The Festival is strong on variety and speciality acts, whilst highlighting some of the top stand-up comedians in the country, resulting in an evening’s worth of world class entertainment and laughter.
The Funny Festival was founded by comedy entrepreneur and publicist Eddy Cassar, started from humble beginnings and has developed into an annual Winter comedic tonic for many Capetonians. Started way back in 1997, the Festival has developed into the largest of its type in the country and respected by international performers as a “blue-chip” event.
The Festival supports numerous charities either by offering generous bulk discounts to clubs, schools and civic associations, who use it as a fund raiser or by straight donations to the Red Cross Hospital Trust or the Mayoral Fund.
“The City of Cape Town is once again proud to host the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival delivered by Turkish Airlines. We have seen the festival grow from humble beginnings into one of South Africa’s premier comedy events. The calibre of local and international comedians it now attracts is a sign that the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival is on par with comedy festivals hosted in other major cities across the world. Events such as this not only provide opportunities, but also support our strategy to position Cape Town as the events capital of Africa,” said Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille.
This year’s international cast include Italy’s human cartoon and the UK’s top classical pianist turned comedian, together with local greats of the art form. They are:
Kev Orkian (UK) – regarded internationally as the world’s foremost piano comic – 19 July to 7 August
Ennio Marchetto (Italy) – The world’s only living cartoon and “comic origamist”- 21 July to 7 August
Marc Lottering (SA) – The country’s top comic – full festival
Alan Committie (SA) – The top master of ceremony in the country
Glen Biderman-Pam (SA) – top actor and comic whose star is on the rise – full festival
Gino Fabbri (SA) – top impersonator shares his talent with the Festival – full festival
Carl Wastie (SA) – small of stature with the courage of a lion – full festival
Yaaseen Barnes (SA) – past “up and coming winner” now a top comic,returns to the festival
The Big Boys (SA) – Cape Town’s top cabaret duo on their first festival appearance – full festival
Tickets are R170 each and are available through Computicket. Generous discounts are offered with bulk bookings.
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