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2013-04-28 14:01

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Join the Freedom Day rush to enjoy what’s hot and happening this week. We pick the best in stand-up comedy and live music

Loyiso Gola’s Professional Black

1 His brand of comedy is not to everyone’s taste, but he has defied the odds by becoming one of the country’s most popular comics in the past few years. It’s Loyiso Gola, the tall Xhosa comedian from Gugulethu whose humour is littered with PG-13 words and content.

His one-man show, Professional Black, hits The Joburg Theatre stage on Tuesday.

“The title of my show alone ignites curiosity and provokes debate. People will have their preconceived notions and assumptions about what it means,” says Gola.

We are sure he will gleefully debunk every one of them.

»?From April 30 to May 12. Tickets are on sale at from R120

Kings and Queens of Comedy

2 Emperors Palace will be on fire tonight when “The Cousin” Barry Hilton, Trevor Gumbi, Darren “Whackhead” Simpson, Marc Lottering and Mel Jones, among others, take to the stage for the popular Kings and Queens of Comedy show.

These celeb comics will be joined by special guest Ava Vidal, dubbed the UK’s funniest woman. We foresee hysterical laughter here, so it’s best to come prepared for a belly ache.

»?Tickets are still available at

The Rise of The Insanity League

3 Comic actors Aaron McIlroy, Ben Voss and John van de Ruit call their league “a comedy movement; a sketch comedy show that pokes, provokes and tickles in all the right places”.

The trio’s Minute of Madness sketches are already broadcast regularly on East Coast Radio and 94.2 Jacaranda FM, and now the league is ready for world domination – or at least dominating South African stages.

With three experienced actors on one stage, we expect hilarious sketches and scathing punch lines.

»?Today is The Insanity League’s last day at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Tickets are available from or 0861?915?8000

Bay Harbour Comedy Supper Club

4 Not many women have succeeded in the tough world of comedy – just ask soapie star Kim Engelbrecht.

Fortunately for relative newcomer Angel Blythe Campey, who started doing the comedy circuit about two years ago, people love her humour.

Catch her at the Bay Harbour Comedy Supper Club in Hout Bay alongside Magic Man (Andrew Eland) and Dugald Pieterse. The woman who believes “dirty talk is best avoided as it just gets me mad”, should be a treat to watch.

»?The show is on Wednesday, May 1. Reserved seating is R90 and standing is R70 at or the Bay Harbour Market Boom Bar

The Chester Missing Roadshow

5 While you are in LMAO mode, make sure you don’t miss the politically incorrect, social-commentating comic puppet Chester Missing when he takes his show on the road.

Missing, a star in his own right on Loyiso Gola’s Late Night News spoof show on eNCA, is well known for taking on politicians. He pulls no punches when he’s got the likes of Jackson Mthembu, Blade Nzimande and Helen Zille in the ring. The show has an age restriction of PG-13.

»?The Chester Missing Roadshow takes place from April 30 at The Market theatre. Tickets range from R80 to R160 and are available at Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers

Cito’s El Cantante

6 It was a surprise hit last year and now it’s back for one night only. Cito, the man who rose to fame with his band Wonderboom, presents his programme of Spanish favourites, El Cantante, accompanied by guitar legend and 12-time SA Music Awards nominee Martin Rocka at Tsogo Sun’s 3SIXTY° Liquid Lounge at Montecasino.

The rhythms and styles of bolero, tango, mambo, tejano, mariachi and traditional folklorica will see Cito paying homage to his Puerto Rican roots, performing acoustic versions of the Spanish classics that he grew up listening to. The word sultry comes to mind for this experience.

»?For bookings, 0 011?510?7340/1 or email

Unathi – Music is Love

7 Metro FM sweetheart and Idols judge Unathi Msengana will be flexing her vocal cords at The Lyric Theatre when she delivers her romantic Afro-pop tunes to fans. Her one-night-only Music is Love show will include her hit songs, We Thembisile, A Mother’s Love, Kwa Nolali and Sana Lwam.

This is set to be a woman-power concert because joining Msengana will be guest artists Thiwe, and Metro FM Music Awards nominees Noluthando Meje and Nandi Mngoma, backed by a spectacular nine-piece band.

»?Unathi – Music is Love takes place on Friday, May 3, at The Lyric theatre, Gold Reef City. Tickets range from R130 and are available through Computicket or at The Lyric theatre Box Office 011?248?5000

Bay Harbour Market, Mojave Crossing

8 Tonight, the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay rounds off its Freedom Day Weekend entertainment with a performance from collaborative duo Mojave Crossing. Consisting of classically trained flautist and saxophonist Heather Roth and guitarist James Kibby, the two will be seducing patrons of this night market as they shop, unwind and enjoy feasting on treats such as koeksisters, crayfish, umngqusho and oysters.

»?The market has free entry, but for more information, 0 082?570?5997 or email

94.7 Unplugged

9 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Real Concerts presents 947Unplugged with Elvis Blue at The Venue, Melrose Arch, on Sunday, May 5. Since winning Idols SA about two years ago, this musician has gone on to become a respected, award-winning artist.

The audience will get to experience the raw talent we first saw on the Idols SA audition rounds. The setting will be intimate and he will be supported by The Stuart Reece Band. Blue has been confirmed as the opening act for Bon Jovi when they visit here in May for their Because We Can tour. It’s a testament to Blue’s talent.

»?Doors open at 6.00pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available through Computicket

Remember Your Roots benefit concert

10 Mafikizolo, Zakes Bantwini, Ralf Gum, Donald, The Soil and more than 30 other musicians and DJs will be keeping revellers on their feet over this coming weekend for the Remember Your Roots benefit concert.

The fun kicks off at Panyaza in Soweto on Friday, before moving to Westonaria’s Havana Lounge on Saturday and Sunday. The Soweto preparty will be a DJ feast that includes Glen Lewis, Chynaman, Fistaz Mixwell and Lulo Cafe, among others.

Saturday is the main music festival, while Sunday will be a relaxed jazz session.

»?Tickets are R100 and are available from or 087?980?3000

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