FUNNY TALKS

Lunchtime Q&A with Industry Experts

An entertaining and informative power hour with comedy experts. From stand-up comedians, cartoonist and academics in the field, there is something for everyone who has ever wondered ‘Why? How? What?’

Hosted by multi-nominated SA Comic Choice Awards, Alfred Adriaan, think Ted Talks….just Funny!

Tuesday 3rd: JOE PARKER

Joe Parker, more than anyone else, has advanced stand-up comedy in South Africa creating opportunity and work for comics starting out, and those at the veteran end of their careers…and everything in between.

Joe’s comedy career kicked off in 1971 in a very different South Africa, and since then beginning he has won a reputation as an outstanding comic, mentor, promoter and pioneering comedy club owner.

This “Lifetime Achiever” and “Best Friend of Comedy” Award winner shares his Life in Comedy story.

Wednesday 4th: PIPPA TSHABALALA

Pippa Tshabalala is best known as the television host of South Africa’s first locally produced TV show on video games – The Verge.

She holds a BAFA and MAFA (Digital Animation) from Wits University and lectured 3D animation at Honours and Masters level at Wits Digital Arts.

She has made many impressive lists – from Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans to BrandSA’s 40 under 40. She has hosted and spoken at numerous tech events, including co-hosting BCX Disrupt with keynote speakers Will.I.Am and Malcolm Gladwell. Pippa is passionate about all things video games and animation. She is currently the On Air and Creative Services Manager for The Walt Disney Company Africa.

Pippa’s insight into the Trends and Future of Media and Gaming as medium for social change, is a must see.

Thursday 5th: STUART GOLDSMITH

Stuart Goldsmith is an internationally award-winning comedian, writer, podcaster and host.

Host of the renowned Comedian’s Comedian Podcast, Stuart has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up in which is enthusiasm and natural charm conceal a fearless quick wit. As seen on TBS’ Conan.

“Truly a comedy masterclass… Endlessly inventive” -The List ★★★★

“A master of the form” – Independent

Join the podcast guru as he shines a light on the most furtive creative secrets of comics and an in-depth talk on comedy creation. Part interview, part master class, part therapy.

Friday 6th: THIERRY CASSUTTO (executive producer & co-creator of ZANEWS)

Thierry Cassuto is the Founder and CEO of Both Worlds, an award-winning Cape Town based film, television and digital content production company. 

Thierry, a permanent resident of South Africa since 1998, was born in France and holds a Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne in Paris and a Master of Science in Broadcasting from Boston University.

Back in France Thierry was a creative “suit” who, working within large media corporate organisations, helped launch leading French TV channels M6 and Paris Première, and commissioned shows that became national hits.  

In 1998, freshly arrived in South Africa, Thierry created Both Worlds to develop and produce fresh concepts, including ZANEWS’ Puppet Nation, the first satirical show in South Africa, which ran daily for ten years and became the most awarded TV and online show in the country.  Both Worlds produced hundreds of hours of primetime content, including edgy comedy shows Point of Order for StarTimes, Parlement Parlement for KykNet and Comedy Central News for the Viacom Africa channel. 

Thierry was twice nominated for an international Emmy award for ZANEWS, won a grand total 27 SAFTAs (South African Film and TV Awards), 10 NAB Bookmarks, was named Financial Mail Newsmaker of the year in 2010 and was a SAMA nominee for directing controversial music video Chicken to Change with band Freshlyground, featuring Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. 

Thierry Cassuto on Wikipedia

Saturday 7th: LOYISO GOLA

Loyiso Gola Loyiso is a household name in South African as stand up comedian, with a Netflix special and appearances on Britain’s most prestigious comedy shows such as Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and QI – just to mention a few.

He hosted 12 seasons of his two-time International Emmy nominated satirical news show ‘Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola’, and was the African correspondent for Charlie Pickering’s The Weekly on the ABC in Australia.

CNN have featured Loyiso on their profile series, African Voices and his debut US stand up special “Loyiso Gola Live in New York” was launched at the prestigious New York Comedy Festival in 2016. His show “Unlearning” received rave reviews at the Sydney and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show has since been taken to New York for a run at Soho Playhouse earlier this year.

The talent of Gola is no stranger to the Comedy Festival circuit. He has played every reputable festival in the world and he joins us on the couch to talk about his journey – from ‘Late Night News’ to what’s next for satire in SA.

Buy Tickets

DATE: 03 – 07 MARCH
TIME: 13:00
VENUE: THE ARENA
DURATION: 50MIN
TICKETS R30
(ALL AGES)