Shap­ing up for win­ter

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just how crazy it gets in­side this head of mine. I’ve al­ways wanted to do that. I love sto­ries: where they can go and how you can in­form those sto­ries, truth­ful, weird and crazy funny sto­ries, an en­sem­ble of char­ac­ters played all by my­self and mu­sic writ­ten and com­posed by me, with some being ar­ranged on stage in front of you.”

The Jive Cape Town Funny Fes­ti­val fea­tures in­ter­na­tional spe­cialty acts and a line-up of South African stand- up comics which in­cludes Marc Lot­ter­ing, Loy­iso Madinga, Daniel Mpilo Richards and Mel Jones. Alan Com­mit­tie is em­cee.

Two new spe­cialty acts – not seen be­fore on the fes­ti­val – are comedic ma­gi­cians/ il­lu­sion­ists Paul Dabek and Cap­tain Frodo.

Dabek, from the UK, has been a hit of the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val and was a sen­sa­tion at the Ade­laide Fringe ear­lier this year. He took two shows to the Ade­laide: Mis­chief and his award-win­ning chil­dren’s show, The I Hate Kids Show.

Fes­ti­val pro­ducer Eddy Cas­sar said: “I saw Paul per­form over the last two years at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe. He is won­der­ful. In min­utes he has the au­di­ence in the palm of his hand. His magic is great and he ends his Mis­chief show with a three-minute in­sert which will take your breath away. He wants to put his kid’s show on while he’s here – maybe once or twice. Let’s see what hap­pens.”

Cap­tain Frodo is a Nor­we­gian con­tor­tion­ist who lives in Aus­tralia. Born dou­ble-jointed, he is known as The Rub­ber Man and does weird things with his body.

Cas­sar was cap­ti­vated when he saw him per­form last year in Lon­don at La Soiree – a va­ri­ety show. “The show won the Lau­rence Oliver Award for best en­ter­tain­ment show. He is a sen­sa­tional con­tor­tion­ist who has blended his tal­ent with com­edy.”

At the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, ac­claimed UK comic Stephen K Amos per­forms his new show, World Fa­mous, on the open­ing weekend, July 2 and 3. The Pre­tend Men – a com­pany from the UK – present phys­i­cal com­edy in Po­lice Cops. This show sold out at last year’s Cape Town Fringe.

The Very Big Com­edy Show on July 5 is pro­duced and em­ceed by Rob van Vu­uren and will in­clude Loy­iso Gola, Tats Nkonzo, Mo­jak Le­hoko, Alan Com­mit­tie, Louise Reay, Nik Rabi­nowitz and Vir­gil Prins.

Tick­ets for iChameleon are R120. Tick­ets for the Jive Cape Town Funny Fes­ti­val are R190 with sub­stan­tial dis­counts for block book­ings. Book at www. com­puticket. com/0861 9158000 for both. For book­ings at the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, see­tion­alarts­fes­ti­


Con­tor­tion­ist Cap­tain Frodo per­forms at the Cape Town Jive Funny Fes­ti­val.

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