Cape Town’s Winter comedic tonic, The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival delivered by Turkish Airlines returns to the Baxter Theatre from 10 July to 6 August 2017. Boasting a stellar cast of top-class local stand-up comedians and internationally acclaimed comedy variety performers, the show is best described as a gala showcase where local stand-up comics meet five-star international variety performers.
Founded and curated by Eddy Cassar in 1997, the 2017 Cape Town Funny Festival is the thirteenth edition of the comedy project. Over the years it has become one of the City’s jewel events, addressing seasonality, culture and heritage. The Festival consists of thirty performances, showcasing the Mother City’s top, comedic talent alongside some the world’s foremost variety acts.
The local cast includes super comic Marc Lottering, radio sports presenter turned comedian Dalin Oliver, recent Naledi Theatre Award winner Daniel Mpilo Richards, Cape Town’s top female comic Mel Jones, together with Johannesburg-based comics, Loyiso Madinga and Ndumiso Lindi.
The show is held together by South Africa’s leading master of ceremonies, Alan Committie. Well known for his one-man shows and his directing and acting acumen, Alan is respected as a top class master of ceremony wherever he performs. In the UK, where he regularly showcases his work as MC, he draws strong reviews. One gets the feeling that the comedic actor could develop his career internationally by performing more frequently on an international arena.
The international variety performers at this year’s Cape Town Funny Festival include Mario: Queen of the Circus from the US, comedic contortionist, Captain Frodo from Norway and award-winning, Edinburgh Fringe Festival comedy magician, Paul Dabek from London.
Mario: Queen of the Circus’s act revolves around the music of the 1980s super group Queen and the artist’s skill and talent in juggling and holding a crowd. Initially a street performer in New York City, Mario’s fascination with the band, Queen, led to the creation of his persona, Freddie Mercury. He now travels the world performing in the most important variety shows on the globe.
Captain Frodo is one of Norway’s top cultural exports. He has been performing in circuses since the age of four. Born with ability to dislocate most of his joints, Frodo developed his act with a strong comic overture. He now tours the world with top circuses and with the award-winning variety spectacular show, La Soiree, where his act thrills audiences nightly.
Over the last few years, Londoner, Paul Dabek’s career has followed a rapid upward trajectory. The charming magician has developed a routine, which has a spectacular ending, too good to share here and best experienced live in the theatre. He has been rewarded with accolades on the Adelaide Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he has developed a strong fan base.
The Cape Town Funny Festival tries to accommodate as many local performers as possible, offering some of them a two-week run. It is, therefore important to check the website to see who is on a particular show. However, Alan Committie, Marc Lottering, Mario: Queen of the Circus and Captain Frodo perform for the full festival. The detailed list is below:
Tickets cost R190 each, with generous discounts offered to groups of ten or more. The Cape Town Funny Festival has become a favourite fundraiser for many local clubs, schools, charities and organisations. It is billed as a “fun night out for the entire family”.
Booking can be done through Computicket. Group bookings can be made by calling the Baxter Theatre on 021 6857800.
The complete line-up is as follows:
Alan Committie (SA) – Master of ceremonies – full festival
Marc Lottering (SA) – full festival
Captain Frodo (Norway) – full festival
Mario Queen of the Circus (US) – full festival
Paul Dabek (UK) – 10 July – 2 August only
Mel Jones (SA) – 10 – 22 July only
Loyiso Madinga (SA) – 10 – 22 July only
Ndumiso Lindi – (SA) – 25 July – 6 August only
Dalin Oliver (SA) –25 July – 6 August only
Daniel Mpilo Richards (SA) 2-6 August only
The line-up is subject to change without notification.