UPDATE: Africa’s favourite annual celebration of comedy, Johannesburg International Comedy Festival (JICF), has been postponed due to the international outbreak and global spread of the COVID-19. The festival was set to take place at Joburg Theatre from 15-18 April.
This announcement also follows the fact that President Cyril Ramaphosa declared South Africa as a National State of Disaster recently – which also restricts international and domestic travels over the next 30 days.
In the best interest of our ticket holders and fans of this international feast of comedy the JICF board and its partners, have decided to postpone this festival until further notice.
“In light of the President’s recent address, we’ve had to make the difficult but yet most sensible decision to postpone the Festival to a later date. Bigger than comedy, our primary concern is the health and welfare of our artists, staff and audiences. With that said, we now join the rest of the country in combatting the spread of COVID-19. We thank everyone that’s supported us thus far and look forward to putting together a great Festival in the not so distant future.” says Takunda Bimha, Founder and Director for JICF.
Further information and new festival dates will be made available to the public in due course. Despite the unexpected inconvenience, ticket holders can retain their tickets for future dates. Alternatively for refunds please contact www.webtickets.co.za , www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0861 670 670.
The JICF board, together with its sponsors and partners, are committed to ensuring a world-class celebration of comedy for all role-players involved and fans can expect a jam-packed comedy experience showcasing an array of international, continental and local comedy stars at a later stage.
The Johannesburg International Comedy Festival, established in 2015, has become one of the biggest celebrations of stand-up comedy on the continent. It showcases the very best in local and international comedy talent performing to thousands of fans in multiple shows across the different venues at the world-class Joburg Theatre. The festival continues to have a strong working partnership with one of the biggest properties in Europe, the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland which turns 31 this year!
The much-anticipated Johannesburg International Comedy Festival (JICF) returns with another mouth-watering feast of comedy over four hilariously jam-packed days, promising to be one of the biggest celebrations of funny on the continent for 2020!
The largest independent international comedy festival in Africa, JICF, rolls out its fourth edition with over 30 local, continental and international comedians taking over The Mandela, Lesedi and Space.com Theatres at the Joburg Theatre precinct in Braamfontein, from Wednesday, 15 April to Saturday, 18 April 2020.
Audiences looking forward to great comedy from the best comedians that Africa and the globe have to offer or just wanting to experience a fun night out on the town are in for a massive treat this year.
Once again, South Africa will be strongly represented by some of its funniest men and women proudly flying the flag up high at this year’s edition. The Mzansi contingent for the 2020 instalment includes Jason Goliath, Celeste Ntuli, Mpho Popps, Kagiso Lediga, Joey Rasdien, Conrad Koch and Chester Missing, Tats Nkonzo, Rob van Vuuren, Robby Collins, Mojak Lehoko, Yaaseen Barnes, Thabiso Mhlongo, Lindy Johnson, Ebenaezer Dibakwane amongst others to be confirmed in due course.
Continental acts confirmed thus far are African giants Salvado (Uganda) and Alfred Kainga (Zimbabwe) who are set to impress Johannesburg audiences with their unique Afrocentric style of comedy.
Over the next few weeks, more shows and international comedy talents will be added to the festival line-up with every indication of another bumper comedy extravaganza in store.
“I am excited to reveal that the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival is back with a bang this year. We are thrilled to bring over 30 of the most exciting acts in SA, the continent and the globe to Johannesburg for a few days of exceptional comedy and memorable fun. We are looking to build on the successes of the previous editions and provide our audiences with another novel and unforgettable comedy experience,” says Takunda Bimha, Founder and Director for JICF.
“We are excited to collaborate with this year’s edition of the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival. Our role is to amplify a great offering the festival has to offer to millions of South Africans. Through this partnership, SABC 2 will be broadcasting the Johannesburg International Comedy festival stand up offering comprising of the best from the previous editions which will take place every Saturday, over four weeks starting from the 11th of April 2020. Through this partnership, premium comedy content will now be accessible to a wider audience, elevating the JICF to new heights. SABC 2 is now a channel where JICF belongs.” – Dichaba Phalatse, SABC TV Network Marketing Manager.
JICF proudly brought to you by SABC2 in partnership with the Department of Arts & Culture and Savanna.
The current line-up of festival shows to look forward to are:
THIS IS SATAFRIKA
Wednesday, 15th April 2020
Proudly brought to you by Kagiso Lediga, the grand opening show of the Festival will feature comedians, celebrities, pastors and other interesting Mzansi personalities. This show will be a comedy extravaganza of epic proportions and a hilarious take on all the funny goings-on in South Africa today.
Thursday, 16th April 2020
Hosted by Joey Rasdien featuring Lindy Johnson and international comedians (to be announced soon), these hilarious comedians have got some things to get off their chests. Expect them to bring the heat to the stage! Do not bring your mother-in-law along to this show….or maybe do!
Friday, 17th April 2020
Hosted by Mpho Popps featuring Ebenaezer Dibakwane and a variety of international comedians. These comedians are tearing it up on the streets right now! Don’t miss this show as you are guaranteed laughs for days and a damn good night out!
STAND UP AFRICA
Saturday, 18th April 2020
Hosted by Tats Nkonzo featuring Thabiso Mhlongo, Salvado (Uganda), Alfred Kainga (Zimbabwe) as well as a number of continental comedians. Dubbed as a festival favourite, we bring you yet another mouth-watering line up showcasing some of the continent’s finest comedians. Loudly and proudly African we Stan!
JICF ALL STARS
Saturday, 18th April 2020
Hosted by Jason Goliath featuring Celeste Ntuli, Rob van Vuuren, Yaaseen Barnes and various international comedians to be announced soon. JICF All Stars is a specially curated line-up of the finest local and international headlining comedians that will be a fitting climax to this year’s festival. Fans can expect this to be a comedy show of the year contender!
ONE NIGHT STANDS – Get up-close-and-personal with some of your favourite Mzansi comedians and their shows at this year’s festival: with more to be announced, the following have already been confirmed
Mojak Lehoko: presents Mojak & Friends
Saturday 18 April 2020 at 15.00pm
Chester Missing & Conrad Koch: How To End Racism
Saturday 18 April 2020 at 16:00pm
Robby Collins: Iyeza
Saturday 18 April 2020 at 16:30pm
The age restriction for all comedy shows is 16 years old.
“Our programming strategy for the past three festivals has proven to be a winning formula that’s landed well with our audiences. We are aiming for more of the same, if not even better this year. Particularly, I’m very proud of the local contingent that’s on our bill which combines some of the biggest names in South African comedy with the hottest comedy talent that’s coming out of the local scene today. With the array of world-class continental and international talent that we will be announcing soon, this promises to be a truly vintage year for the Festival,” Bimha concludes.
The Johannesburg International Comedy Festival takes place at the Joburg Theatre, from Wednesday, 15 April to Saturday, 18 April 2020.