Stand-up comedy has the amazing ability to reach people from all walks of life and pierce through a politically tense climate inspiring people to laugh at themselves and their differences. It is this sense of camaraderie that the International Delphic Comedy Championships aims to create on Saturday the 30th of September at The Fringe at The Joburg Theatre.

In association with The National Delphic Council of South Africa and Art Africa, this international finale follows a packed-out national championship that took place in Cape Town last month and forms part of the African Delphic Games chaired by His Royal Heritage, Zolani Mkiva. “Think the Olympic Games… now, take away the sports component and replace it with arts and culture… an arts olympics for Africa… that is more or less what the African Delphic Games are”, Mkiva told the captivated audience in Cape Town.“

Gold-medal winner of the national championships, a comedy veteran and self-proclaimed class clown Kedibone Mulaudzi from Limpopo had the audience in stitches with his animated story-telling style of stand-up; second place was awarded to Khanyisa Bunu of ‘So You Think You Are Funny’ TV fame; and third place went to the witty Mo Mathebe from Pretoria.

Jo’burgers will now have their opportunity to experience the hilarious Kedibone at the upcoming championship final at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre when he represents South Africa and performs alongside a global stand-up cast including Nigerian entertainment mogul Chigul and Colombian comedian Pamela Ospina.

The cast of international comedians taking part in the championships is mostly made up of jokers from across the African continent, with several personalities visiting from further abroad too.
Saturday Lineup – 30th of September:

Saturday night’s lineup will play host to one of Nigeria’s most celebrated performers, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah who found fame when she went viral after releasing a series of online musical skits. The cheeky Lungelo Gina aka ‘Smallz’ (Swaziland), youtube sensation Karis (Kenya), Kris with a ‘K’ (Namibia), the witty Ntando (Zimbabwe) and joker Jean Bernard (Burundi) will all be competing for the African Delphic Comedy Championship title on Saturday night.
Sunday Lineup – 1st of October:

Sunday’s lineup includes dark-horse Pamela Ospina (Columbia) with her blunt and often controversial stand-up style, the quirky Tin Vodopivec (Slovenia), and South Africa’s very own National Delphic Comedy Champion, and dynamic story-teller, Kedibone Mulaudzi.
Tickets for both events are available from Webtickets:

One Day Pass – R220
Student/ Pensioner Pass – R170

Two Day Pass – R400
Two Day Pass Student/ Pensioner – R320

Join The National Delphic Arts Championship Facebook page to follow the ever-expanding lineup and to find out about their upcoming art, music and fashion and poetry events.
National Delphic Arts Championship

Join the International Delphic Comedian Championships Facebook event for more event information on the show.
International Delphic Comedian Championship

For more information please contact Collette Van Schalkwyk on

About The Delphic Games
The African Delphic Games promotes the development of arts and culture in Africa, particularly in terms of empowering artists to become self-sustainable and professionally competitive at an international level, which forms part of the International Delphic Comedy Championships in Johannesburg this upcoming Heritage month.

About The National Delphic Council

The National Delphic Council of South Africa (NDCSA) in partnership with the African Delphic Council (ADC), and sanctioned by the International Delphic Committee (IDC), is a non-profit organisation which plays a central role in providing a platform for Arts and Culture, traditional affairs and development of cultural heritage.

The National Delphic Council NDCSA is chaired by the esteemed Zolani Mkiva who rose to prominence in 1991 when he was called to salute Nelson Mandela at his celebratory Welcome Home Rally from prison. In 1994 Mkiva was recognised as Mandela’s official poet laureate when he ushered in Mandela at his official inauguration ceremony.

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