Tshepiso Makhele
2 minute read
13 Jul 2016
11:48 am

SA comedians on their way to Canada

Tshepiso Makhele

Comedy Central flies the flag for South African comedy at the ‘Just For Laughs’ festival - the biggest comedy festival in the world - in Canada.

Comedian David Kau. Photo: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Veli Nhlapo

Popular South African comedians Robbie Collins and David Kau will be flying the flag for South African comedy when they perform at the biggest comedy festival in the world: the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Canada on July 13 to August 1. The two comedians are joining Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) on the channel’s annual journey to Canada where they’ll be showcasing South African comedy at the world-famous event.

Under an annual collaboration partnership with Comedy Central, Collins will be making his festival debut, while veteran South African comedian Kau will perform at Club Soda, one of the festival’s premiere club shows, where Loyisa Gola and Conrad Koch have performed in previous years. Kau’s performance is being tapped as part of the Just For Laughs: All Access television series, and will air on Comedy Central later in 2017.  Comedy Central has also brokered a deal for additional All Access episodes that will start airing on the channel later this year.

“Just For Laughs is such a great shop-window for African comedy and we are delighted that Robbie and David will have this opportunity to show off their comedy wares at the biggest comedy festival in the world,” said vice president of Comedy Central Africa, Evert van der Veer.

“I’m very grateful to have this opportunity to represent my country and craft at the biggest comedy festival in the world. I’m also humbled that Comedy Central Africa and ‘Just For Laughs’ have recognized my hard work. There are many talented comedians in South Africa and for them to invite me is really an honour,” Robbie Collins commented

“I first performed at ‘Just For Laughs’ about 16 years ago. I am definitely looking forward to going back and performing there again. Also I have a lot of catching up to do with some of my comedian friends I haven’t seen in a while; Finesse Mitchell, Lil Rel Howery, Russell Peters. It is still the number one and biggest comedy festival in the world. I guess the cherry on top is going back there now with Comedy Central Africa. It’s going to be a great day at the office,” added David Kau.

“The Montreal International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival is proud to partner with Comedy Central to present the very best comedians from one of the fastest emerging stand-up scenes in the world. The highly collaborative South African comedy community showcases a younger generation eager to bring their nation together through humour,” said senior director for international and digital development at Just For Laughs, Eric Lapointe,

“Just For Laughs is thrilled to be part of this adventure and applauds Comedy Central for becoming a major catalyst in propelling the careers of South African comedians,” Lopoite added.