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Nine Finalists For Cape Town’s Funniest New Comic Search

Nine Finalists For Cape Town’s Funniest New Comic Search

May 2019

The Kasi World Comedy Showdown,  the new initiative of the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, which for the last four weeks has combed the Cape Town townships to search of the city’s newest funny person, has found nine talented finalists to compete for the title.

After an initial screening of forty aspirant comics at the Makukhanye Art Room in Khayelitsha, twenty seven hopefuls were organized into three heats, held at Delft, Kraaifontein and Nyanga. The nine finalists will compete for an R5000.00 cash prize and a spot on the prestigious Jive Cape Town Funny Festival which runs at the Baxter Theatre from 1 to 28 July.

The finals will be held at the Baxter Theatre Centre on Saturday afternoon the 22 June.

The nine finalists are:

  • Prince M’baya – Observatory
  • Arlene Peterson – Lavender Hills
  • Ayabonga Kene – Gugulethu
  • Sim Sima – Tableview 
  • Sxuva – Khayelitsha
  • Obakeng Moroe – Kraaifontein
  • Chantal Jax Venter – Observatory
  • Kwanda Kwaymaster Ndoda – Claremont
  • Hlekuncame Entertainment – Kraaifontein

The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, the city’s largest comedy project has hosted winners of similar competitions in the past. Those showcased include Reagan Allen, Lindy Johnson and Yaaseen Barnes and others, all have made their mark on the South African comedy industry. Lindy Johnson’s career has seen her work with Trevor Noah and this year she is one of the comics on the Funny Festival bill.

Eddy Cassar, Festival Director of the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year, says that he is thrilled with the development.

“I am proud to be associated with the Kasi World Comedy Showdown. Pius Xulu and Kolping Mbumba have done a great job in mobilizing the Cape Town comedy fraternity and showcasing new talent on township stages.

In the past I have witnessed raw talent develop into confident top class performers, which has transformed people’s lives”. It’s a noble initiative and one that the Funny Festival is proud to be part of”.

The winner will get to share the stage with Alan Committie, Emo Adams, Sifiso Nene, Carvin H Goldstone, Lindy Johnson, The Big Boys and international performers Kev Orkian from London and Matt Tarrant from Adelaide Australia. Bookings for the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival can be made through webtickets at

Generous discounts are offered on group bookings. Call the Baxter Theatre on 021 6857880 to book your group.