He brings the jokes to us

2015-05-05 06:00
Ambrose Uren hosts the next Cape Flats Comedy Jam at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Friday. 

Warren Meyer

Ambrose Uren hosts the next Cape Flats Comedy Jam at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Friday. PHOTO: Warren Meyer

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“There’s just been a lack of comedy gigs on the Cape Flats, but that’s where most of the laughter comes from.”

That’s why Mitchell’s Plain comedian, dancer and actor Ambrose Uren decided to start the Cape Flats Comedy Jam.

“I wanted to not just be part of the comedy scene as a comic, but as an organiser as well,” Ambrose explains.

When he realised the platform of the ­Joseph Stone Auditorium was available, he decided to try and put an event together.

Ambrose points out that there hasn’t really been a focus on comedy at the Joseph Stone and the venue offered him a chance to put comedy in a new venue and give some comics the opportunity to perform in a theatre environment.

The Cape Flats Comedy Jam VOL 1 was held in May last year and since then, the Joseph Stone has played host to names likes Calvin Benson, Yaaseen Barnes, Carl Weber, Dalin Oliver and Crescendo Louw.

Young line-upVolume three of the Comedy Jam will take place on Friday with Angel Campey, Kagiso “KG” Mokgadi, Nkosinathi Maki, Gino Fernandez, Phil de Lange, Nelson de Gouveia, Ryan Carelse, Peter Sserwanga, Will Spogter and Christopher Houlie. Ambrose himself will host.

Ambrose is particularly excited about 18-year-old Christopher’s inclusion in the line-up, pointing out that he’s been involved in comedy for two years already.

“I wish I started so young, he’s amazing.”

Ambrose’s own start in the industry came after watching the late Rustum August who helped him organise his first gig at Ragazzi in Long Street.

“I’ve always wanted to do comedy,” Ambrose says. From there, Gino Fernandez started booking him regularly and before he knew it he was performing at the finals of the Good Hope FM Laugh Master Competition

“I’ve never had any problems making a joke about something. For me, life is fun,” he says. Ambrose likes seeing people happy and being a comic has put him in a position where he can provide the laughs.

With a bit of a crazy imagination, he says he can be a little silly at times, but Ambrose likes telling stories and challenging people’s thoughts through comedy.

Clowning aroundWhen he isn’t organising the Comedy Jams, he’s also involved with Class Clowns, a comedy group he started with Lunga Tshuka, who started out around the same time as him. The Class Clowns performs at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Thursdays. This week they’ll be joined by Justin Ray, Kenwyn Davids and Calvin Benson.

Ambrose plans to organise another two comedy jams in August and December this year, but the real mission behind the Cape Flats Comedy Jam is to establish a comedy following in the area.

Ambrose dreams of starting a Cape Flats comedy festival one day where locals will get to experience “a whole week of back to back comedy”.

Television nextHe’s also busy working towards a one-man show, but he doesn’t want to rush the pro­cess. “I would like to put out something that people find memorable.”

Then there’s also the television scripts he’s working on.

Ambrose suggests people connect with him on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date with what he’s busy with. V

Tickets for the Cape Flats Comedy Jam which starts at 20:00 on Friday cost R70 each at the door or R60 each for a block booking of 10 or more via ambrose.uren@gmail.com. Tickets for the Class Clowns show which also starts at 20:00 at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Thursday cost R30 each at the door. Visit the Cape Flats Comedy Jam or Class Clowns pages on Facebook for more information

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