Get some comedy relief with the best funnymen – and women – in SA

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Joey Rasdien will headline Savanna Durban Comedy Week, which runs from July 26 to 29. Photo: Supplied

LIFE can be all too serious, so why not enjoy some comedic relief courtesy of a mix of Durban and South Africa’s best funnymen – and women.

Heading to the Tropical Nites Theatre at the Wild Coast Sun on July 22 for the Crazy Funny Comedy Show are Annalakshmi, KG Mokgadi, Neil Green, Jem Atkins and Mohammed Vawda.

Aside from Johannesburg-based comedian Mokgadi, the comedians are all proudly local and fans are guaranteed a night of side-splitting humour with a Durban twist and a sprinkle of Joburg flair.

“We are thrilled to welcome to our stage this eclectic group of funnymen. All established comedians in their own right; they each bring their own unique style of comedy to the show. Loads of laughter is definitely on the cards so don’t miss this one if you are in need of some comedy relief,” says Sandi Burger, PR and promotions manager at the Wild Coast Sun.

Tickets to the Crazy Funny Comedy Show are R120 at and the Wild Coast Sun reception. All ticketholders will also receive complimentary vouchers to World of Asia Cuisine and World of Asia Health & Wellness Spa.

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Annalakshmi will be performing in the Crazy Funny Comedy Show at the Wild Coast Sun. Photo: Supplied

There is more comedy on offer during the Savanna Durban Comedy Week, which runs from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29.

Hosted by On Fire Comedy, in partnership with Savanna Premium Cider and East Coast Radio, the headline act is the irrepressible Joey Rasdien.

Hysterically funny, deeply perceptive and a delight to watch, he has performed internationally at the prestigious comedy venue, Yuk Yuks, in Toronto, and is a regular on both the big and small screen in SA having appeared in Bunny Chow, Blitz Patrollie and Material with Riaad Moosa.

A firm favourite on comedy stages throughout the country, Rasdien has performed at and headlined many major comedy festivals and appeared in Blacks Only Comedy, which played to a capacity crowd of 4,000 people.

He will be joined by comedienne, Claudine Ullman, on tour from Johannesburg, Cape Town comedian, Keenan Cerff, and Durban’s finest: Kamz Govender, Green, Vawda, Atkins, Kelvin Stoffels, Glen Bo, Richelieu B and Daryl Williams.

Ullman is an actress, improviser, stand up comedienne, public speaker and was recently voted one of Mail & Guardians top 200 Young South Africans for her contribution to the comedy industry.

She has performed at Parker’s Comedy Club, Goliath Comedy Club, the Cape Town Comedy Club and the Clarens Comedy Festival.

Events get underway at the Amsterdam Comedy Club at the Amsterdam Bar, 143 Helen Joseph Road, Glenwood at 8.30 pm on Wednesday, July 26.The line-up features Cerff, Ullman, Richelieu B, Williams and Atkins. Tickets are R50 at the door. Phone 031 811 5449 or email for bookings and more information.

Atkins, Richelieu B, Cerff and Ullman return on Thursday, July 27 for a gig at the Riverside Comedy Night at the Riverside Hotel, 10 Kenneth Kaunda (Northway) Road in Durban North. Joining them will be Govender. The show starts at 8 pm and Tickets are R80 from Computicket or R100 at the door. Inquiries: 031 563 0600 or email

Rasdien will be courting the laughs with Stofels, Vawda, Atkins and Ullman at Friday Night Comedy at the Gateway Hotel in Umhlanga on Friday, July 28. Fans can look forward to 90-minutes of non-stop comedy entertainment from 8 pm at the hotel on the corner of Centenary Boulevard and Twilight Drive. Tickets are R120 at Computicket or R150 at the door. Inquiries: 031 536 9200 or email

The comedy week closes at 8.30 pm on Saturday, July 29 with a gig at the Ballito Comedy Night at the Pumpkin Theatre at La Montagne, 100 Compensation Road, Ballito.

The show is based in the popular television show, Whose Line?, and will see Bo, Atkins, Vawda and Ullman improvising for 90 minutes of hilarious entertainment. Tickets are R80 at Computicket or R100 at the door.  Inquiries: email

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