The Very Big Comedy Show V
The 5th annual comedy gala show produced by Rob van Vuuren promises yet another belly-acing experience. Featuring a host of comedians from the Fringe and Arena performing on one stage for one night only. Don’t miss Loyiso Gola, Nik Rabinowitz, Tats Nkonzo, Louise Reay, Alan Committie, Mojak Lehoko, Prins and host Rob van Vuuren in THE VERY BIG COMEDY SHOW V
Meet the comedians…
With a stack of awards, accolades and achievements to his name, Loyiso Gola is a comedic force not to be taken lightly. He is best known as the host, co-producer and writer of the twice Emmy nominated satirical news show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola.
- See Loyiso on the Fringe in Loyiso Gola is Unlearning | Thomas Pringle Hall, 30 June to 8 July
Nik Rabinowitz was raised on the mean, green streets of Constantia, Cape Town, a world of ride-bys, piano lessons, and unrelenting love and financial support from family members. Despite all this hardship, he still managed to be moderately successful, achieving fame as the world’s foremost Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian… who has just turned 40.
- See Nik in Fortyfied | St Andrew’s Hall, 4 to 8 July
After beginning his stand-up career in a dingy bar in 2010, Mojak Lehoko went on to debut his one-man show How Did I Get Here in Johannesburg and Cape Town to great reviews. His comedy could be regarded as observational and spontaneous, with a knack for identifying the humour in even the most “dire” of circumstances.
- See Mojak in Rewriting History | Scout Hall, 29 June to 8 July
Firing up his audience with his unique brand of observational humour, Tats Nkonzo is establishing himself as a comic force to be reckoned with. With his arsenal of humour, intellect and a guitar, Tats brings a flavour to stand up comedy that is unrivalled.
- See Tats in Tata Nkonzo is Privileged | Masonic Back, 30 June to 8 July
Award-winning British comedian Louise Reay continues to blaze a trail with her provocative and hilarious brand of comedy – performing entirely in Chinese for a non-Chinese speaking audience.
- See Louise in It’s Only Birds | The Hangar, 1 to 7 July
Alan Committie is an award-winning comic who traverses the world of stand-up, writing, directing and producing. He was the star of Defending the Caveman for 943 performances and has produced 16 stand-up shows over the years, including Stressed to Kill, Titanic on Ice, The Sound of Laughter, No, Seriously? and Love Factually.
- See Alan in 180 Punchlines! (three laughs a minute) | The Bowling Club, 6 and 8 July
The comedian formally and informally known as ‘Prins’ is a young, skinny and brown jester who started his comedy tenure when he joined the Rhodes University improv comedy troupe, NATCAF, in 2011. He moved to Johannesburg to pursue comedy and, in 2016, won the Comics Choice Breakthrough Comic of the Year Award.
- See Prins in Unnecessary | Scout Hall, 30 June to 6 July
Rob van Vuuren has been doing the Festival for far too long. He’s brought serious drama, cute kids’ stuff and hysterical, not-very-PC comedy; he’s written, directed and produced. He’s made the Long Table his second home. He’s won awards and made awards (memorably a Salami Award to the Festival CEO with side-kick Corne) And we’re sure that one day he’ll even get his Fringe forms in before the deadline. Oh, and he’s funny too, physically, frenetically, hysterically funny.