AFRICA’S FAVOURITE CELEBRATION OF COMEDY, THE ANNUAL JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH MORE LAUGHS AND GOOD TIMES IN 2020 WITH OVER 30 COMEDIANS PERFORMING IN 8 SHOWS OVER 4 DAYS
It’s official! The much-anticipated Johannesburg International Comedy Festival (JICF) returns with another mouth-watering feast of comedy over four hilariously jam-packed days, promising to be one of the biggest celebrations of funny on the continent for 2020!
The largest independent international comedy festival in Africa, JICF, rolls out its fourth edition with over 30 local, continental and international comedians taking over The Mandela, Lesedi and Space.com Theatres at the Joburg Theatre precinct in Braamfontein, in September 2020.
Audiences looking forward to great comedy from the best comedians Africa and the globe has to offer or just wanting to experience a fun night out on the town are in for a massive treat this year.
Once again, South Africa will be strongly represented by some of its funniest men and women proudly flying the flag up high at this year’s edition. The Mzansi contingent for the 2020 instalment includes Jason Goliath, Celeste Ntuli, Mpho Popps, Kagiso Lediga, Joey Rasdien, Conrad Koch and Chester Missing, Tats Nkonzo, Rob van Vuuren, Robby Collins, Mojak Lehoko, Yaaseen Barnes, Thabiso Mhlongo, Lindy Johnson, Ebenaezer Dibakwane amongst others to be confirmed in due course.
The continental and international comedians are set to be announced very soon. Over the next few weeks, more shows and comedy talent will be added to the festival line-up with every indication of another bumper comedy extravaganza in store.
“I am excited to reveal that the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival is back with a bang this year. We are thrilled to bring over 30 of the most exciting acts in SA, the continent and the globe to Johannesburg for a few days of exceptional comedy and memorable fun. We are looking to build on the successes of the previous editions and provide our audiences with another novel and unforgettable comedy experience,” says Takunda Bimha, Founder and Director for JICF.
The current line-up of festival shows to look forward to are:
- THIS IS SATAFRIKA
Proudly brought to you by Kagiso Lediga, the grand opening show of the Festival will feature comedians, celebrities, pastors and other interesting Mzansi personalities. This show will be a comedy extravaganza of epic proportions and a hilarious take on all the funny goings on in South Africa today.
Hosted by Joey Rasdien (South Africa) featuring Lindy Johnson (South Africa) and a few international comedians (to be announced soon), these hilarious comedians have got some things to get off their chests. Expect them to bring the heat to the stage! Do not bring your mother-law along to this show….or maybe do!
- TRENDING COMICS
Hosted by Mpho Popps featuring Ebenaezer Dibakwane and a variety of international comedians. These comedians are tearing it up on the streets right now! Don’t miss this show as you are guaranteed laughs for days and a damn good night out!
- STAND UP AFRICA
Hosted by Tats Nkonzo featuring Thabiso Mhlongo, Salvado (Uganda), Alfred Kainga (Zimbabwe) as well as a number of continental comedians. Dubbed as a festival favourite, we bring you yet another mouth-watering line up showcasing some of the continent’s finest comedians. Loudly and proudly African we Stan!
- JICF ALL STARS
Hosted by Jason Goliath featuring Celeste Ntuli, Rob van Vuuren, Yaaseen Barnes and various international comedians to be announced soon. JICF All Stars is a specially curated line-up of the finest local and international headlining comedians that will be a fitting climax to this year’s festival. Fans can expect this to be a comedy show of the year contender!
- ONE NIGHT STANDS – Get up-close-and-personal with some of your favourite Mzansi comedians and their shows at this year’s festival: with more to be announced, the following have already been confirmed
Mojak Lehoko: presents Mojak & Friends
Chester Missing & Conrad Koch: How To End Racism
A night with Robby Collins
The age restriction for all comedy shows is 16 years old.
“Our programming strategy for the past three festivals has proven to be a winning formula that’s landed well with our audiences. We aiming for more of the same, if not even better this year. Particularly, I’m very proud of the local contingent that’s on our bill which combines some of the biggest names in South African comedy with the hottest comedy talent that’s coming out of the local scene today. With the array of world class continental and international talent that we will be announcing soon, this promises to be a truly vintage year for the Festival,” Bimha concludes.
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ABOUT JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL COMEDY SHOW
Established in 2015, the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival has become one of the biggest celebrations of stand-up comedy on the continent. It showcases the very best in local and international comedy talent performing to thousands of fans in multiple shows across the different venues at the world-class Joburg Theatre. The festival continues to have a strong working partnership with one of the biggest properties in Europe, the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland which turns 31 this year!