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Eugene Khoza, Tats Nkonzo, Lazola Gola and Wil Sylvince join the line-up.

As the nation’s comics warm up for the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival Brought to you by Savanna Premium Cider, Comedy Central (122) has revealed the final line-up for the Festival, with more than 10 000 comedy fans expected to join in the laugher at Africa’s biggest comedy celebration.

Added to the line-up for the Best of Africa gala is Ndumiso Lindi, who joins Basketmouth, Carl Joshua Ncube, Churchill, David Kau and Salvado. Eugene Khoza and Tats Nkonzo both join Hannibal Buress, Aries Spears, Marc Lottering and Darren Whackhead Simpson at the International Gala (Saturday 5 December at 20:00 CAT at The Globe), while Khoza will also have a hosting spot on Comedy and Magic, featuring comedian Ebenhaezer Dibakwane and magician Mo Magic. Rounding out the festival’s dazzling array of comedy talent will be Lazola Gola, who is taking part in The Future, a special slot for up-and-coming talent, alongside Gavin Kelly, Snooze, Mojak Lehoko and Khanyisa Bunu (Saturday 5 December at 22:00 CAT at The Comedy Cube). 

As an added bonus, all four of Trevor Noah’s NationWild galas (25 to 28 November) will include a special appearance by US comic Wil Sylvince - a stalwart on Comedy Central (USA) and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, who has honed his act in New York’s top comedy clubs such as the Comedy Cellar, Comic Strip Live, and Caroline’s on Broadway, Stand-Up NY and The Gotham Comedy Club. His unique perspective on political and social issues, with a twist of his West Indian Haitian culture, makes Sylvince a comedian in high demand to tour with US comedy heavyweights like Damon Wayans, D.L. Hughley, Wayans Brothers, Katt Williams and Gabriel Iglesias.

Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “We are delighted to reveal the final finishing touches to our line-up setting the scene for an incredible festival that will elevate the South African comedy scene to new heights, both now and in the future.”

The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival takes place for the first time at Silverstar, Johannesburg between 25 November and 5 December. Encompassing 18 separate events over six nights, with more than 60+ comedians, the festival will be held all under one roof at Silverstar, Johannesburg, shining a spotlight on comedians from Africa and the rest of the world.

The final line-up for the Festival includes Aries Spears, Basketmouth, Cape Town Comedy Club (featuring Kurt Schoonraad), Carl Joshua Ncube, Carvin H Goldstone, Casper de Vries, Celeste Ntuli, Chris Forrest, Churchill, Darren “Whackhead’ Simpson, David Kau, Deep Fried Man, Devin Gray, Dillan Oliphant, Dusty Rich, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, Eugene Khoza, Gavin Kelly, Goliath & Goliath (Donovan Goliath, Jason Goliath & Nicholas Goliath), Griff, Hannes Brümmer, Hannibal Buress, Jay Boogie, Jeff Ross, John Vlismas, Khanyisa Bunu, Lazola Gola, Lungelo Ndlovu, Mark Banks, Marc Lottering, Martin Evans, Melt Sieberhagen, Mo Magic, Mo Mothebe, Mojak Lehoko, Mpho Popps, Ndumiso Lindi, Nina Hastie, Robby Collins, Richelieu Beaunoir, Salvado, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Simmi Areff, Skhumba Hlophe, Smowkey Nyembe, Snooze, Tats Nkonzo, Tracy Klaas, Trevor Gumbi, Trevor Noah, Wil Sylvince and Yaaseen Barnes.

South African comedy royalty and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah kicks off the festival with a gala performance of his NationWild tour (Wednesday 25 November at 20:00 CAT at The Globe)*. 

Tickets for the festival are on sale at Computicket, priced R120 to R650. Buy your ticket now for the International Gala featuring Hannibal Buress and Aries Spears or the Best of Africa gala, and you could get two tickets for the price of one (R350).

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