I love comedy. I particularly love comedy on a Sunday evening to kick those Sunday-blues right into next week. I love comedy even more when the show is cleverly structured by a brilliant MC who carefully weaves material between the acts to create a cohesive experience.
That is what I experienced two Sunday’s ago at the launch of Grand West’s ‘Hanover Street Comedy Sundowners’ for 2017 . A night club during the week, Hanover Street transforms into a perfect setting for comedians to take to the stage, framed by an ornate stage draped with red velvet curtains.
On stage that night was musical comedian Phil de Lange, Cape Town comedy veteran Gino Fernandez and comic ventriloquist Conrad Koch, MC’ed by Carl Weber, all of whom were brilliant. But the standout performance for me, was Carl Weber. He completely and utterly blew me away. Usually, the MC doesn’t stand out too much; he warms up the crowd with some light jokes and introduces the various acts for the evening. Carl Weber was all that, and a bag of chips, with special sauce on. He had the crowd in the palm of his hands by the end of the night, cleverly weaving and bringing together jokes that had been set up by himself and the other acts throughout the evening.
You will also notice that tickets cost R60 for a two-hour comedy set with some of the best comedians in the country. I can’t even get a movie ticket for R60 anymore! Another added bonus is that Grand West has safe, affordable parking.
The Big 5 Comedy Show
The next big comedy event to hit Grand West is The Big 5 Comedy Show for one night only on Saturday, 4 March 2017 in the Grand Arena, featuring some of the greatest and most renowned comedians in South Africa. Stuart Taylor, Joey Rasdien, Barry Hilton, Kagiso Lediga and Loyiso Gola will take to the stage with award-winning DJ, Ready D. Cape Town, it will head to Montecasino from the 14-16 March 2017.
Tickets for The Big 5 Comedy Show are available from Computicket. Tickets range from R170 – R300.
Find it on Google Maps.
Note: For the above post, I was invited as a guest of the establishment. All views, content and images are my own except for the official event posters.