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August 11, 2011

Nando’s Cape Town Comedy Festival

Pablo Francisco Nandos Comedy

Pablo Francisco will be headlining this year’s Nando’s Cape Town Comedy Festival. Photo courtesy Hunta Live

For an evening of tasty comedy as only local food chain Nando’s can deliver, don’t miss the annual Nando’s Cape Town Comedy Festival at the Artscape Theatre this week.

Running until August 14, this popular festival features a prime selection of the best American and local comedians on the circuit, including Mark Eddie as the host, Michael Loftus, Dan Cummins, Greg Behrendt, Pablo Francisco as the headlining act, Ndumiso Lindi and Graca Comedy Showdown winner Carl Weber. The Jozi Graca Comedy Showdown winner, Lindzy Msimang, was a special guest for the Women’s Day opening night of the show.

While Eddie warms up the audience with his musical and comical dexterity (his rendition of The Alphabet Song to the tune of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together is a scream!) and keeps them entertained between acts, the comedians hit their punch lines with pizzazz.

Behrendt, best known for penning the relationship bestseller He’s Just Not That Into You, places his own union under hilarious scrutiny. Competing with his wife’s celebrity crush, and crossing off items from his Capetonian bucket list, are just a few of the funny sketches to look out for.

Loftus, a popular writer/performer in the US (his penmanship is the brilliance behind the sitcom Outsourced), delights the audience with his take on South African slang and currency, while Cummins’s humorous and controversial views on parenting and wildlife conservation are sure to raise a few eyebrows and many chuckles.

Headliner Francisco is a tour de force with his beat-boxing, voice impressions and impersonations. No one is safe from his talents, and his imitations of Dr Phil, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Paris Hilton are fantastic.

Our local comedians hold their own against the international funnymen. From Lindi’s take on depressed animals in the suburbs and the benefits of having multiracial friends, to Weber’s amusing musings on Capetonian women’s reaction to violence and horror movies, the audience gets a good dose of local humour. And Msimang’s gripes about lip-syncing pop stars and overeager radio listeners will have you laughing.

Book at Computicket www.computicket.com or +27 (0)861 915 8000.

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