• Jive Cape Town Funny Festival
    Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, delivered by Turkish Airlines. Bringing laughter to the Mother City between 10 July and 6 August 2017. Only at the Baxter Theatre.

About

Eddy Cassar is the producer of the Cape Town Funny Festival.  In 1997 he founded South Africa’s first live comedy project, the Smirnoff Comedy Festival. The Cape Town Funny Festival followed in 2005. Since inception, it has run to capacity each winter at the Baxter Theatre. Eddy has travelled to the Edinburgh Festival for the last nine years in search of fresh talent which he showcases on the Cape Town Funny Festival.

Eddy Cassar Public Relations founded the country’s first comedy festival way back in 1997. Over the years the project evolved into the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, delivered by Turkish Airlines -  a month-long winter comedy variety show that runs at the Baxter Theatre.

In addition to showcasing the country’s great diversity and humour, the Funny Festival secures a range of speciality acts from around the world, giving the project its unique characteristic.

The Cape Town Funny Festival has numerous sponsors, namely Jive, Turkish Airlines, the City of Cape Town, the Cape Argus, Heart FM, the New Kings Hotel – Sea Point, and many more.

The performers are hand-picked by Funny Festival producer Eddy Cassar, and often recommended by previous performers themselves.

While in Cape Town, they also get to enjoy the very best that the Mother City has to offer, including special excursions thanks to our generous sponsors.  They arrive as performers, and leave as friends and ambassadors, and many performers return to the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival over the years. 

The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, delivered by Turkish Airlines, is one of the City of Cape Town's Premier Events, and the only one held in winter.

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2017 Performers

Meet Daniel Mpilo Richards

Meet Daniel Mpilo Richards

Daniel Mpilo Richards is a professional creative who prides himself on his versatility. He is an actor, writer, dancer, singer and musician.

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Mel Jones at #CTFunnyFestival 2017

Mel Jones at #CTFunnyFestival 2017

Mel takes laughter and hilarity very seriously and as one of only a handful of female comedians in the country, she is part of a very exclusive club.

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Dalin Oliver at #CTFunnyFestival 2017

Dalin Oliver at #CTFunnyFestival 2017

Dalin Oliver is a Cape Town based comedian and the radio sports presenter. His passion for the performance arts was trigged in 2010 when he won the UCT leg of Good Hope FM’s Campus DJ Search.

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Welcome back, Marc Lottering!

Welcome back, Marc Lottering!

Marc Lottering hails from Cape Town, and is one of South Africa’s top comedians. He has been in the funny business for 17 years and continues to keep audiences in stitches across the country.

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“Roosta” at #CTFunnyFest 2017

“Roosta” at #CTFunnyFest 2017

Originally from the Eastern Cape, Ndumiso Lindi is a brilliant and genuinely funny South Africa comedian, commonly known as The Roosta. His deep voice, booming laughter, soul-warming smile, booming and original content, leaves you laughing from the belly and proud to be African.

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He’s Back! Mario Queen of the Circus (US) – Full Festival

He’s Back! Mario Queen of the Circus (US) – Full Festival

Mario is the creation and alter ego of Clarke McFarlane, a New Jersey-born and New York City-schooled performer. First developed for the Off-Broadway hit “Planet Banana”, the character of Mario went solo in 2005 with his outdoor international festival show.

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INTRODUCING: Loyiso Madinga (10-22 July)

INTRODUCING: Loyiso Madinga (10-22 July)

You can’t tell from any distance but Loyiso Madinga is taller than he looks. In fact, he’s a giant on the inside.

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Meet Paul Dabek (UK) 10 July-1 August

Meet Paul Dabek (UK) 10 July-1 August

Paul’s dynamic and high-energy style, has garnered him multiple accolades and awards, sending him and his cheeky brand of magic to audiences across six continents.

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Welcome Captain Frodo (NOR) – Full Festival

Welcome Captain Frodo (NOR) – Full Festival

The son of a travelling Norwegian magician, Captain Frodo was born with the strange ability to be able to dislocate almost every joint in his body.

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He’s Back! Alan Committie at 2017 #CTFunnyFestival

He’s Back! Alan Committie at 2017 #CTFunnyFestival

Alan is a born and bred Capetonian and was a school teacher in another life. On the Cape Town Funny Festival, Alan is the genius master of ceremony, who holds the show together.

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Cape Town’s Winter comedic tonic, The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival delivered by Turkish Airlines returns to the Baxter Theatre for its 13th edition from 10 July to 6 August 2017.

Boasting a stellar cast, which includes three internationally acclaimed comedy variety performers, together with a top-class bevy of local stand-up comedians.

Read more at eddycassar.co.za/funnyfest2017/cape-towns-winter-comedic-tonic-returns/.
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The final day of our #FunnyFacts competition is here. Can you answer the question correctly?

5. Name the only female performer in #CTFunnyFestival 2017.
a. Shaleen Surtie Richards
b. Celeste Ntuli
c. Mel Jones
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#FunnyFacts Day 4 is here! Comment the correct answer and stand a chance to win double tickets to #CTFunnyFestival 2017!

4. 2017 #CTFunnyFestival performer, Dalin Oliver, was in which career before joining the comedy scene?
a. Doctor
b. Teacher
c. Salesman
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