Basketmouth, Trevor Noah, Jeff Ross, for Comedy Central Festival



Funsho Arogundade


Nigerian comedy superstar Basketmouth is set to appear at the first ever Comedy Central International Comedy Festival holding in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The comedy extravaganza organised by Comedy Central and Savanna Premium Cider will bring African and international comedy stars together under one roof for a hilarious, world-class celebration of comedy genius.

Holding at the Silverstar Casino, Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 November to 5 December, the Festival will combine spectacular gala concerts with more intimate Late Night Comedy shows and side-splitting Open Mic sessions.

Trevor Noah, fresh from his hosting duties at The Daily Show, will kick off the Festival with gala performances of his upcoming SA tour, NationWild, at The Globe (26-28 November), while US stand-up legend and Comedy Central “Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross will make his first ever trip to South Africa to head The Roast Gala (Friday 4 December).

Nigeria’s Basketmouth on the final night of the festival will bring his own distinctive brand of joke to the Festival in the form of a star-packed Best of Africa comedy showcase that promises to emulate the success of his sell-out comedy spectacular “Comedy Central Presents Lord of the Ribs”.

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Ugandan comedian Salvado will also join the line-up.

Representing South African comedy will be Schalk Bezuidenhout, who will feature in The Afrikaans Comedy Show (Saturday 5 December), and Goliath & Goliath.

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa said: “As we celebrate Viacom International Media Networks Africa’s tenth anniversary, we are excited to launch this definitive comedy festival on the continent. The Festival provides a great platform for African and international comedians to showcase their amazing talent to comedy fans.”

Designed to empower and uplift South African comedy and comedians, the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival will also include a series of workshops and master-classes by comedians, promoters and specialists, helping comedians to hone and develop their craft.


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