The Funny Festival, Cape Town’s winter comedy tonic and the country’s largest live comedy festival, is now on at the Baxter Theatre until July 7. The comedy showcase has this year been rechristened the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, as a result of new sponsor Jive Cooldrink coming onboard.
The project, now in its ninth year, showcases the best of local and international comedy. The international artists represent a selection of top specialty acts from around the world.
The international “delegation” is headed by the UK’s leading comedy pianist Kev Orkian, who is no stranger to Cape Town, a city he has fallen in love with. In the last year, he has played throughout the world with some of the giants of the music and comedy industries, including, Elton John, Catherine Jenkins, James Blunt, Dame Edna, Stephen Fry and many more.
The international acts includes Somali comic Prince Abdi, who is all the rage in London with his Bollywood routines; Canadian Mooky Cornish, a former lead clown of Cirque du Soleil; UK juggler, balancer and wordsmith Steve Rawlings; and “Spanish” crooner Wilfredo, who sings in the style of Julio Iglesias, but sexier, and is accompanied by local young guitarist, Taylor Jackson.
With the likes of Marc Lottering, Siv Ngesi, Alan Committie, Carl Wastie and Guy McDonald adding some local flavour and a couple of hilarious audience participation skits thrown in for good measure, it all adds up to a laughter filled night out, something that is bound to get the blood flowing to suffering extremities of the winter cold. Committie acts as ringmaster, holding the show together.
The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival has developed its own brand of comedy, which is strong in unique specialty acts, all of which are sought after on the global festival circuit. The show content is family friendly, though parental guidance is advised.
* Tickets cost R150 each and are available through Computicket. There are generous discounts for group ticket sales.