Just For Laughs, the brand behind the 35 year global success story that is the Montreal International Comedy Festival, is coming to Africa. A joint venture between the iconic comedy brand and a South Africa-based conglomerate, Just For Laughs Africa will deliver a continent-wide mix of local comedy development, international comedy superstars and unprecedented opportunities for continental comedians to gain international exposure.
The first Just For Laughs Africa will take place in Durban, South Africa in 2018. The event will offer comedy fans the best of local, continental and international artists, which will grow year-on-year from its Durban home, thanks to a partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government. Just For Laughs has gained notoriety in South Africa with its programming broadcast on pay TV operator DStv.
In addition, JFL has a proud history of bringing to its festivals some of the best comedians from South Africa and beyond, including John Vlismas, David Kau, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Riaad Moosa, Basketmouth and of course, Trevor Noah. The South African stand-up comedy scene has grown exponentially over the past few years, with audiences developing an appreciation of the art and a host of dedicated comedy venues being custom-built in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Of course, the poster boy for SA comedy is The Daily Show host Noah, who has become a global household name since he stepped in to take over the immensely-popular show from Jon Stewart. Comedy continues to thrive across the rest of the continent as well, with comics from countries including Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Botswana enjoying loyal – and growing – followings at home and abroad.
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