10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Funny Festival
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Think you know all there is to know about the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, delivered by Turkish Airlines? Here are some funny facts about Cape Town’s funniest comedy festival…
- A chance meeting with the legendary cast of the Carry On films in the early 1970’s led show producer Eddy Cassar on a life-long fascination with humour and live comedy.
- Promoting the Smirnoff Grahamstown Jazz Festival at the National Arts Festival in the late 1980’s was the birth of producing the country’s first stand-up comedy festival.
- In 1997 Eddy Cassar produced the inaugural Smirnoff Comedy Festival, which showcased the top local and two international comics. The project won a BASA Award in that year.
- Smirnoff moved on in 2004 and the project changed its name to the Cape Town Funny Festival in 2005 and embraced variety and speciality acts.
- The project is sponsored by local cool drink company Jive and Turkish Airlines, adopting the official name The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival delivered by Turkish Airlines.
- Today the project is well respected by local and international performers as a top class festival on the international comedy circuit. Many international performers approach Eddy Cassar to perform in the Funny Festival, upon personal recommendation of their peers who have graced the Baxter Theatre stage before them.
- The Festival runs for a month in the heart of Winter in Cape Town and encompasses about thirty performances at its home, the Baxter Theatre.
- The Festival’s brand identity mirrors the local culture and customs of Cape Town and the region, and places a heavy emphasis on its family-friendly nature and the exclusion of profanity.
- The project is heavily supported by local charities, sport and social clubs as their Winter fund raiser, and block bookings break new records year on year.
- The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival is also an event with heart. A generous donation is made to the Mayoral Fund year on year, while Zip Zap Circus uses the event as a fundraising platform.