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Cape Town International Comedy Festival

The Cape Town International Comedy Festival is the largest Comedy Festival in South Africa. It’s relaunching in 2020 for one week, starting 1 March 2020 at the Artscape Theatre Centre.

The Cape Town Comedy Festival (CTCF) will host the most varied comedy shows and concepts ever produced in SA, catering for every comedy taste and presenting the latest of global trends.

15 International Artists from the Comedy Capitals in the world will join South Africa’s funniest.

The original Cape Town Comedy festival launched in 1996. It was the first international comedy event on the continent (first with Smirnoff and then Nando’s as the headline sponsors). It staged hundreds of international artists from around the globe and sold over a million tickets during its 16-year run. 

The Festival has a proud history of introducing the most prominent comedians to S.A., including, Jim Jeffries, Jimmy Carr, Russell Peters and Trevor Noah. It also catapulted the careers of many local acts. 

Cape Town Comedy Festival Programme:

Bafunny Bafunny: The World Cup Funny Final (One Show Only)

What if comedy was a sport? Bafunny Bafunny is South Africa’s answer to a national comedy team competing at the World Cup of Funny. The star-studded cast, consisting of four of our funniest comedians, is ready to unite the nation through laughter in an epic showdown against four comedians from England, Scotland, USA and Malawi. Bafunny Bafunny is one of the highlights at this year’s Cape Town Comedy Festival.

Date: 1 March

Time: 19:00

Cast: Alonzo Bodden(USA), Stuart Goldsmith (ENG), Phil Nicol (CAN), Daliso Chaponda (MAL), Bongani Dube (SA), Prins(SA), Schalk Bezuidenhout (SA), Tsitsi Chiumya (SA), Mojak Lehoko (SA), Mo Mothebe (SA), Loyiso Gola (SA), Nik Rabinowitz(SA)

Tickets From R190 – R285

16 +

U.N. Comedy Show: 7 Comedians, 7 Countries, One Ticket

The United Nations of Comedy is the most extensive selection of Comedy Styles ever to be featured on a Cape Town stage. Nik Rabinowitz holds the S.A. Flag alongside comedians from USA, India, England, Scotland, Australia and Malawi. 

Date: 02 – 08 March (excl. 4 March)

Time: 20:00 Daily 17:00 Sat 16:00 Sun

Cast: Daliso Chaponda(Malawi), Fern Brady (Scotland), Laura Davis (Australia), Nik Rabinowitz (SA), Sindhu Vee (India), Stuart Goldsmith (England), Phil Nichol (CAN)

Tickets From R190 – R285


Danger ZoneFilthy, funny, not for the faint of heart or under 18s

If you prefer your nachos a little more spicy, your coffee a little darker, this is the show for you. Featuring five international and two local heavyweight comedians, this no-holds-barred romp is fabulously filthy and dangerously funny. Danger Zone is always a crowd favourite and set to be the fastest-selling show at the Festival.

Date: 02 – 08 March

TIME: 20:30 (17:00 Sunday 08th)

Cast: Alonzo Bodden (USA), Desiree Burch (USA), Fin Taylor (UK), Jeff Innocent (ENG), Loyiso Gola (SA), Robby Collins (SA), Spencer Jones (ENG)

TicketsFrom R190 – R285


DealtGlobal touring sensation Richard Turner, live in SA for the first time

Richard Turner’s “Dealt” is a Global phenomenon that entertains and inspires, receiving rave reviews from both the New York Times and LA Times.

Gaming experts and gamblers know and respect him as a master card manipulator who could take down any old-west casino or wipe out any high-stakes gambler. Richard’s unparalleled skill with a deck of cards has stirred and staggered audiences throughout the world, and is the subject of an award winning documentary film. Hear the story directly from The Legend…and be amazed.

Date: 02 – 08 March

Time: 19:30

Tickets  From R150 – R190

All Ages

Book Club Book Club presents the best in local and international stand-up (One Show Only)!

Bring your book club for this night of all-female and non-binary comedy! 

Featuring five international and two local female comedians – This one night only gala event will sell out fast…so don’t delay.

Date: 04 March

Time: 20:00

Cast: Fern Brady (Scotland), Desiree Burch (USA), Laura Davis (Australia) Sindhu Vee (India), Mel Jones (SA), Shimmy Isaacs (SA)

Tickets  From R190 – R285


Funny TalksLunchtime Q&A with industry experts

From stand-up comedians to a renowned cartoonist and various leaders in their respective fields, there is something for everyone who has ever wondered, 'Why? How? What?' An entertaining and informative power hour. Hosted by Mark Banks, one of the most recognized and respected comedians of his time, think Ted Talks, just funny! 

Date: 03 – 07 March

Time: 13:00

Guests: TBA

Tickets R30

All Ages

Tickets for Cape Town Comedy Festival are available from Webtickets now from R190. 

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Type: Art & Cultural
Start: 1 Mar 2020 19:00
End: 8 Mar 2020 22:00
Artscape Theatre Centre
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