Dalin Oliver

Dalin Oliver

Based: Cape Town.

Dalin Oliver is a Cape Town based Comedian who co-hosts Happy Hour, a weekly comedy show on Good Hope FM on Mondays from 11am-12pm , with fellow Comedian Carl Weber. He is also the Sports Presenter on the Radio Stations Breakfast show, weekdays 06:00 – 09:00am, which is hosted by Nigel Pierce.

His passion for the performance arts was trigged in 2010 when he won the UCT leg of Good Hope FM’s Campus DJ Search. A few months later the comedy bug bit and the qualified high school Mathematics and History teacher ditched the chalk board for a microphone and the stage.

The 28 year old has managed to capture audiences with his clean cut energetic brand of comedy.

His One Man Show I Came, I Taught, I Left has been a huge success since its debut and return runs at the National Arts Festival in Grahamastown in 2014 and 2015 where he performed to full houses and received rave reviews. So much so that its final run in 2016 was in the top 30 grossing productions at the Fringe Festival.

The response from his hometown was overwhelming. The show Sold Out within 24 hours of its first 6 night run at the Baxter Theatre in 2015. To top it off, it returned to the prestigious Theatre for a back by popular demand 14 show run in 2016 and Sold Out again. On both occasions additional shows had to be added due to public demand. The show experienced the same success in the Friendly City of Port Elizabeth where it Sold Out 3 nights at the PE Opera House which led to yet another additional show being added.

His skill set is broadening daily and was put to the test when he played one of the lead roles in his first feature film, Finders Keepers, which is a South African Comedy that’s Directed by Maynaard Kraak. The movie is set to release in cinemas nationwide in 2017. To compliment his big screen debut, he is set to be one of the featured acts at this year’s Jive Cape Town Funny Festival at the Baxter Theatre.

From performing to sold out houses at his one man show, to being featured on Comedy Central and recording his first DVD special, Dalin is fast becoming a familiar face on the familiar faces on the South African Comedy scene.

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Damon Beard

Damon Beard

Based: Durban

Having joined East Coast Radio in 1991, Damon is not only a seasoned professional but also the nice guy next door; your buddy; older brother and office friend.

He’s all this and so much more to his loyal fans. You can tell by listening to him that this incredible radio presenter is just a great guy – his warm, honest personality and great sense of humour comes through loud and clear when he’s on air weekdays from 9 – 12 noon.

Damon has compered a huge amount of events over the years including: the South African Homemakers Expo, various productions at the Durban Playhouse, corporate events for the likes of Hankook Tyres, Standard Bank, British Airways and KPMG.

He MC’d the ‘Unite the Stars” concert (with Will Young, Ronan Keating, Marcos Hernandes, Shane Ward and Bananarama) Brian Adams in concert, The Durban leg of the Celine Dion World Tour, The Nedbank South Africa Going for Gold Awards and The Cancer Association’s Night of 100 Stars …. to name just a few.

In his private time he is a Crisis Callout Trauma Counsellor and a Lifetime Friend for ‘Reach for a Dream South Africa’. He also does charity work with The Highway Hospice, The CANSA Association of South Africa, SPCA / Animal Action and more.

His genuine care reflects in The Big Favour which, over the years, has seen Damon help thousands of east coasters, making their dreams come true and lighting up their lives in different ways.

Damon is also a real go-getter and an adrenalin-junkie who doesn’t let anything hold him back. In fact, he’s conquered the Duzi Canoe Marathon, cycled the Tour Durban and run the Two Oceans twice.

He’s an unbelievable motivational speaker and is in constant demand to share his story on how to overcome fears.

Damon overcame his fear of heights and flying…. by getting his pilot’s license!

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Deep Fried Man

Deep Fried Man

Based: Johannesburg. 

Deep Fried Man (real name Daniel Friedman) is a musical comedian, writer and satirist with his own quirky, unique style of performance. He has performed at many of South Africa’s biggest comedy events (Blacks Only, Bafunny Bafunny, Kings and Queens of Comedy), won multiple awards (Comics Choice Award, Standard Bank Ovation Award), appeared in a host of TV shows and films (Material, ZANews, Comedy Central Presents Divine) and was a permanent cast member on multiple Emmy-nominated satirical news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola for seven seasons.

Since the beginning of his comedy career Deep Fried Man has also performed three successful one-man shows and released a DVD and a CD. Personal highlights of his career include a viral video (An Idiot’s Guide To Singing the South African National Anthem, accidentally getting Helen Zille trending worldwide with the #askhelenzille hashtag and getting politicians such as Julius Malema, Mmusi Maimane and Zwelenzima Vavi laughing along to his satirical songs at Daily Maverick’s The Gathering. He also once sang Ice, Ice, Baby to Vanilla Ice himself.

Deep Fried Man can also develop customized musical comedy for corporate functions, campaigns and activations, with recent highlights including campaigns for ABSA, BrightRock and Me&You Mobile.

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Jen Su

Jen Su

Based: Johannesburg.

Jennifer is a professional master of ceremonies for corporate events, she is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Thai – and an accomplished singer with five albums released in Asia. She has emceed for top multinational corporations, including Telkom, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Sappi, Santam, Sanlam, Huawei, the UN COP 17 Conference, Heineken, HSBC, Toyota, LG, Qatar Airways, G4S, the SAMAS, the Royal Embassy of Thailand, and Stuttafords. Jen has also been a panel speaker for various corporate events, including the “Celebrated South Africans” highlight of the Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leadership Conference 2016. She was also one of the presenters for this year’s 2016 South African Film and Television Awards.

Jen is also well-known on the social scene and recently released her highly-acclaimed book, “From Z to A Lister: Building Your Personal Brand” available across SA and on Amazon. She has over 100,000 followers on her social media networks combined, and is well-respected in the industry for her hard work, attention to detail, and precise presentation skills.

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Leanne Manas

Leanne Manas

Based: Johannesburg.

Leanne Manas is the popular face with the husky voice of the SABC’s flagship breakfast program – Morning Live. Prior to this she was the host of two Business programs on SABC 3- Business update and Business Focus. Leanne was also chosen as the National Anchor for the 2004 elections and Presidential Inauguration.

She started off her television career as the main news anchor for South Africa’s essential Business Channel -Summit Television. Leanne has also done extensive work for radio stations across South Africa including Radio Algoa, Jacaranda and East Coast Radio. A qualified Speech and Drama teacher with Honours in English, she started her career as a news anchor at Radio 702.

Leanne then moved to Johnnic Publishing’s African Business Channel where she became the news anchor for Classic fm. She then took a keen interest in Finance Journalism and completed a postgraduate certificate in Economics Journalism from Rhodes University. In her spare time she teaches Television skills to students at On Cue Communications.

Leanne was a nominee for Sanlams Business Journalist of the year awards in 2002. She was voted as one of Cosmopolitans most awesome woman of 2004. Leanne also walked off with the Sunday Times/Elle most stylish news/actuality/continuity presenter award for 2004. In addition to this FHM magazine named her as one of South Africa’s 50 hottest babes.

She was the recipient in 2005, and again in 2006/7, of the People Magazine Crystal Awards for Best Dressed and Best Female Television presenter.

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