Farhan Esat

Comedian and MC - Johannesburg
Farhan Esat


Farhan Esat made his stand-up comedy debut in 2012, professionally in 2014, and has become a regular performer on the South African comedy circuit. He has performed at prestigious venues such as Parker’s Comedy & Jive, Emperor’s Palace, Pretoria State Theatre, Armchair Theatre, Cape Town Comedy Club, Whackhead’s Comedy Club & the Goliath Comedy Club.

Some of his career highlights to date include:

  • Opening act for Carl Joshua Ncube’s “Feel Good Zimbabwe” tour (2014)
  • Semi-finalist in the Montreux (Swiss) International Comedy Competition (2014 & 2015)
  • Opening act for Riaad Moosa's "Best of” shows in Lenasia (2015)
  • Nominated by his peers as "Best Newcomer of the Year" at the South Africa Comics Choice Awards (2015 & 2016)
  • Performed with Anne Kansiime to 4000 people at a sold-out Harare International Convention Centre (2016)
  • Featured on some of South Africa's biggest ensemble comedy shows including Kings & Queens of Comedy (3000 people at a sold-out Sandton Convention Centre) (2016)
  • Opening act for Riaad Moosa's new "Life Begins" show (2017)
  • Performed at the Clarens Comedy Festival (in partnership with Comedy Central) (2017)
  • Headlined the "Just for Laughs" stage at the inaugural Swaziland International Comedy Festival (2017)
  • Filmed live for Mzansi Magic’s “Mzansi Comedy Nights” (DSTV channel 161) (2018)

Farhan has served as programme director/Master of Ceremonies (MC), auctioneer & performed stand-up comedy at private events (such as birthday parties & weddings), as well as for a wide range of organisations including:

  • Adapt IT
  • Akeso Psychiatric Clinics
  • All About Insurance
  • AM Consulting Engineers (AMCE)
  • Angels Baby Sanctuary
  • Business Systems Group (Africa)
  • Facilities Management (FM) Expo
  • Gift of the Givers
  • HR Advance
  • Johannesburg Indian Women's Association (JIWA)
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • Lenasia Athletics Club
  • MOvember
  • Nedbank
  • Nike
  • Palm Continental Hotel
  • Pretoria Hindu Society
  • South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)
  • Shiraz Auto (Mercedes-Benz)
  • Standard Bank Africa
  • South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
  • Young Presidents Organisation (YPO)


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