To flex your funny bone and warm your heart cockles (get your doctor’s permission first) check out some of Showmax’s finest stand-up comedy right now.
With his coy grin and wry, understated humour, Eldorado Park’s very own Dillan Oliphant gets you giggling while he quietly cuts to the heart of the matter, blindsiding you with some home-truths on township life, conflict resolution, looting, funerals, uncles, aunties and loneliness.
Goliath presence, goliath persona, goliath energy – that’s Jason Goliath. In Manstruation, the Black Tax star has a go at relationships, making light of both sides in the marital equation.
One of the “first ladies” of SA comedy, Eastern Cape-born comedian, actress, columnist and author Khanyisa Bunu tells it like it is with her trademark modesty and good, clean comedy (though she gets a little bit naughty here).
4. Schalk Bezuidenhout: Snorseun, Schalkie and Volksbesit
In Snorseun and Schalkie, his third Afrikaans and English one-man shows respectively, Schalk once again has a go at himself, Afrikaner identity, and preconceptions in general, bringing us strange encounters in Kempton Park and SA at large. In Volksbesit, he pokes fun at himself and other South Africans, with no topic or quirk off limits.
Since becoming the first black video game designer to graduate from Wits University, Limpopo comedian Tsitsi Chiumya has rocketed onto the stand-up scene since the comedy bug derailed his gaming career plans. Named the Comics Choice Best Newcomer in 2018, Tsitsi won the 2019 Next Level Award, and hosted last year’s Savanna Newcomer Showcase. He’s also earned a SAFTA for script-writing as part of the team behind Puppet Nation.
Christian comedian The Napsta uses music, ventriloquism and alter egos to address issues around the absence of fathers in South African society.