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On: Kagiso Lediga

After a day at Robben Island and a night spent showing up-and-coming comedians how to handle a crowd, it is surprising that Kagiso Lediga is only about to debut his one-man comedy show this year, writes Helen Herimbi. Our bus is the first to leave the outside quarters and enter...
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On: Tracy Klass

Tracy Klass is a class act. I promise I’ll stop talking like that. The veteran comedienne, who has performed as part of the Cape Comedy Collective as well as alongside Mel Jones, has quite a following in Cape Town. But next month, she takes her debut one-woman show, Klass Struggle,...
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On: Jimmy Carr

If hilarity is the best medicine, we’re glad Jimmy Carr is bringing his Laughter Therapy Tour to South Africa. Helen Herimbi spoke to the controversial comedian. To borrow from novelist Meera Syal: life isn’t all ha ha hee hee. That’s why, sometimes, we need to see a professional. Fret not,...
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On: Akin Omotoso

On: Akin Omotoso

Akin Omotoso’s second feature film, Man On Ground, is a work close to the filmmaker’s heart, writes Helen Herimbi. The revolving doors swivelled in the silence. Everyone sat so still that wind colliding with skin would sound like a scream. Then Hakeem Kae-Kazim walked through the hotel’s merry-go-round-like entrance and...
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On: John Vlismas

A decade since he performed his first one-man show, John Vlismas brings his new show back to where it all began, writes Helen Herimbi. According to his Wikipedia page – yes, his presence on the World Wide Web is all that and a bag of chips – John Vlismas is...
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On: Loyiso Gola

Fresh from the sold out Joburg leg of his new one-man show, Life and Times, Loyiso Gola is bringing it all back home. Helen Herimbi got the skinny. By the time we eventually find parking in the crowded city centre, Loyiso Gola has told me where to party, which people...
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On: Themba Ndaba

Themba Ndaba chats about playing the bad guy, remaining convincing and being a platinum blonde, writes Helen Herimbi. Themba Ndaba is dressed to the nines. He walks tall in the BEE uniform: a high collared shirt with a suede jacket and pointy club shoes to match. He is wearing the...
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On: Ewok

Does hip-hop hibernate when it’s National Arts Festival season? Helen Herimbi is still wondering after seeing one sweet hip-hop-based production as well as one that left her sour. There are five elements of hip-hop: Emceeing, DJ-ing, B-Boying, Graffiti and Knowledge Of Self. In Spitfire, Ian “Ewok” Robinson brilliantly epitomises them...
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On: Cokey Falkow

On: Cokey Falkow

By Helen Herimbi “I won’t say f*** in every second sentence,” assures Cokey Falkow. With his one-night only stand-up comedy show taking place at The Wits University Great Hall in Johannesburg this evening, Falkow wants big laughs from open-minded people. “I’m not a really, really, really rude comic, I mean,...
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On: South African Comedy Awards

On: South African Comedy Awards

By Helen Herimbi Knock knock? Who’s there? The South African Comedy Awards, of course. OK, so I am not a comedian, but the first (ever) Comedy Awards promise to honour the professionals. On September 17, deserving stand-up comedians, funny actors, writers and others will be awarded at the Artscape Theatre...
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