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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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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Celeste Ntuli

Celeste Ntuli

Based: Johannesburg

Celeste Ntuli is a full-time stand-up comedian and has come a long way since she was first discovered performing in a marquee in Durban more than nine years ago. She first captured our attention as a top ten contestant on SABC’s “So You Think You’re Funny” where she came third, this exposure allowing her to take stand-up comedy as a full-time career and she has not looked back since.

Many years later, Celeste is a household name and has become one of the female comediennes in the forefront of a male dominated South African comedy industry. She has won the Mbokodo Award for Best Comedienne in 2015 and was a nominee in the SA Comics Choice Awards for 2015 and 2016 (voted for by peers in the industry, among the likes of Trevor Noah & Loyiso Gola). She’s also been nominated under the Favorite Comedian category in the 2016 YOU Spectacular Awards.

Celeste has performed at some of the countries biggest comedy events including the Comedy Central International Festival (where she was specifically requested by the Head of Viacom International Media Networks Africa: Alex Okosi), Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, BET Experience Comedy Festival and the Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Ross to name a few. She attributes her success to the fact that she has no holy cows – stereotypes, relationships and social issues – no subject is taboo as far as she is concerned.

More recently, she can be found touring her latest one woman show “Black Tax”, which has played to full-houses and sold out shows around the country. 

She is a brilliant comedian, MC and actress who’s featured in films such as The Jakes are Missing and Hard to Get, and can be seen daily as one of the main characters in one of South Africa’s favorite soaps Isibaya on Mzansi Magic, with a viewership of over 1 million, where she plays the role of Siphokazi Zungu (45), The oldest of the Mpiyakhe wives. Celeste has also been nominated in the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

And more recently, awarded The Simon Sabela Award for Best Supporting Actress.

 

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Mo Vadwa

Mo Vadwa

Based: Durban

Mo Vawda is a rocketing newcomer to comedy and has been performing in many theatres around the country. His unique take on life and passion for comedy drives him to be one of the greats of the next generation of comedians. He is proudly South African and Muslim and he brings his pride forward on stage in a unique manner.

He performed at the Savanna Newcomers Showcase Comics Choice Awards and has performed with comedic greats like Carvin H. Goldstone, Joey Rasdein, John Vlismas, Darren Maule, Marc Lottering, Mark Banks, Loyiso Gola, MoMagic, Dusty Rich, KG Mokgadi, Goliath and Goliath, Jem Atkins, Neville Pillay, Neil Green, Robby Collins, the Dingalings, Masood Boomgard, Glen Biderman-Pam and many, many other great artists.

You miss him, you’ll miss out!

 

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Noko Moswete

Noko Moswete

Based: Johannesburg

Comedy came easy for this 31 year old Limpopo born, TuT Language Practice graduate. From primary school to date, she always loved making people laugh at her tall stories and jokes. Her professional career started when she met a group of Pretoria based comedians, Comedy Society last year in May. The group travelled with her to various gigs where she did open spots and had a steady rise.

Within a few months, Noko was getting amazing feedback from the audience and the media and this led to her becoming a sought after MC at weddings and other corporate events and social events. Noko has also been nominated for the Savanna Comic Choice Awards meaning she is one of the top 5 new comedians in the country, as voted for by other comedians!

She has to date, performed in most comedy club and theatres around Gauteng and Limpopo and has shared the stage with most comedy giants, like Mashabela Galane, Pule, Kagiso Lediga, Roni Modimola, Kedibone Mulaudzi to name just a few. One of her biggest highlights was performing at the Satma 2014 and the recently held Tshwane’s Finest Comedy Festival, to name just a few.

As her audience grows, Noko always tries to find new ways to keep her fans in stitches and wanting more.

 

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