The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary at the Baxter Theatre this year, with a run that includes both local heavy weights and top international performers.
PETER TROMP chatted to a handful of the comedians that audiences can look forward to at this 10th anniversary comedic jol.
This is the tenth year of the Jive Funny Festival. How would you say comedy has changed during the last decade?
Felicity Ward (Australia): YouTube has changed how people watch and engage in comedy. The plus side is that more people can access your material. The downside is you’ve got to turn your material over quicker.
Stuart Cairns (SA): In South Africa over the last 10 years comedy has grown into a viable industry. Internationally, it has since the sixties, been an institution particularly in the USA and Europe. In terms of the Funny Fesival itself, this is my first, so I’m not sure if I can comment on its evolution.
Schalk Bezuidenhout (SA): I think in SA comedy has grown immensely in terms of material. SA comedians now write material that is original, creative and of an international standard.
How have you matured as a performer during that time?
Carl Wastie (SA): I have grown 0,36cm.
FW: I have learnt about fabric softener. Mature people use fabric softener.
Yosuke Ikeda (Japan): I’m a pantomime now, but I have been trying to acquire various art forms, such as dancing, juggling and magic. I’ve been struggling to combine those art forms into a totally new form of art.
What can audiences look forward to with this year’s show?
SB: A lot of variety. I applaud Eddy Cassar for that. It’s hard on an audience to watch straight stand-up for 3 hours. The acts are all hilarious, but have different brands and countries of origin. You will not be disappointed.
CW: We’re putting the “RIOT” into Va”RIOTY”!
YI: I just want to show them something they’ve never seen. All they need to do is watch and be surprised.
FW: We are all going to find out together whether Australian comedy translates to South Africa.
How would you describe your brand of comedy?
FW: Usually a lot filthier than this.
SC: I’m a rant/ impersonation and self-deprecating comedic act.
CW: On radio, I use wit and at the Funny Festival, slapstick.
SB: I’m an alternative Afrikaans guy and I talk about topics that all people can enjoy.
YI: Mime with graphics and acoustic arts – comedy without language.
What was the last thing that totally cracked you up?
FW: Eddie Peppitone. He’s an American comic and I saw him at a gig in February. I almost had to leave the room as I was making such a scene, laughing and snorting and crying. It was almost embarrassing, if it wasn’t so funny.
YI: The other day I went for a jog along Sea Point Pavillion. There are a lot of lampposts at even intervals. I found that every lamppost has seagulls on the top. It looks very cute and funny. It’s not a big laugh, but makes me very happy.
SC: Celebrities reacting to negative tweets on Jimmy Kimmels. (Find it on YouTube.)
* The four-week Festival runs at the Baxter Theatre until June 22.
Tickets are available through Computicket, with substantial discounts for groups of more than ten.