Mbu Msongelwa

Mbu Msongelwa

Based: Johannesburg

Comedian, MC and voice over artist Mbulelo Msongelwa was born in Mdantsane, a township just outside East London. He grew up in the coastal town of Port Elizabeth, which is where, at the age of 27 he was bitten by the comedy bug. It bit him so hard he quit his then furniture shop job to pursue his dream. It was clear from the start that Mbu has a natural charm on stage that audiences quickly gravitate towards.

Mbu very quickly made his name synonymous with stand-up in the Eastern Cape; as a regular on the 99% Xhosa Comedy stage and opening for the likes of Loyiso Gola. He was sharing the stage with some of the country’s best comics such as Skhumba Hlophe, TolAssMo, Celeste Ntuli, Donavan Goliath and many more. Being able to perform comfortably in both English and isiXhosa is an added advantage to his repertoire, although he has been known to speak a bit of Afrikaans now and then (Hy se dis nie heltemal vlot nie, maar dis nogsteets Afrikaans).

Having to move to the sea-side suburbs of Port Elizabeth straight from the dusty streets of Mdantsane was a huge culture shock for the then 9-year-old Mbulelo, an experince which he talks about in his comedy. He shares anecdotes about learning how to speak English and Afrikaans for the first time (He actually thought ‘Huisgenoot’ was a fancy way of saying ‘You’ in Afrikaans).

His energy on stage and quick-on-his-feet style of performance makes Mbu the ideal MC. He has been the master of ceremonies for clients such as FNB, Standard Bank, ABSA, Continental Tyres, ACSA, Krones, SASSA and more. He was also the MC at The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Mayoral Gala evening in 2015.

In 2016 he made the move to Johannesburg where on arrival he hosted Kedebone Malaudzi’s one-man show at the prestigious Soweto Theatre. The biggest notch on the young comedian’s belt has to be being selected as one of 13 comedians to feature on Trevor Noah’s “Nationwild” series and performing to a sold out Lyric Theatre.

 

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Annalakshmi

Annalakshmi

Based: Durban.

Annalakshmi is an Indian National that has taken refuge in South Africa, from her Monster Mother-in-law. She uses singing in a variety of Indian vernacular as well as Old and contemporary English music to tackle family, social, economic and political issues. She loves telling stories and giving her candid commentary or her Indian “take” on things. Her Parodies are witty, funny and hit home.

She offers MC, Entertainment, Comedy, Singing Games and Guest Interaction for Private and Corporate Events and is able to customise the entertainment according to the clients specifications. Also on offer is the ” Love Story ” that she does at Wedding Receptions. Which entails narrating the story of how the couple met and singing songs that tie up with particular incidences in the story. It’s terribly romantic.

Annalakshmi is Charismatic and entertaining, whether it be in between power point presentations or speeches and holds audiences’ attention with ease!

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Alfred Adriaan

Alfred Adriaan

Based: Johannesburg.

Alfred Julian Adriaan is a young comedian flying up the ranks in the SA comedy scene with two consecutive South African comics’ choice nominations under his belt in the best New Comedian & best Intermediate comedian categories. This is significant considering he has only been on the comedy scene for the last 3 years. This dynamic highly energetic young comedian has also tried his hand at acting where he recently played the lead role in the Afrikaans Kyknet movie named Hospitaal op horing. He has also played lead character in an online viral campaign for Nokia/Microsoft.

Nissan South Africa recognized his increasing popularity and asked him to be part of their Nissan Magic corporate social responsibility campaign to bring awareness and help with the everyday needs of less fortunate South Africans.

He has a corporate background in brand management and corporate communications which gives him insight into what the corporate environment needs and wants for their corporate events and conferences.

Alfred has proven himself to be a versatile performer and mc with the ability of reading a crowd and delivering what the audience likes within the client/event managers expectations and requirements.

His comedy is based on his life growing up in the rural EC (HE is from a town called Hankey, NO really) with hilarious stories that range from Public School education to his complicated relationships with the fairer sex.

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Aaron McIlroy

Aaron McIlroy

Based: Durban

Aaron McIlroy is one of South Africa’s most popular entertainers with a string of stage blockbusters under his belt. While Aaron’s work in the South African Theater industry has always focused on getting his ever-growing audience base to laugh till they cry, his creative skills as a fully trained and highly experienced actor/producer extend far beyond the scope of general Stand-up comedy entertainers. Experience him in action and you’ll see why.

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Mark Banks

Mark Banks

Based: Johannesburg

Mark Banks is one of the most recognized and respected comedians of his time.

In over 25 years of comedy, Mark boasts at least one new one-man show each year, of which he writes and performs all the material himself.  Since his acclaimed inception to comedy, Mark has continuously played to packed houses nationwide. Widely recognized for his political satire and commonplace poke at the rich and famous, nothing and no one is sacred to Mark’s blatant humour.

He says that the reason behind the silliness is that “it’s easier to look at the other side of things that don’t have another side, and if they don’t have one, invent one.” Notoriously un-PC, Mark claims to have started performing at the age of 11 when he was “able to balance an entire Zulu rondavel and its contents on his chin while singing ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ by the then New Seekers.”

His constant banter and uncontained one-liners have often lent him undeniable praise as MC for award ceremonies, corporate functions, banquets and conferences whereby he casually digs in to all and sundry with his potent brand of Banks humour.

Mark represented South Africa at the 1996 ‘Just For Laughs Comedy Festival‘ in Montreal, but modestly says he was not awarded anything partly due to there being no prizes at the event. “It’s just not that kind of ‘do’,” he says.

Mark, whose interests range from “writing an A to Z compilation book of the lemurs of Madagascar for visitors to Cape Town” and “training a coelacanth to leap through a hoop of crusty bread rolls”, to “completing a volume of works on Chinchilla Respiratory Tract Infections” in time for Christmas, also has time to “run an organic cocktail cucumber farm just outside Swellendam which is the biggest organic hydroponic cocktail cucumber farm in the southern hemisphere under asbestos and grown without water. It’s grown only on prayer.” He also does “a lot of missionary work among the unlaughing.”

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Lazola Gola

Lazola Gola

Based: Johannesburg

Lazola Gola is Funny. A funny Comedian, Writer and Performer.

He was funny in Cape Town and then moved to Johannesburg, to be funny.

He’s been funny on Comedy Central Live At Parkers and Comedy Central Roast Battle.

He’s been funny (performer and writer) on ‘Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola’.

He’s been a funny (performer and writer) on SABC 2’s ‘The Bantu Hour’.

He’s been funny performing at Comedy Central International Comedy Festival and Johannesburg International Comedy Festival.

He’s been funny copywriter for FCB Johannesburg and Ogilvy Johannesburg.

He hopes to continue being funny into the future with you.

Some things Lazola Gola acquired while being funny:

International Emmy nomination

2x Comics Choice nominations

Pendoring Gold

 

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