Africa’s first international comedy festival launches in South Africa

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Comedy channel Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) launches The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival Brought to you by Savanna – an annual, super-sized comedy extravaganza designed to bring smiles to the faces of comedy fans.

South Africa’s and the continent’s first Comedy Central International Comedy Festival will bring African and international comedy stars together under one roof for a hilarious, world-class celebration of comedy genius.

Playing to packed audiences at the Silverstar Casino, Johannesburg from 26 November-5 December 2015, the Festival will combine spectacular gala concerts at The Globe with more intimate Late Night Comedy shows and side-splitting Open Mic sessions at Parker’s Comedy Club, themed specials, late-night sketch shows, spontaneous street theatre and Improv comedy “happenings” at other venues around Silverstar.

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah, fresh from his hosting duties at The Daily Show, will kick off the Festival with gala performances of his upcoming SA tour, NationWild, at The Globe (26-28 November), while US stand-up legend and Comedy Central “Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross will make his first ever trip to South Africa to head The Roast Gala (Friday 4 December). Batting for the home team, SA comedy favourite Schalk Bezuidenhout will feature in The Afrikaans Comedy Show (Saturday 5 December).

Designed to empower and uplift South African comedy and comedians, the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival will also include a series of workshops and master-classes by comedians, promoters and specialists, helping comedians to hone and develop their craft.

The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival Brought to you by Savanna is executive produced by Comedy Central (Africa) in association with Creative Director and renowned South African comedy producer and entrepreneur Ryan Harduth.

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