Laughter is the best medicine – next to Penicillin

Laughter is the best medicine – next to Penicillin

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Gauteng is lucky in that we have a booming comedy industry. A decade ago there were a handful of clubs and a small number of acts. Today, the comedy scene is much bigger and has a wide variety of acts including comedy musicians, Afrikaans acts, improv troupes, ventriloquists, alternative comedians and even some family-friendly shows in the form of pantomimes. Below is a list of laugh-worthy shows that you can attend.

The Godfather joins Die Flying Dutchmen
Die Flying Dutchmen will return to their home away from, the Steak and Ale restaurant, and as always, will be tickling funnybones. Melt Sieberhagen and Hannes Brümmer have invited honorary-Dutchmen in the form of the Godfather of South African stand-up comedy, Mel Miller, to perform alongside them.

Mel Miller can be considered a National Monument. With 46 years of experience, he pulls no punches and is way funnier than your best Van der Merwe joke!

Melt Sieberhagen (Proestraat, Villa Rosa) and Hannes Brümmer (Kompleks, Amalia) have over the past year established themselves at the forefront of a new generation of Afrikaans comedians. They have travelled extensively and raised the roof with laughter with their unique show that includes stand-up and improvised comedy.

Date: Wednesday, 17th November 2010
Venue: Steak and Ale, 66 Botha Avenue, Pretoria
Cost: R50 per person. Booking essential
(012) 664-5155

Newbies at the Globe
Joburg South is often a comedy-free zone which is unfortunate as the shows I have done there have always been well received. Gold Reef City Casino will be bringing the funny to the South as Vittorio Leonardi hosts South Africa’s top up-and-coming comedians – Deep Fried Man, Robby Collins, Shirley Kirchmann and Tol Ass Mo.

Date: Friday, 12th and Saturday,13th November from 8:30pm
Venue: The Globe Theatre, Gold Reef City Casino, Ormonde
Cost: R55. Book at Computicket

Laughs aplenty at Carnival City
The East Rand is the butt of many jokes but the reality is that South Africa’s longest running stand-up comedy venue is the Supersport Bar at Carnival City. For more than a decade this venue has been a proud supporter of the comedy industry. Initially, shows only took place on Friday nights but such is the popularity of the venue that comedy takes place on Saturdays too. There is a variety show that includes singers, dancer and magicians that takes place before the comedy and is well worth watching.

Date: Friday, 19th and Saturday,20th November
Venue: Supersport Bar, Carnival City, Brakpan
Cost: R50. Comedy starts at 21:00 but you might want to get there early to catch the variety show which starts at 20:00.
Melt Sieberhagen hosts, Shelley Marshall (CAN), Tips and Shaun Wewege
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Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates
Pantomimes are not everyone’s cup of tea, but they are harmless fun and generally the kind of shows you can take the kids to. Janice Honeyman’s latest production is filled with popular television and stage personalities such as Marc Lottering and Tanya van Graan. Lesley had a chance to watch this show and while she has some criticisms of the production, she found this lively pantomime to have some thoroughly enjoyable moments for young and old alike.

Date: Until Sunday, 2nd January 2011
Venue: The Joburg Theatre
Cost: From R83
Read Lesley’s review

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