Bongani Bingwa

Bongani Bingwa

Based: Johannesburg.

Bongani Bingwa has worked on television on a variety of shows beginning in 1993 when he was still a student. He has hosted shows on business, entertainment and news. His career in journalism began on radio as a newsreader and talk show host. He joins the Carte Blanche team as a journalist and anchor for the Africa show. He has worked on Channel O, SABC English News, Your Own Business to mention a few, and of course, he is currently a presenter-journalist on Carte Blanche.

Bongani joined the programme as an anchor for Carte Blanche Africa – the version of the show that is screened outside Southern Africa and abroad. There are viewers in the U.S. and Europe and the rest of Africa. His responsibilities include on the field reporting, script writing and research on stories.

His background as a journalist includes a stint on Talk Radio 702 where he began as a News Anchor and progressed to hosting his own show – Talk at Nine. He has interviewed ordinary folks as well as international stars and leading politicians. Highlights include, Luther Van Dross, George Benson, Spike Lee, government ministers, opposition political leaders, authors and other high profile individuals – too many to mention!

Bongani Bingwa was educated at Wits University where he studied for a B.A. degree majoring in History and English. Bongani has also completed various courses on Youth Development and has a strong passion for mentorship programmes that involve young people.

Bongani is regularly asked to MC functions and events and always enjoy it.

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Chris Forrest

Chris Forrest

Based: Johannesburg

Chris Forrest has been on the forefront of the South African Comedy scene since the late nineties. His unique dry sense of humour, quick wit and intelligent comedy has made him one of the country’s most popular comedians and ensured that audiences are left in stitches wherever he goes.

Equally at home MCing an evening or just doing a spot, Chris started out at the “Funny Farm” at what was then called the Randburg Waterfront, and has since gone on to perform on every worthwhile comedy club, showcase or festival in the country including South Africa’s premier comedy show: The 466 64 “It’s No Joke” comedy show as one of South Africa’s top 10 comics, he’s also a regular on the Heavyweight Comedy Jam, The Blacks Only Show and the Kingsize Comedy Show.

International festivals include: The Edinburgh Festival, The Lyric Theatre in London, not to mention major festivals in Ghana, Botswana and Swaziland (really). In 2013 he hosted the prestigious Comics Choice Awards.

Chris has also hosted his own episode of “Comedy Central Presents Live at Parker’s” and performed three successful one-man shows namely “Chris Forrest, He’s a really nice guy” which was recently broadcast on Comedy Central, “The Flipside” and most recently “The Guy from TV”

As one of S.A comedy’s most versatile performers, Chris has worked in almost every facet of comedy, including; stand up comedy, improv comedy, sketch comedy (stage, TV and radio), sitcom, feature films, industrial theatre, numerous TV adverts, a comedy rap album and many more weird and wonderful things, Chris also prides himself in his ability to “cross over” having successfully entertained people of all races, religions colours and creeds, across the length and breadth of the country as well as internationally

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Conrad Koch

Conrad Koch

Based: Cape Town. 

Conrad Koch is one of South Africa’s most in demand comedy talents. He combines hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, and has done so for over fifteen years to local and international acclaim.

Conrad was the winner of the 2010 Entertainer of the Year award, and of a 2012 Standard Bank Ovation Award from the National Arts Festival. He was a nominee for 2014 SA Comic of the Year, and won The Times Comic’s Pen Award for 2014, a double International EMMY nominated comedian.

He has worked all over the world, been featured on local and international television and is a frequent guest at some of South Africa’s biggest comedy events – Mass Hysteria, Blacks Only, the Smirnoff Comedy Festival, the Vodacom Comedy Festival, Metro FM Comedy Experience, etc.

His most famous character, Mr. Chester Missing, was a regular on eNCA’s Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola; and his hit one man shows have received standing ovations around South Africa. In 2015 Comedy Central Africa took him to Just For Laughs in Montreal, the world’s biggest comedy festival, where he recorded shows for both Comedy Central and Canada’s Comedy Network.

Conrad has added a more quirky and developed character: from a talking air-sickness bag, to an ostrich made from feather dusters, as well as some hilarious a-political material for Chester Missing.

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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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