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Soweto International Comedy Festival is back at the Soweto Theatre in May

April 13, 2013
Soweto International Comedy Festival

Soweto International Comedy Festival

Once again the annual Soweto International Comedy Festival is coming to the Soweto Rheatre on Friday, 3 and Saturday, 4 May. This time around Premium Comedy is bringing International comedy heavy weights; Griff of Def Comedy Jams (USA), Magic Man (Canada), Martin Davis (UK) and George Kuda (Zimbabwe) will be headlining the shows.

Griff (USA) is a native of California who now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Blessed (and cursed) with a raspy baritone voice, this insomniac headliner’s quick wit and sometimes-dark improve is a sure-fire hit. He claims to be the only African American who knows what the sport of cricket is and probably one of few Americans who knows that Johannesburg downtown area makes New York City look small.

Comedian by night and morning show radio personality by day, Griff has opened for major acts like The Kings and Queens of Comedy and DL Hughley. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his commentary on the Street Skillz radio show and hosted Fox Sports’ Thunderbox

Martin Davis (UK): Looking like some bizarre marionette tug-of-love struggle between Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, Davis skids and bounces across the stage, strung up and tugged around by unknown forces, firing off a relentless rapid-fire assault that hits every corner of the room and kills 100% of all known hecklers stone dead. Going where mere joke-tellers fear to tread with his characteristic kamikaze bravado (“Go on, heckle me”) he walks the razor edge of audience participation, daring them to pick him off it.

However, giggling does not stop there – Davis has wowed audiences at the Kilkenny International Comedy Festival, The Smirnoff Mule Comedy Festival in Durban and Cape Town, South Africa, and the Lowlands Festival, Holland. 1999 ended with a sellout one-man show in Grahamstown and Ratanga Junction, Cape Town. With several years of acting experience behind him, he has wide appeal, from appearances in the BBC production of Bulla, starring Ricky Grover, to a variety of foreign adverts.

This will be a reunion for Davis and the Zimbabwean-born, George Kuda and who has been a comedian since 2007 at Nomad Comedy’s Open Mic Nights at Tony’s Bar and Grill, Randburg. Kuda has shared stages with renowned stand up comedians such as Martin Jonas, John Vlismas, Vittoria Leonardi, Joe Parker, Alyn Adams, Chris Forrest, Ronnie Madimola, Many Knight (UK), Darren Maule, Trevor Noah and Al Prodgers.

World-class performer Magic Man is one of the most experienced and well-travelled magicians in the country. He has been touring North America, Canada and Asia for the past 15 years building an impressive list of achievements. From the Rolling Stones at the Sticky Fingers restaurant in London to the “wrap-up” party in Vancouver for U2’s Zooropa Tour, Magic Man has entertained the finest!

He has worked at the Edinburgh Festival and headlined at top nightspots across Europe, Canada and South Korea. He also spent two years on some of the finest cruise-liners in the world, entertaining the rich and famous.

This promises to be a world class event, comedians coming together to bring us a fresh approach in comedy. Tickets cost between R120 and R150 and can be bought at Computicket and at the door.

First published in Media Update

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