24 YEAR OLD WINS COMEDY CENTRAL UNSIGNED COMEDY TALENT SEARCH

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Glen Biderman-Pam (@GlenBidermanPam), a 24-year old actor from Killarney, has become the first ever winner of Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122)’s stand-up comedy talent search.

Comedy Central’s Evert van der Veer, comedy legend Joe Parker and Nicholas Goliath of Goliath&Goliath unanimouslychose Biderman-Pam as the winner at the Grand Final of the open-mic contest at the POPart Theatre, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg on Sunday 2 June.  The charistmatic Biderman-Pam won over the judges thanks to his confident and animated delivery, and his well-developed narrative and consistent train of thought which saw each sequence linked to the other in a clever way.  The judges also rated him for his high JPM (jokes per minute) quotient, which included hilarious riffs on his life as a struggling actor, his surreal encounter with a mosquito who impersonates Bob Dylan and his own take on what might really have happened in Oscar Pistorius’ bathroom.

Biderman-Pam wins the chance to appear alongside South Africa TV legend Joe Parker and other top comics at live stand-up gig Comedy Central Presents Joe Parker Live at Parker’s, taking place at Parker’s Comedy & Jive on Wednesday 26 June.  The show will subsequently broadcast across Africa on Comedy Central on Friday 16 August at 20:55 CAT.  Biderman-Pam’s winning style will also feature in a half-hour special, “Comedy Central Presents Open Mic Live at The Box” premiering on Friday16 August at 20:30 CAT.

 Biderman-Pam beat runners-up Zaakiya Khan and Werner Cloete, who were narrowed down by the judges from a field of 9 contestants who included Jzuan Dreyer, Tyson Ngubeni, Arieh Esra, Mo Mothebe, Lumkile Tyese and Adriaan de Klerk.

A graduate in Theatre and Performance from UCT, talented Biderman-Pam is a classically-trained actor with theatrical, movie and advertising experience.  At the tender age of 14 he interpreted the role of Johnny in Discovery Channel’s historical shark gore-fest “12 Days of Terror”.  In 2005, he played Hamlet in “15 Minute Hamlet” at the Memorial Theatre before going on to play romantic leads Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Romeo in “Romeo & Juliet”, as well as the title role in “Agamemnon”.  In 2011, he played David Levitt in South African anti-war classic “Somewhere on the Border” at the Grahamstown Festival, a role he reprised at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg in 2012. In 2011, he made his international theatrical debut at the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, Boston, Massachusetts interpreting the role of The Professor in “The Lesson” by Ionesco, a leading exponent of the “theatre of the absurd” movement.  Most recently, Biderman-Pam has been seen in the role of The Duke in Shakespeare’s “Othello” at the POPart Theatre, Maboneng Precinct. Among his other claims to fame, Biderman-Pam has the honour of appearing in the fastest film ever made, Team Best’s “Shotgun Garfunkel”– click hereto view the trailer. 

Speaking about his victory, a thrilled Biderman-Pam said, “Stand-up comedy is such a difficult profession to get into and it’s a great opportunity to have competitions like this for up-and-coming comedians who want to give it a shot. I’m extremely excited about my upcoming appearance at Parker’s and to being on the bill for Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s:  I’ve watched every single show on Comedy Central and I am a total fan!  The comedy is always of such a high standard, so I’m really looking to raise my game and develop some new material.”

Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “Glen’s victory and the efforts of all our contestants show that the future of stand-up comedy is truly alive and kicking in South Africa.  Glen has a real gift for comedy that the world needs to know about and we hope that this win will help him give him the platform he needs to further his ambitions in the stand-up comedy sphere.”

Glen Biderman-Pam (@GlenBidermanPam), a 24-year old actor from Killarney, has become the first ever winner of Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122)’s stand-up comedy talent search.

Comedy Central’s Evert van der Veer, comedy legend Joe Parker and Nicholas Goliath of Goliath&Goliath unanimouslychose Biderman-Pam as the winner at the Grand Final of the open-mic contest at the POPart Theatre, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg on Sunday 2 June.  The charistmatic Biderman-Pam won over the judges thanks to his confident and animated delivery, and his well-developed narrative and consistent train of thought which saw each sequence linked to the other in a clever way.  The judges also rated him for his high JPM (jokes per minute) quotient, which included hilarious riffs on his life as a struggling actor, his surreal encounter with a mosquito who impersonates Bob Dylan and his own take on what might really have happened in Oscar Pistorius’ bathroom.

Biderman-Pam wins the chance to appear alongside South Africa TV legend Joe Parker and other top comics at live stand-up gig Comedy Central Presents Joe Parker Live at Parker’s, taking place at Parker’s Comedy & Jive on Wednesday 26 June.  The show will subsequently broadcast across Africa on Comedy Central on Friday 16 August at 20:55 CAT.  Biderman-Pam’s winning style will also feature in a half-hour special, “Comedy Central Presents Open Mic Live at The Box” premiering on Friday16 August at 20:30 CAT.

 Biderman-Pam beat runners-up Zaakiya Khan and Werner Cloete, who were narrowed down by the judges from a field of 9 contestants who included Jzuan Dreyer, Tyson Ngubeni, Arieh Esra, Mo Mothebe, Lumkile Tyese and Adriaan de Klerk.

A graduate in Theatre and Performance from UCT, talented Biderman-Pam is a classically-trained actor with theatrical, movie and advertising experience.  At the tender age of 14 he interpreted the role of Johnny in Discovery Channel’s historical shark gore-fest “12 Days of Terror”.  In 2005, he played Hamlet in “15 Minute Hamlet” at the Memorial Theatre before going on to play romantic leads Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Romeo in “Romeo & Juliet”, as well as the title role in “Agamemnon”.  In 2011, he played David Levitt in South African anti-war classic “Somewhere on the Border” at the Grahamstown Festival, a role he reprised at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg in 2012. In 2011, he made his international theatrical debut at the UNESCO International Theatre Institute, Boston, Massachusetts interpreting the role of The Professor in “The Lesson” by Ionesco, a leading exponent of the “theatre of the absurd” movement.  Most recently, Biderman-Pam has been seen in the role of The Duke in Shakespeare’s “Othello” at the POPart Theatre, Maboneng Precinct. Among his other claims to fame, Biderman-Pam has the honour of appearing in the fastest film ever made, Team Best’s “Shotgun Garfunkel”– click hereto view the trailer. 

Speaking about his victory, a thrilled Biderman-Pam said, “Stand-up comedy is such a difficult profession to get into and it’s a great opportunity to have competitions like this for up-and-coming comedians who want to give it a shot. I’m extremely excited about my upcoming appearance at Parker’s and to being on the bill for Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s:  I’ve watched every single show on Comedy Central and I am a total fan!  The comedy is always of such a high standard, so I’m really looking to raise my game and develop some new material.”

Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “Glen’s victory and the efforts of all our contestants show that the future of stand-up comedy is truly alive and kicking in South Africa.  Glen has a real gift for comedy that the world needs to know about and we hope that this win will help him give him the platform he needs to further his ambitions in the stand-up comedy sphere.”

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