Port Elizabeth, Gino Fabbri takes comedy back to the days of wacky characters and off-the-cuff wit. With a repertoire of 20 characters, Gino selects 6 that best suits the event, and well, suits up for his set. This means that his performance is unique every time, with the chance to have characters tailored to incorporate the theme of an event. A highlight of his set is when he goes from master comedian to sudden dance master with his Evolution of Dance number – during which he performs 50 dance styles in 7 minutes (moves that guests will probably try an emulate later on the dancefloor). Gino’s show runs roughly 45-minutes and requires a PA system with a sound desk for sound effects, a radio microphone, mic stand, mini jack to sound desk laptop connection, a spotlight with an operator to follow his performance and a stage. Prices starting from R25 000 ex VAT and support services.

We’d also like to offer some interesting updates from the South African entertainment world. First of all, we would like to extend a massive congratulations to Soweto Gospel Choir for taking home the 2019 Grammy award for Best World Music. It is always so inspiring to see home-grown talent succeed on the international stage.

Secondly, who’s been watching etv or eNCA lately? Have you seen Chester Missing’s new show? ‘Almost News with Chester Missing’ has been getting rave reviews, and in January he wowed Australian audiences at The Fringe World Festival. Clearly, our entertainers are taking over the world.

Even Bart Simpson got a taste of South African entertainment when our very own Larry Soffer had the chance to meet and perform for Nancy Cartwright, the voice behind one of the world’s most beloved cartoon troublemakers!

And lastly, Mango Groove will be producing a 30th Anniversary Concert, starting at the Teatro theatre, Montecasino on the 8th and 9th of March. What a great way to spend a night of nostalgia with a band that has told so much of our history through their music.

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