July 17, 2010
Vodacom Funny Festival attracts 18 000 people
The Baxter Theatre. Photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe
More than 18 000 people attended the sixth annual Vodacom Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre over June and July, according to a press release.
The festival, of which Cape Town Tourism is a proud sponsor, took place during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and provided excellent alternative entertainment. “Considering that folk have had a range of entertainment options to choose from, we are very happy with our audience turnout”, said festival director Eddy Cassar.
The festival was made up of 32 performances at the Baxter Theatre, which played to 82% capacity.
The Vodacom Funny Festival has a strong outreach program and includes free shows on four university campuses and in community centres in and around Cape Town. The community shows, a new initiative introduced this year, saw comedy presented in Paarl, Khayelitsha and Athlone.
International participants included Mario: Queen of the Circus from New York; ventriloquist Paul Zerdin; musical comedians The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue and Paul Morocco, all from London; and Craig Hill from Edinburgh. Local comics included Alan Committie, Riaad Moosa, Al Prodgers, Mark Palmer, Zinzi Mangweni and Ndumiso Lindi. The seventh edition of the Vodacom Funny Festival is scheduled for June 13 through to July 17, 2011.