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May 29, 2014

8 Astounding Jive Cape Town Funny Festival Facts You Must Read Today

The 10th Jive Cape Town Funny Festival opened to roaring applause on 26 March and if the audience response is anything to go by, the 2014 lineup is the best one yet.  Here are 8 Funny Fest Facts and reasons why you should buy your tickets today!




Performers spend years developing their craft and continue to hone their skills through the years.

  • Japanese graphic artist and mime Yosuke Ikeda's opening act may only be about 4 minutes long, but it took him a year to create, fine-tune and perfect.
  • Pickpocket Christian Lindemann refined his skill by practicing on a store mannequin fitted with bells.
  • The genius behind Mario - Queen of the Circus has been juggling since he was 10 years old. The character has been a solo act for the past 9 years and he has carried over 1 000 people on his shoulders while riding his unicycle.  Talk about experience! 




The stage backdrop sports over 2 000 Jive 2l cooldrink bottles!


Yosuke Ikeda isn't the only product of Japan to grace the stage.  Mario - Queen of the Circus rides on a Miyata unicycle, a high-end and respected unicycle brand from - you guessed it - Japan.



Over the years, the Funny Festval has evolved into an international variety feast of funny, and this year is no different.  

From the gentle beginnings of Yosuke Ikeda's smart mix of graphic art and mime to Christian Lindemann's King of Pickpockets, juggling Latin lothario, Mario - Queen of the Circus and a host of stand-up routines in between, the 10th Jive Funny festival combines a diverse range of comedy acts.  All equally word-class.  All equally funny. 




Good Hope FM's annual Laugh Master talent search identfies the newest bright stars of comedy, with the winner getting the chance to rub shoulders with high-profile performers on the Funny Festival stage. This year produced not one, but two winners! Stuart Cairns will be on stage until 7 June, with Yaseen Barnes stepping into the spotlight from the 8th.

In addition, 3rd year UCT student and multiple award winner Schalk Bezuidenhout will set the stage alight until 22 June.  Schalk may have traded his signature mop of hair for a potty-cut, but he hasn't lost any of his charm. His Sewende Laan skit has had audience members crying with laughter.




Exciting news for fans is that Trevor Noah was recently added as the newest addition to the lineup, and will perform between 9 and 22 June.  Trevor is currently one of the world's top rated comedians and enjoys international acclaim. 


Tickets are selling like hot cakes, not only because the shows are so popular, but because schools and charitable organisations have realised the value of buying bulk tickets at a discount and selling them as part of their fundraising efforts.  This formula clearly works, as many organisations - like the NSRI - return to the show year on year.  

But seriously though - tickets are flying so don't delay in buying yours.  The organisers have already opened two additional shows.




Come to the show and you will walk away a winner.  There's a gift voucher in your Funny Festival programme, giveaways during the show and the chance to win a trip to London if you participate in the #JivetakemetoLondon social media selfie competition.  These delightful surprises are only available to audience members.


Full Festival: 26 May - 22 June

  • Shaleen Surtie-Richards
  • Carl Wastie
  • Schalk Bezuidenhout
  • Yosuke Ikeda (Japan)
  • Christian Lindemann (Germany)
  • Felicity Ward (Australia)
  • Mario - Queen of the Circus (USA)

Limited Time Only

  • Marc Lottering (26 May - 31 May)
  • Stuart Cairns (26 May - 7 June)
  • Nik Rabinowitz (2 - 7 June)
  • Riaad Moosa (9 - 14 June)
  • Trevor Noah (9 - 22 June)
  • Yaseen Barnes (8 - 22 June)
  • Kev Orkian (16 - 22 June)



The 10th Jive Cape Town Funny Festival runs until 22 June.  Book your seats at Computicket.

(Images courtesy of Eddy Cassar Public Relations)

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