The Johannesburg International Comedy Festival gets underway in the Braamfontein precinct this weekend as the international talent arrives in the city.

We’ve started our engines and there’s no turning back now! The countdown has begun for Johannesburg’s premiere comedy event, The Johannesburg International Comedy Festival has kicked off.
Taking place this weekend, 31 March – 1 April, the event sees the largest contingent of the world’s funniest humans coming together to celebrate comedy and the universal language of laughter.

All the amazing talent on the line-up are thrilled to be part of the festival and ready to entertain South Africans. UK comedian Athena Kugblenu says this is her very first trip to South Africa and she is looking forward to it with much enthusiasm. “I am thrilled to be performing at JICF! It’s my first visit to South Africa so hopefully I’ll remember I’m there to perform as well as behave like an excited tourist. Though I have just seen you have a Lion Park and that is a very distracting thing for a Londoner.”
Imran Yusuf, Kenyan native but now also living in London, is also excited about his first visit to the country. “It is an honour to perform for a people and country that has been exemplary in overcoming apartheid and cultivating the arts together as a one people, he says.
To begin the weekends’ festivities, all the comedians will be welcomed at a launch event at Living Room in Maboneng. The second edition of JICF promises to be another world class comedy extravaganza – one not to be missed or you’ll be left with an epic case of FOMO! Get your tickets today and prepare to be blown away!
Please find the full line up for the Festival are as follows;

Stand Up Africa – Hosted by Basketmouth (Nigeria)
6 of the best comedians in Africa on one stage! Africa Stand Up!!!
LINE-UP: Loyiso Madinga (SA), Eddie Kadi (Congo), Q Dube (Zimbabwe), Prince Abdi (Somalia), Imran Yusuf (Kenya)

League of Nations – Hosted by Joey Rasdien (South Africa)
A unique comedy experience featuring 6 acts from 6 countries in a league of their own!
LINE-UP: Eric Lampaert (France), Igor Meerson (Russia), Eddy King (Canada),
Cokey Falkow (SA), Ahmed Bharoocha (USA)

Live from The Alex – Hosted by Nina Hastie (South Africa)
Showcasing trailblazing female comedic talent! You’ll be laughing your *** off!
LINE-UP: Celeste Ntuli (SA), Athena Kugblenu (UK), Sofie Hagen (Denmark), Mel Jones (SA), Angel Campey (SA)

Vernac Attack – Hosted by Tips Shampoonaizer (South Africa)
Vernac Attack features a hot line up of local comedians performing in their mother tongue!
LINE-UP (SA): Summary, Roni Modimola, Noko Moswete, Kedibone Mulaudzi

Late Nite @ The Orbit – Hosted by Tats Nkonzo (South Africa)
This will be a late-night comedy and jazz extravaganza at the one and only Orbit Jazz Café

FRIDAY LINE-UP: Kagiso Lediga (SA), Eddy King (Canada), Igor Meerson (Russia), Eric Lampaert (France), Jessica Michelle Singleton (USA), Basketmouth (Nigeria), Eddie Kadi (Congo)

SATURDAY LINE-UP: Imran Yusuf (Kenya), Sofie Hagen (Denmark), Cokey Falkow (SA), Eric Lampaert (France), Ahmed Bharoocha (USA), Athena Kugblenu (UK), Kagiso Lediga (SA),

The Johannesburg International Comedy Festival is proudly supported by M-Net Movies, Kaya FM, City of Joburg, The Four Seasons Westcliff, DISCOP, Southpoint and the Montreux Comedy Festival (Switzerland)

Tickets for all shows are available from at Ticketpros ranging from R75 (for students) – R300.
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