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Savanna Durban Summer Comedy Festival

Durban will see 32 South African comedians perform six shows for the second annual Savanna Durban Summer Comedy Festival from 14-17 December.
Savanna Durban Summer Comedy Festival
The lineup is made up of both local Durban comics (yes they exist – and they’re hilarious!) and some of the biggest names in comedy from around the country (as well as a few who left Durbs, but are coming back because it’s lekker by die see).

Expect the likes of Loyiso Gola, Marc Lottering, Joey Rasdien, John Vlismas, Deep Fried Man, Ndumiso Lindi, Robby Collins – as well as local funny-people Arnotte Payne, Aaron Mcilroy, Kelvin Stoffels, Jem Atkins, Neville Pillay, Kwanda Radebe and more.

Tickets start from R70 and in true festival style, there’s a show to suit everyone.

Wednesday 14 December: Dirty Rotten

A “no rules” comedy showdown with the hilariously incorrigible John Vlismas hosting some of the funniest acts in the country where absolutely anything goes and no topic is off limits. Hilariously inappropriate! You’ve been warned…

Venue: Amsterdam Restaurant and Bar (143 Helen Joseph Rd, Glenwood)
Time: 8.30pm

Lineup: John Vlismas, Jem Atkins, Alfred Adriaan, Kwanda Radebe, Tyson Heffer, Bob Perfect, Masood B.

Thursday 15 December: Kill or Die

Catch one of Durban’s most popular comedians – the hilarious Neville Pillay – as he hosts a very special comedy show in which nine of the hottest up-and-coming local acts get five minutes each to impress. You, the audience get to decide: did they kill… or did they die? The show is headlined by Joey Rasdien.

Venue: New York Restaurant and Bar (101 Innes Rd, Morningside)
Time: 8.30pm
Lineup: Neville Pillay, Joey Rasdien, Musa, Venessa Morton, Shannon Rice, Mfundo, Andrew Hughes, Ntshebe, Rory Petzer, Davin M, Sbu Mnyanda, Tibs.

Thursday 15 December: Headliners!

This is the main event, folks: the first of two massive gala shows. The Durban Jewish Centre (North Beach) hosts some of SA’s most outrageously funny comedians sharing the stage with Durban’s very best. A two-hour stand-up comedy showdown featuring John Vlismas, Joey Rasdien, Deep Fried Man, Khanyisa Bunu, Ndumiso Lindi, Arnotte Payne and Robby Collins.

Venue: Durban Jewish Centre (44 K E Masinga Rd, North Beach)
Time: 8.30pm

Friday 16 December: Beyond a Joke!

An interactive, lively talk show focused on the “Business of Funny” with host, John Vlismas, and a panel of guests and celebrities, including Marc Lottering, Lisa Bobbert-McKilroy, a social media expert as well as representatives from Comedy Central. Learn from the experts about the fascinating business side of comedy and how to be successful, as we explore the comedy industry and Durban’s place in it.

Venue: Durban Jewish Centre (44 K E Masinga Rd, North Beach)
Time: 2pm-3.30pm

Friday 16th December: Headliners! – Gala Show #2

It’s the second round of two massive gala shows, this time featuring the Loyiso Gola, Marc Lottering, Neville Pillay, Alfred Adriaan, Deep Fried Man, Khanyisa Bunu, and Ndumiso Lindi.

Venue: Durban Jewish Centre (44 K E Masinga Rd, North Beach)
Time: 8.30pm

Saturday 17th December: Locals Only!

It’s the festival finalé and it is #ProudlyDurban. Catch local favourite, comedian Jem Atkins, as he hosts a lineup featuring eight of the funniest comedians to ever come out of Durban.

Venue: The Plant (5 Station Drive, Morningside)
Time: 8.30pm
Line-up: Aaron Mcilroy, Jem Atkins, Robby Collins, Kelvin Stoffels, Mo Vawda, Some Blaqq Guy, Annalakshmi, Troy Tesla, Daryl Williams.

Tickets from R70- R150 at
Info: az.oc.ydemocerifno@ofni

The Savanna Durban Comedy Summer Comedy is On Fire Comedy, with support from Savanna Premium Cider, East Coast Radio and Comedy Central.


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