Funny Fes­ti­val de­liv­ers a 5-star night of laugh­ter

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THE Jive Cape Town Funny Fes­ti­val de­liv­ered by Turk­ish Air­lines is best de­scribed as a first class ex­am­ple of va­ri­ety meet­ing stand-up com­edy. Brain child of com­edy en­tre­pre­neur Eddy Cas­sar, the show, which runs at the Baxter Theatre nightly till Au­gust 7, has been play­ing to packed houses since it opened on July 11.

It is fair to say that one would ex­pect a great show from the stel­lar cast as­sem­bled. Put Marc Lot­ter­ing, Alan Com­mit­tie, En­nio Marchetto and Kev Orkian on the same bill and you are sure to have a hit. Not nec­es­sar­ily.

There is a chem­istry and en­ergy gen­er­ated by the lesser known comics like Glen Bi­der­man-Pam, Justin-Ray Stof­fels, The Big Boys, Gino Fab­bri and Yaaseen Barnes that moulds the show into a fives­tar ex­pe­ri­ence.

Alan Com­mit­tie is mas­ter­ful as the MC. Draw­ing on years of one-man theatre ex­pe­ri­ence he has a unique knack of pre­par­ing the au­di­ence for the show and, specif­i­cally, for each artist.

Ev­ery artist glides onto the stage and presents their piece with an eas­i­ness that be­lies their nerves. This is a re­sult of a good master of cer­e­monies ply­ing his craft to per­fec­tion.

The show has many high­lights. Need­less to say, Lot­ter­ing, who is adored by Funny Fes­ti­val fans, de­liv­ers a pow­er­ful set of the “world ac­cord­ing to Marc”, laugh­ing at sit­u­a­tions that make up our ev­ery­day life. He is a ge­nius at work.

There isn’t a weak act. Lesser known co­me­di­ans, Glen Bi­der­man-Pam and Justin-Ray Stof­fels im­press and keep the laugh­ter at fever pitch.

Bi­der­man-Pam is hi­lar­i­ous while Stof­fels, in his first time in front of such a large au­di­ence, laments los­ing his girl­friend to a guy who works for Lewis fur­ni­ture store!

Sur­prises in­clude The Big Boys from the Kalk Bay Theatre and Port El­iz­a­beth funny man Gino Fab­bri. The rou­tines are ex­e­cuted to per­fec­tion and are hi­lar­i­ous and will have you chuck­ling for days.

The Funny Fes­ti­val is renowned for re­cruit­ing top in­ter­na­tional va­ri­ety acts. Two are in­cluded this year. Ital­ian su­per star, En­nio Marchetto, best de­scribed as a comedic live en­ter­tainer whose per­for­mance fea­tures quick-change artistry and im­per­son­ations, pre­sent­ing twenty artists to pop­u­lar back­ing tracks. He is well known around the world as “The Liv­ing Pa­per Car­toon”. He is a must see.

Kev Orkian is no stranger to the Funny Fes­ti­val. As a clas­si­cally trained pi­anist, Orkian’s key­board wiz­ardry, with his Vic­tor Borge style com­edy, has made him one of the most sought-after com­edy va­ri­ety acts on the cir­cuit.

The Jive Cape Town Funny Fes­ti­val, de­liv­ered by Turk­ish Air­lines holds its rep­u­ta­tion as a great comedic night out. It runs un­til Au­gust 7. Book­ing can be made through Com­puticket. There are gen­er­ous dis­counts with group book­ings. Be sure not to miss it. Ginno Fab­bri Marc Lot­ter­ing The Big Boys Yaaseen Barnes

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