Cape Town’s winter tonic, the 12th annual Jive Cape Town Funny Festival delivered by
Turkish Airlines takes place at the Baxter Theatre from 11 July – 7 August 2016. The month
long popular project showcases an array of acts from around the world, together with a
selection of top local and national artists.
The Festival is strong on variety and speciality acts, whilst highlighting some of the top
stand-up comedians in the country, resulting in an evening’s worth of world class
entertainment and laughter.
The Funny Festival was founded by comedy entrepreneur and publicist Eddy Cassar,
started from humble beginnings and has developed into an annual Winter comedic tonic
for many Capetonians. Started way back in 1997, the Festival has developed into the largest
of its type in the country and respected by international performers as a “blue-chip” event.
The Festival supports numerous charities either by offering generous bulk discounts to
clubs, schools and civic associations, who use it as a fund raiser or by supporting the
Children’s Hospital Trust and the Mayoral Fund.
“The City of Cape Town is once again proud to host the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival
delivered by Turkish Airlines. We have seen the festival grow from humble beginnings into
South Africa’s premier comedy events.
The calibre of local and international comedians it now attracts is a sign that the Jive Cape
Town Funny Festival is on par with comedy festivals hosted in other major cities across the
world. Events such as this not only provide opportunities, but also support our strategy to position Cape Town as the events capital of Africa,” said Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille.
This year’s international cast include Italy’s human cartoon and the UK’s top classically
trained pianist turned comedian, together with local greats of the art form. They are:
Kev Orkian (UK) – regarded internationally as the world’s foremost piano comic – 21 July to 7 August
Ennio Marchetto (Italy) – The world’s only living cartoon and “comic origamist”- 21 July to 7 August
Marc Lottering (SA) – The country’s top comic – full festival
Alan Committie (SA) – The top master of ceremony in the country
Glen Biderman-Pam (SA) – top actor and comic whose star is on the rise – full festival
Gino Fabbri (SA) – top impersonator shares his talent with the Festival – full festival
Carl Wastie (SA) – small of stature with the courage of a lion – full festival
Yaaseen Barnes (SA) – past “up and coming winner” now a top comic, returns to the festival
The Big Boys (SA) – Cape Town’s top cabaret duo on their first festival appearance – full festival
Tickets are R170 each and are available through Computicket. Generous discounts are
offered with bulk bookings.