With no one to blame but himself, chirpy foreigner Nelson de Gouveia hit the comedy circuit late in 2008. Dry, expressive, opinionated and at times the most awkward comedian you’ll meet, he’s become quietly known as a solid opener and adaptive performer that sets a good mood for the entire night he plays in.
Born in Venezuela to a native Portuguese family, grew up in South Africa and living in London for 12 years, he lives back in his hometown of Cape Town and performs frequently for venues all over.
He currently works full-time, writes scripts and films sketches. You’ll find his work on this website.
Nelson has previously brought the giggles to venues such as the Comedy Store, the Comedy Cafe, Up the Creek Bathhouse Comedy, Downstair’s at the King’s Head, 5 Minutes of Fame, Open Mic @ the Miller, Foolhardy Comedy, Jester Jesters, Comedy at the College, Tuesday Night at Torriano’s, the William IV, Rub Your Face In It, Laughing Jaabs, Rubber Chicken, Party Piece, Comedy Bin, Victoria’s Secret, East Meets Jest, Pear-Shaped Comedy, the Lion’s Den, Desperately Seeking Stagetime, Electric Mouse and various others.
He also had the pleasure to attend both the Edinburgh Comedy Festivals 2010 and 2011, playing at venues like the Just the Tonic Caves, Espionage, the Hive, the Meadow Bar, Cabaret Voltaire, the White Horse, the Globe, Whistlebinkies, the Jekyll & Hyde, the Kiwi Bar and the Voodoo Rooms. He also earned himself a great review for his part in comedy play “Free Cuddles with 007” and was part of the 5-star award-winning “The Warm Up Hour”.
“Whilst De Gouveia’s performance is a somewhat patchy mix of childish gags and at times sheer wit, his stage presence is largely commanding and fantastically funny, despite the occaisional line stumbles. This however was geniusly rectified by his ability to improvise and think on his feet.” – LoveFringe 2011 —
Amongst all his other accomplishments, he’s had the honour to:
- Host the Battle of the Bands charity fundraiser in October 2011, helping to raise nearly £3,000 in aid of the London Ambulance Service Benevolent Fund<
- Host Fairmont High School’s Mr and Miss FHS 2013
- Attended the first and second Newcomer’s Showcase in Johannesburg for ComicsChoice.
- Direct and perform in the inaugural #ThatsFunny Comedy Show held at the All-Star Theatre in Brackenfell, Cape Town.