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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John Vlismas

John Vlismas

Based: Johannesburg

For over 20 years John Vlismas has deftly walked the line between underground, alternative and mainstream comedy. His particular brand of strange and hilarious has charmed local and international audiences alike. His absurd worldview has the rare ability to resonate across any audience. Corporate groups, spotty students and mensa inductees all respond to his unique, home grown observations.

He has written, directed, lectured, acted and mc’d in all kinds of venues from seedy bars to the Royal Albert Hall. He’s odd, he’s mad, he’s sharper than you and he’s the guy that gets the guy who booked him a promotion.

Creative Director

As a Drama student, John won acclaim for his writing, first representing South Africa at the African regional finals of the Interplay World Fest of Young Playwrights in Nairobi and later represented Africa at the World Final in Townsville, Aus.

After two decades of groundbreaking work as a stand-up comic, John Vlismas returned to his roots as an ardent fan of theatre production. He began a production house to fulfill the needs of his talent management company’s stable.

Startling creative work entwined with an intimate knowledge of traditional and current technical solutions combine to give this creative director an edge. Add to these qualities twenty years of performing to audiences in 8 countries, and this award-winning performer is able to turn a scribble on a napkin into a high definition show-stopper.

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Robby Collins

Robby Collins

Based: Johannesburg

Robby Collins’ rise from actor on the Durban theater circuit to fully fledged stand-up comedian has taken all of 4 years, still considered one of the emerging faces  of comedy Robby’s career achievements belies his years on the comedy circuit.

A comedian whose material draws on real life comes across at ease on the stage and has a very believable stage presence, endearing himself to audience with his gawky giraffe frame.

Robby has played to the biggest comedy audiences in South Africa with appearances at ‘The Heavy Weight Comedy Jam’ and ‘Blacks Only’ comedy shows. Further proof of his talent lies in his personal selection by SA’s top comics as their opening act, Marc Lottering, Eugene Khoza and Trevor Noah.

His Tour with Trevor Noah was extensive and constituted over 50 shows all over Southern Africa. All his on stage endeavors earned a well-deserved nomination for “breakthrough act of the year” at the inaugural Comics Choice Awards.

Robby’s talents are not reserved for the stage having been involved on the small screen in his capacity as an actor (Scandal), writer and performer (Laugh Out Loud and LNN). Robby’s future is no doubt a bright one and one that involves him being at the pinnacle of the SA comedy scene for years to come!

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Glen Biderman-Pam

Glen Biderman-Pam

Based: Johannesburg

Glen Biderman-Pam is a stand-up comedian, actor and director.

Glen graduated from UCT with an honours degree in Theatre and Performance. Soon after, he landed two major roles in plays that ran at The Market Theatre and The Baxter Theatre. After a short stint of open spots, he won the Comedy Central Open Mic Competition.

Since making his professional debut in 2013, Glen has appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central on multiple occasions, as well as SABC 2’s late night talk show Bantu Hour, Blacks Only and the Jive Cape Town Comedy Festival in Cape Town and then on London’s West End Leicester Theatre.

He has been nominated three times for the Savanna Comics Choice Awards. He has performed internationally at the Perth Fringe World Festival. Locally, he headlines regularly all over Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Glen was recently in the smash hit show Bad Jews which sold out in Cape Town and Johannesburg

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