The top comedy spots in Jozi
We round up some of the city's best comedic venues
by Dave Mann Posted: 2017/09/21
South Africa is home to some truly innovative stand-up comedians, many of whom go on to make a name for themselves across international waters. Throughout every city and small town in the country, a new stand-up comic takes to the mic for the first time, eager to make a name for themselves in the local comedy scene.
Joburg, with its multitude of venues, is arguably one of the top cities when it comes to stand-up comedy. If you’re in the city and looking to attend a few shows or open mic nights, why not try a few of these Joburg comedic staples?
POPArt does a great job at pioneering the performing and theatrical arts in Joburg. They’re also committed to keeping local comedy alive and kicking. Each Sunday evening at their Box Theatre, situated in the arts hub of Maboneng, you can experience a line-up of great new stand-up comics, hosted by none other than Goliath&Goliath. Grab a drink and a snack at the bar outside, and brace yourself for an evening of great local talent. A perfect way to end off the weekend.
Suited for: Regular stand-up comedy fans who don’t mind paying to see some of Joburg’s finest acts.
Poppy’s sits on the corner of 7th street and 2nd Avenue in Melville and functions as a casual restaurant that serves mostly Italian and Portuguese cuisine. Come Monday night’s, however, the venue opens itself up to some of the best emergent comedic talent in town. The setup is simple – chairs and stools, a sliding door that opens up onto the street for those who need a smoke in between performances, and a host of comedic talent up front. The shows feature a few familiar faces, but each week will bring new comedic talent. Best of all, it’s free!
Suited for: Younger crowds who enjoy short, sharp sets that are fresh and innovative.
Situated at The Venue in Melrose Arch, The Goliath Comedy Club is easily one of Joburg’s most well-known comedy venues. With weekly shows featuring some of the top local and international comedians, the venue specialises in private comedy shows, meaning no open mics and no names you’ve never heard of – you get what you pay for.
Suited for: Older fans of comedy who are looking for a well-rounded meal, a few drinks and a stellar line up of top-notch performers.
If you’re from Joburg, you’ll be familiar with Kitchener’s. Most likely, you’ll know it as a party spot that’s also good for a bite during the day, and some morning thrift shopping over the weekend. On Tuesday’s, however, the popular nightclub also functions as a stand-up comedy venue, closing off the dancefloor to play host to many of Joburg’s talented comics. Grab a beer, grab a bite to eat, and settle in for a night of great comedic talent from old and new stand-up comics.
Suited for: Younger crowds who enjoy a bit of live entertainment before heading out for the night.
A brand-new addition to Greenside, Capri Kitchen and Bar is still finding its feet as far as Joburg venues go. In addition to their new food and drinks menu, the venue’s recently opened itself up to comedy nights every Thursday which feature a steady rotation of new faces and emergent performers. If you’re keen on dinner and a show, Capri’s Comedy Nights are a good place to start.
Suited for: Those who aren’t familiar with the stand-up comedy scene, but are looking to try it out.
Another hallmark of South African comedy, Parker’s plays host to some of the country’s (and even the world’s) finest comedic talent. The venue forms part of the Montecasino complex in Fourways which means you can really plan a full night out. With the venue seating up to 280 people, you won’t have trouble finding a seat.
Suited for: Those looking for a full night of entertainment, including some of the finest comedy in Joburg.
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