Comedy thrives in a city as vibrant and culturally diverse as Cape Town. It’s also a humorous window into the culture of a place, and Cape Town has no shortage of comedic commentary. Visit a comedy club, show, or festival anywhere in Cape Town and whatever your taste in comedy, you will find plenty to laugh at. Here are some of our best places to see comedy in Cape Town, in no particular order.
The Cape Town Comedy Club, V&A Waterfront
The Cape Town Comedy Club at the Pumphouse, V&A Waterfront, is at the forefront of top class entertainment with its line up of great comedians, both local and international. The club has a variety of special offers, including half-price Sundays, Happy Hour, and Mid-week Madness. Their own speciality beer on tap is a perfect accompaniment to the comedy, and the menu has great pizzas and grills to enjoy. You will recognise some well-known comedians’ names on the food items, as you place your order for a Murphy or an Izzard.
Enjoy the latest show at The Cape Town Comedy Club for free with a City Pass.
Nomad Bistro & Bar, City Bowl
Nomad Bistro & Bar offers range of cocktails and tapas with regular comedy shows for a classy evening out. It’s located in the heart of the city, and there’s something happening here every night, from jazz to stand-up comedy.
Improguise, various venues
If you like your comedy “off the cuff” and completely spontaneous, check out Improguise, Cape Town’s oldest and best loved improv team. Pop up Improv is what they do, and the troupe can be found at theatres and performance spaces all over Cape Town. Their TheatreSports shows have a following of devotees who will never be bored because every show is made up on the spot as the actors present their zany and side-splitting scenarios based solely on the audience’s suggestions.
Premium Sports Bar, Mitchells Plain
Get off the tourist track in the Cape Flats with a night of local comedy at Premium Sports Bar. There are open-mic nights, as well as regular performances by some of the Cape Flats’ most loved comics. Add a large, ice-cold beer and some spicy friend wings to make for the perfect authentically Cape Town evening.
Obviouzly Armchair, Observatory
There’s no doubt that Observatory is the bohemian centre of Cape Town, attracting students, backpackers, and voluntourists. Diverse and multi-cultural, expect to hear a mix of accents—from West African to Scandinavian—when walking the streets. It’s also home to Obviouzly Armchair, which hosts comedy shows every Sunday night from 8:30pm. They also have a comedy open-mic every Wednesday, so if you want to see Cape Town’s burgeoning talent (or brave the stage yourself), that’s the place to be!
Cape Town Magic Club, V&A Waterfront
For a touch of magic with your laughter visit Africa’s premier magic theatre, Cape Town Magic Club, where you can catch top SA and International magicians at their Monday Night Magic shows. Their magicians often pop up at other venues so check out their events calendar for their 2018 line-up.
The Comedy House, Steenberg
Sirvaun’s Theatre in Steenberg hosts Comedy House with a regular line up of well-known comedians bringing laughter to this intimate neighbourhood theatre. The venue seats 33 people, making for a really intimate and thoroughly local night out. Catch performances here on the last Friday of every month.
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Goodwood
There isn’t regular comedy at Grandwest, but this is the spot to keep an eye on for big international names. It has hosted Eddie Izzard, Michael McIntyre, and many others, including Jimmy Carr in September 2018. These shows are really popular with both Capetonians and visitors, and they sell out fast.
The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival
Cape Town’s best loved laugh-fest kicked off in 1997 as the country’s first comedy festival. Today it attracts the best comedic acts in the world. In the early years an unknown Jimmy Carr and Ross Noble graced the festival stages, and almost all of South Africa’s comedy icons have appeared at the festival at some point—Stuart Taylor, Kurt Schoonraad, Nik Rabinowit, Marc Lottering, Riaad Moosa, and South Africa’s most famous export Trevor Noah, to name a few. The festival takes place every year in winter at the Baxter Theatre.