The Cape Town International Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in South Africa and is relaunching in 2020 for one week, from March 1 Artscape Theatre Centre.
The festival will host some of the most varied comedy shows and concepts produced in South Africa, catering for every comedy taste and presenting the latest global trends, with 15 international artists from the comedy capitals of the world joining South Africa’s funniest.
The original Cape Town Comedy festival launched in 1996, and was the first international comedy event on the continent. It staged hundreds of international artists from around the globe and sold more than a million tickets during its 16-year run. The festival has a proud history of introducing some of the most prominent comedians to SA, including, Jim Jeffries, Jimmy Carr, and Russell Peters. It also catapulted the careers of many local acts, like and Trevor Noah.
BAFUNNY BAFUNNY: The World Cup Funny Final (ONE SHOW ONLY)
What if comedy was a sport? Bafunny Bafunny is South Africa’s answer to a national comedy team competing at the World Cup of Funny. The star-studded cast, consisting of four of our funniest comedians, is ready to unite the nation through laughter in an epic showdown against four comedians from England, Scotland, USA and Malawi. Bafunny Bafunny is one of the highlights at this year’s Cape Town Comedy Festival.
March 1 at 7pm, tickets R190 – R285
U.N. COMEDY SHOW: 7 comedians, 7 countries, one ticket.
The United Nations of Comedy is the most extensive selection of comedy styles to be featured on a Cape Town stage. Nik Rabinowitz holds the SA flag alongside comedians from USA, India, England, Scotland, Australia and Malawi.
March 2-8 (excl March 4), 8pm daily plus 5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday, tickets R190 – R285
DANGER ZONE: Filthy, funny, not for the faint of heart or under 18s.
If you prefer your nachos a little more spicy, your coffee a little darker, this is the show for you. Featuring five international and two local heavyweight comedians, this no-holds-barred romp is fabulously filthy and dangerously funny. Danger Zone is always a crowd favourite and set to be the fastest-selling show at the festival.
March 2-8 at 8.30pm, and 5pm on March 8, tickets R190 – R285
DEALT: Global touring sensation Richard Turner, live in SA for the first time.
Richard Turner’s Dealt is a global phenomenon that entertains and inspires, and has received rave reviews coast to coast from the New York Times and LA Times. Gaming experts and gamblers know and respect him as a master card manipulator who could take down any old-west casino or wipe out any high-stakes gambler. Richard’s unparalleled skill with a deck of cards has stirred and staggered audiences throughout the world, and is the subject of an award winning documentary film.
March 2-8 at 7.30pm, tickets R150 – R190
BOOK CLUB: The best in local and international stand-up (ONE SHOW ONLY).
Bring your book club for this night of all-female and non-binary comedy featuring five international and two local female comedians.
March 4, 8pm, tickets R190 – R285
FUNNY TALKS: Lunchtime Q&A with industry experts.
From stand-up comedians to a renowned cartoonist and various leaders in their respective fields, there is something for everyone who has ever wondered, ‘Why? How? What?’ An entertaining and informative power hour hosted by Alfred Adriaan, think Ted Talks.
March 3-7 at 1pm, tickets R30.
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