Farhan Esat

Comedian and MC - Johannesburg
Farhan Esat


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

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)
  • Top 5 "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 Swaziland International Comedy Festival (2017)
  • Guest act for Tol Ass Mo’s “Tsek Sun, It’s Personal” shows in Johannesburg & Pretoria (2018)
  • Headlined Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival comedy evening (2018)
  • Appeared on the season premiere of “Mzansi Comedy Nights” (Mzansi Magic, DSTV channel 161), which was filmed live at Taboo Night Club in Sandton (2018)
  • Conducted a whirlwind tour of Cape Town in December, doing 17 shows in 10 nights (2018)
  • Performed on The Dan Nicholl Show (SuperSport) (2019)
  • Featured on the all-star “Penny For A Laugh” charity comedy tour, which took place in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, performing to over 5000 people (2019)
  • Landed his first lead role in an international commercial for Nando’s (AMEA region) (2019)

Farhan has served as master of ceremonies (MC) / programme director, auctioneer and performed stand-up comedy at numerous private events (such as wedding receptions & birthday parties), as well as for a wide range of corporates and non-profit organisations including:

  • Abacus Insurance
  • Accidental Muslims
  • Adapt IT
  • Akeso Psychiatric Clinics
  • All About Insurance
  • AM Consulting Engineers
  • Angels Baby Sanctuary
  • Business Systems Group (Africa)
  • CityNet Commercial Property
  • Exxaro
  • Facilities Management Expo
  • Gift of the Givers
  • Halaal Goods Market
  • Hello Group
  • HR Advance
  • Ibbamo Foundation
  • Johannesburg Indian Women's Association
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • Lenasia Athletics Club
  • MOvember
  • Nedbank
  • Nike
  • Northern Spark Refinery
  • Penny Appeal South Africa
  • Pretoria Hindu Society
  • Roshgold Investments
  • South African Depression & Anxiety Group
  • Shiraz Auto (Mercedes-Benz)
  • Standard Bank Africa
  • South African Local Government Association
  • Telesure
  • Tsogo Sun
  • Young Presidents Organisation



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