Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Comedy Bar brings the funny to every corner of South Africa because laughter is a basic human right.
Johannesburg, 13 September 2022: This Heritage Month, South Africa’s two biggest comedy brands Comedy Central Africa and Savanna Cider are entering the next phase in their mission to drop the “virtual” and take to the streets to make South Africans laugh. Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Comedy Bar, is set to premier on Comedy Central Africa on 20 September at 22:00. Laughter is guaranteed with headliners including David Kau, Jason Goliath, Lihle Msimang, Mojak Lehoko, Rob Van Vuuren, KG Mokgadi, Siya Seya, Nonto Rubushe, and Robby Collins.
With this star-studded cast, the stand-up TV series follows the antics of its comedic presenters on their recently completed road-trip across the country. Thabiso Mhlongo, who took home the 2016 Comedy Central “Grab The Mic” crown, Noko Moswete, the laughing princess of Limpopo, rising comic Cobus van Rensburg, and Lindy Johnson, who worked on the Comedy Central Roast of Khanyi Mbau travel from city to city and give us a fun take on where they find themselves between stand-up shows and tourism mayhem. This ‘anti-travel’ take on seeing the weird and wonderful sides of South Africa will be packed with laughs that are bound to be the talk of the town and show a completely different view of the places you’d least expect!
Each episode of Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Comedy Bar takes place in a different South African city and features stand-up sets from some of the country’s biggest stand-up comedians along with a set from the series regulars. South Africans across the country are also featured in the series through on-the-ground interviews done by different open mic talent each week, including comedy vandals: Shanray Van Wyk, Monde Blose, Q Dube, Phil De Lange, Sophie Joans, Wazi Kunene, Charles Mthethwa, Eugene Matthews and Arlene Peterson. This ensures inclusive comedic storytelling that authentically speaks to the South African audience.
Dillon Khan, Vice President for Comedy Central Africa elaborated, “We launched Comedy Central Live In the midst of the COVID19 outbreak with the intention of virtually bringing people together through comedy and doing our part to keep the industry afloat. With restrictions lifted, we worked with Savanna to take laughter and humour to the streets, and now we’re bringing all that hilarity back to TV screens so that no one misses out. After two weird years of uncertainty and lockdown, we’re inviting audiences everywhere to let loose and laugh out loud with the funniest comedians SA has to offer.”
Monde Twala, Senior Vice President of Editorial and General Manager Paramount Africa concluded to say, “As part of our mission to make stand-up comedy more accessible, all our Comedy Central Africa social media platforms will house elements of the Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Comedy Bar broadcast. Full episodes will be available on our YouTube channel 7 days after TV broadcast. Not only will this create further exposure for our talent and particularly the up-and-coming open mic cast, it also makes sure all Africans across the world can laugh along with us this Heritage month and beyond.”
Like the Comedy Central Africa page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/comedycentralafrica or join the Comedy Central Live conversation on Twitter and Instagram: @comedycentralAF, using the hashtags #CCLive #SavannaComedyBar or #StandUpForYourComedy. Catch the premiere of Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Comedy Bar on Comedy Central Africa (DStv Channel 122) on Tuesday, 20 September at 22:00 PM CAT. Weekly repeats commence on Sunday, 25 September at 22:00 PM CAT. All episodes will also premiere on Comedy Central Africa YouTube page seven days after TV broadcast.