JICF Comedians Share Their Best 2018 Moments And Hopes For 2019

Breaking the stage and splitting your sides with phat crackers we present you with the deep and meaningful festive feelings of three of the sizzling hot acts from the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival brought to you by 947. Get ready to cry tears of jolly joy with these funny AF comedians’ comments on their old and new year’s dreams.

With no introductions necessary, our favourite master of the microphone, ‘Larger than Life’ KG Mokgadi, “The Artist Informally Known As Prins”, and the guy who stole Trevor Noah’s heart, Tsitsi Chiumya give you a taste of their best and worst of comic craziness in 2018 and their aspirations for 2019. Take a sneak peek at the inner workings of these comic masterminds as they “wrap” up the year in true comic style by facing three questions.


Huge on the comic stage (and everywhere he goes), the ‘King of Giggles’ KG Mokgadi has smashed down walls and opened for many of the world’s leading comic performers. Known as one of our biggest rising sons of the Rainbow-ho-ho nation, he is sure to soon reach the stars:
1. Your top 3 comedy moments for 2018
  • Performing on Blacks Only at the Dome. It was a legendary show with 13 000 people in the audience. It was a milestone.
  • The ensemble Cape Town show which we took on tour throughout the country called Zero.
  • The Water Storage Tour with Carl Webber, Dalin Oliver and Yaaseen Barnes.
2. Your funniest/best/worst Christmas gifts ever
  • I don’t remember getting one. However, what our family used to do was the real ‘stokvel vibes’. We would just eat and bond and get together.
3. Your 2019 new year’s resolutions
  • All I’ve ever wanted is to fit comfortably into an XXL shirt. And then I will be happy.
Having performed internationally and racked up several awards along the way in just three years of professional performance, this Royal comedian may soon become the King of Comedy. He has even had the opportunity to open up for some of the greats like Barry HiltonLoyiso Gola, and Kagiso Lediga to name a few. See what he had to say:
1. Your top 3 comedy moments for 2018
  • Performing on Trevor Noah’s Nationwild presented by MNET & Showmax.
  • Presenting an Award at Annual Savanna Comics Choice Awards held at the Lyric Theatre and broadcast on 1Magic DStv.
  • Working on the set of Dancing With The Stars, South Africa.
2. Your funniest/best/worst Christmas gifts ever
  • A knife. I was so upset. I had specifically requested a game boy (gaming toy), but alas my mom got me a multi-purpose pocket knife. We normally stay up later after midnight, in aw of our toys. That night I slept early.
3. Your 2019 new year’s resolutions
  • To put out my 1 man show “Unnecessary”, which I believe can be the hottest 1 Man show of 2019.
Now anyone who is anyone knows Tsitsi and his laugh-a-minute comic face. This small-town funny man is fast becoming the stuff that comic legends are made of, after having gone from pro video game designer to comic genius. With a unique style of humour that we can all relate to, he has stormed the stage and created a solid following with even the likes of Kagiso Lediga and his role model Trevor Noah giving him a big thumbs up. His thoughts were:
1. Your top 3 comedy moments for 2018
  • Being part of the BBC special ‘The Arts Hour’.
  • Winning best newcomer at the Comic’s Choice Awards.
  • Doing the 12 ZED Laughter Festival in Zambia (after headlining 38 shows in Asia).
  • Being chosen to work with longtime idol Trevor Noah on ‘NationWild’
2. Your funniest/best/worst Christmas gifts ever
  • I received a laptop junior from my father, but I was too old for it as it was for kids. I loved using it but it was for youngsters.
3. Your 2019 new year’s resolutions
  • To do a one-man show called ‘So Naïve’.
  • Touring in every province with a 400 seater audience; recording it for broadcast and selling 15 million copies worldwide (naïve, right?).
  • And to host my own TV show.

So there you have it – with more magic and way funnier than the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, and Santa all put together, these guys are sure to keep you in stitches in the new year.

Stay tuned to www.jicf.co.za as more comedians will be announced in 2019 and added to the already jam-packed line-up of the hottest and funniest talent that this unique festival has to offer.

The line-up for the much-anticipated festival is:
Loyiso GolaJohn VlismasTumi MorakeConrad Koch and Chester MissingKagiso LedigaSchalk BezuidenhoutTsitsi ChiumyaKG Mokgadi and Prins from South Africa as well as Daliso Chaponda (Malawi); Dane Baptiste (UK); Ali Al Sayed(UAE).

The exciting show line-up is:
League of Nations – hosted by Conrad Koch & Chester Missing (South Africa) Featuring hilarious comedians from all over the world, this show has no borders.
Nelson Mandela Stage, Joburg Theatre
Friday15 March 2019 at 20h30

Stand Up Africa – hosted by Tumi Morake (South Africa)
A laugh out loud comedy show featuring the best comedians from all over Africa.
Nelson Mandela Stage, Joburg Theatre
Saturday, 16 March 2019 at 18h30

Fire In The Hole – hosted by John Vlismas (South Africa)
A no holds barred comedy show that will be too raw for television and will carry an age restriction of no under 21s Nelson Mandela Stage, Joburg Theatre
Saturday16 March 2019 at 21h00.

One Night Stands – An intimate comedy experience with your favourite local comedians flying solo. Featuring;
Loyiso Gola – Unlearning
The Fringe, Joburg Theatre
Friday15 March 2019 at 19h00

Schalk Bezuidenhout – Snorseun (Show in Afrikaans)
The Fringe, Joburg Theatre
Saturday16 March 2019 at 17h30

The Johannesburg International Comedy Festival takes place at the Joburg Theatre, from Thursday14 March to Sunday17 March 2019. For more information on the various show times, lineups and comedians, visit www.jicf.co.za. Tickets range from R 150 to R 250 and are now available at www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670.

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