The Very Big Comedy Show
Company: Rob van Vuuren Productions
The Very Big Comedy Show is back, featuring some great established and emerging comedians on one stage….
- Robby Collins jumped from the theatre circuit to television, landing roles on Scandal and Rhythm City, to two tours with Trevor Noah. He received an Emmy nomination for his writing on Late Night News with Loyiso Gola and earned a well-deserved nomination for “breakthrough act of the year” at the inaugural Comics’ Choice Awards. He’s done big league comic shows and his own solo tours.
- Lazola Gola is not only the brother of respected comedian Loyiso Gola, he is also a rising comedic star in his own right. With his hysterical and unique views on everyday life it’s no wonder he’s been the opening act for some of South Africa’s top comedians, including Trevor Noah, Kagiso Lediga, Eugene Khoza, Loyiso Gola, David Kibuuka and Stuart Taylor. Lazola has become a regular on the Joburg comedy scene, regularly performing at Gold Reef City, Monte Casino, Pretoria State Theatre.
- Gilli Apter’s strain of comedy is reflective, interactive and somewhat feminist in its bent. Apter’s style is mostly observational and her subjects, mostly autobiographical, are wide-ranging – from navigating the waters of being in her 30s to the curse of having to teach her parents about technology, to the reasons we no longer love Nicolas Cage. She has worked with the likes of Nik Rabinowitz and Marc Lottering and her writing credits include the sitcom Those Who Can’t and political satire ZA News.
- Loyiso Madinga may be short but he is taking great strides on his comedy journey. He has quickly became one of the hottest young acts to come out of South Africa, and won the title of ‘Newcomer of the Year 2014’ at the Comic’s Choice Awards. Loyiso is a regular on the comedy circuit and was part of the line up for Trevor Noah’s Nationwild tour and quickly became a regular on David Kau’s Blacks Only. He is a certified international comic having taken his show Too Short Too Black to the Busan International Comedy Festival in Busan, South Korea (2015), and hosted the first ever-English gala at the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland (2015). And he’s just warming up.
- Khanyisa Bunu is a South African comedienne and actor best known for her starring role on the SABC1 sitcom Ses’Top La. Khanyisa has performed at numerous comedy festivals and events, including the National Arts Festival, the Soweto Comedy Festival, Blacks Only and 99% Xhosa Comedy. She has made numerous television appearances as well, including on Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, the Comedy Central Roast Battle and The Bantu Hour on SABC2.
- Schalk Bezuidenhout was born in Kempton Park where the traditional Afrikaans way of living was a good life. But, as he evolved from an Afrikaans conservative caterpillar into a beautiful dramaqueen butterfly, complete with a moustache and furry afro, it was obvious to Schalk’s parents that he would study drama. While in Cape Town, Schalk slowly began to realise that there was so much more to life than boerewors and rugby, and started doing stand-up in 2011. On stage Schalk is fun and energetic and appeals to people of all kinds and colours.
- Corne & Twakkie are back in Grahamstown. ‘nuff said.