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Where to find Comedy in Cape Town (UPDATED: May 2019)

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You want to know where to find comedy in Cape Town.

I know, I get that. But the most recent Google search shows either the Cape Town Comedy Club or an old blog post that hasn’t been updated in a while. And trying to get around the city is hard enough without trying to find comedy in Cape Town in the first place.

Never fear, an actual comedian that plays in these shows is here. Below is the list of frequent comedy shows, and what to expect from the drive and the venue. And I’ll keep updating them when and where I get a chance to play, plus some more insight into their style and enjoyment.

Doesn’t hurt to know proper comedy club etiquette.

The Cape Town Comedy Club - Various

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Since 2014, Kurt, Des and the crew have made a presence at the Waterfront for such a beautiful and wonderfully produced stand-up show. Endorsed and invested by one of the Mother City’s most endearing comedians Kurt Schoonraad, you’re invited to enjoy an eclectic evening of good comedy, great food and an fantastic atmosphere. Leave your crap at the door or Bruno the Doorman will throw it out with you in tow.

Website: www.capetowncomedy.com

Trenchtown Comedy - Wednesdays

Founded in the void of the now closed-down Armchair Sundays, comedian Altaaf Sayed is ready to bring fun and laughter to the Observatory crowd at the well-established Trenchtown venue. Expect open-air and great times, starting this Wednesday.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/844128972590952/

Premium Comedy - Various

Established a few years back by Kenwyn Davids to fill the Mitchell’s Plain market, the Premium Sports Bar has now become the hub of Cape Flats comedy. So many wonderful acts have walked that stage and become legends, and the crowds have cheered like no tomorrow. You want a fun night? Go there.

Website: www.kenwyndavids.co.za

Tiger's Milk - Last Saturday of the Month

Honing her craft as a gig organiser at Nomad, comedian Chantal Jax Venter now hosts a monthly show at the Tiger's Milk in Long Street.

Website: www.facebook.com/TMLongStreet

Mash Tun - Thursdays

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One of my favourite spots in mid-town Woodstock run by one of my oldest CT comedy pals, Kurt Langeveld (see above, it's not the venue, it's him), it just sprang up, out of nowhere and became an instant hit. Full house upon full house and the venue is behind it 100%. If you want wonderful comedy in Cape Town with a fantastic burger and chips, look no further.

Website: www.facebook.com/themashtunza

Frizz Pop Comedy - Last of the month

Occurring at the end of the month but depends on the day, comedian Lindy Johnson and co host an all-female line-up for an industry usually dominated by the guys. Playing at the Raptor Room in Gardens.

Website: www.facebook.com/Lindy-Johnson-206262086821027/

Hanover Street Comedy - Various

It comes and goes when someone asks or when promoter Dalin Oliver points it out on his social media, but what a joy to be had in such a beautiful room in Grand West. Hanover Street Night Club boasts multiple levels, so you'll be sure to enjoy the fruit of laughter from both above and below. One of the nicest rooms to ever play in.

Website: www.facebook.com/hanoverstreetnightclub

Craft Comedy Club - Every Thursday

Nestled in the CBD close to Bokaap, the Craft Burger Bar near Heritage Square boasts the campiest backdrop in the Mother City but the sweetest venue for standup.

Website: www.facebook.com/Craft-Burger-Bar-1877481579131047/

Comedy Cartel - Various

Moved to a new home, the NOB in Niagra Road, Bellville already has a sold-out show at the end of the month, so book a seat for the next one and enjoy a great line-up.

Website: www.comedycartel.co.za/

Nomad Bistro - Monday to Friday

Nomad Bistro in Waterkant Street now boasts five shows a week in the heart of the CBD. Madness, I tell you, but with great sponsors giving their support and providing entertainment from established and new acts alike, it's hard not to miss it.

Website: www.facebook.com/nomadbistrocapetown/

Funky Lemon - First Friday of the Month

Taking our gig guide the furthest it has ever been to Saldanha Bay! The Funky Lemon in the Western Cape's oldest Portuguese colony brings the finest Cape Town comedy to their doorstep.

Website: www.facebook.com/funkylemonsaldanhabay

The Secret Place - Thursdays

It's been a long time since I played here, but the tight-knit community comes together to celebrate funnyness in all forms. Presented by lame comic Gerard Siebritz, who doesn't mind just because he's in a wheelchair making people laugh and it doesn't stop him.

Location: The Secret Place, 340 Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne

Chuckles in the Tubes - Last Thursday of the Month

Challenging but exciting, it happens to have all the wonderful reminders of my time in London without the grumpy armpits. Chuckles at the Choo-Choobs is comedy in Cape Town hosted by versatile comic Chantal Jax Venter.

Website: www.facebook.com/stationlaughs/

The Doers Club

Like a Freemasonry of comedy, a secret society of Illumanti (or Illumafunny, har har), a select group of comedians present a great show in spectacular venues across Cape Town, with the latest happening at the Ace & Spades Bar.

Website: www.facebook.com/events/2289366557823481/

Kasi Comedy Night - Various

Not quite sure when these shows are happening on which dates or frequency, but people have been raving about it, and would love to try out comedy in Gugulethu one day myself.

Website: www.facebook.com/GQ-Butchery-NY-110-Gugs-1893444284219098

Fork and Comedy - Last Tuesday of every month

Formerly held at the Fireman's Arms and now moved to old comedy stable the Slug and Lettuce at the River Club in Observatory. Exceptional and vibrant.

Website: www.facebook.com/forkandcomedy/

Rascals - 2nd Thursday of each Month

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Epic, wonderfully hosted and gorgeously filled with people of all different shapes enjoying beautiful comedy in Cape Town. And I can vouch for the pizza.

Website: www.facebook.com/rascals.capetown

Roxy Late Night - Sundays

Roxy Late Night in Gardens, a wonderful a lovely spot, and FREE! Sponsored by Savanna with some special deals between 4-6pm.

Website: www.facebook.com/roxylatenight/

Funny Galore - Last Monday of the month

If the Northern Suburbs are beyond the Boerewors curtain, then Table View is certainly beyond the Fish curtain of the Mother City. A new show starting at Doodles Bar.

Website: www.facebook.com/Funny-Galore-Comedy-Club-343729579820033

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