London: What if Comedy was a sport? Who will represent South Africa at the World Cup of Funny?
Enter left wing Bafunny Bafunny – SA’s star-studded Comedy Team featuring the 8 funniest stand-up comedians from the 2010 World Cup Host Country, including the likes of Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton and Trevor Noah.
Bafunny Bafunny will make history as the first South African Comedy Production to be staged at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall when they kick off their Comedy Tour with an “away game” in London on the 20th of May 2010 before returning to South Africa to complete the tour nationally in the lead-up to the 2010 World Cup.
Comedy specialists Hunta Live (Chris Rock’s No Apologies Tour to South Africa, Wayne Brady’s Making it Up SA Tour) are no stranger to hosting international comedy heavy-weights in arenas in SA or at their annual Comedy Festivals nationally, but this will be their first venture into the international comedy arena with their production of Bafunny Bafunny at the Royal Albert Hall.
Academy Award winning filmmaker David Valdes (The Green Mile, Unforgiven) will capture this historic moment in time by filming the show at the Royal Albert Hall for DVD release later in the year.
“With so many South Africans in London unable to travel to the World Cup, we wanted to bring a bit of the magic that has been generated here in South Africa to London and unify all supporters and fans by celebrating comedy that highlights the diversity of our beautiful country and embraces the patriotism that the 2010 soccer fever has generated. To do so in the most beautiful theatre in the world is a dream come true for us, and every member of the company”, says Sam Hendrikse, the producer of Bafunny Bafunny and CEO of Hunta Live.
The one-night-only show, featuring the Best in SA Stand-up will keep the sport parody alive throughout the “match” with comedians starring as “players”, a “coach”, a “referee” and big screens with live commentators keeping the fans entertained during “half time”.
Speaking through a translator coach Mark Banks aka Markos Santanos Bankos conceded that although the team is very diverse, they have much more in common than balls and comedy. “As a team we have a common goal. To bring joy and happiness to all South Africans and Comedy fans living in London and of course World Peace - eventually. What the world needs now is laugh, sweet laugh.”
We are calling on all South Africans and Comedy Fans in London to stand up and celebrate SA Stand Up and be part of history when tickets go on sale on the 1st of February 2010.
Tickets are priced from £20 to £50 and can be purchased from the Royal Albert Hall’s Box Office Tel: 020 7589 8212, or www.royalalberthall.com. There are discounts for parties of 10 fans or more.
Hear the roar of the crowd, feel the thrill of the game. Get your funny on! Strictly no Vuvuzelas.
Definition: Bafunny – A South African word for explaining something that is so uncontrollably, snortingly, rib-ticklingly, funny, that there are no words to describe it.
Not to be confused with Bafana Bafana, the South African national football team.
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Notes to editor:
1. Issued on behalf of Hunta Live, www.huntalive.com by North & South PR
2. For further information, performer interviews and photographs please contact Carmel Suthons, Tel: 020 8543 4881 or email@example.com
3. Meet the Bafunny Bafunny Team:
3.1 Coach, Mark Banks, also known as Markos Santanos Bankos
Dangerously funny, with an unbeaten streak of over 18 years in comedy, Mark Banks will play a central role in making things easy for the Bafunny Bafunny team. Used to playing in front of packed houses nationwide, the notoriously un-PC coach is one of the most recognised and respected stand-up comedians of his time. He represented South Africa at the 1996 'Just For Laughs Comedy Festival' in Montreal and regularly stages one-man hit shows.
Off the field, he is well known for his missionary work among the unlaughing and in his spare time he enjoys poking fun at locals living abroad
3.2 The Captain, Barry Hilton aka “The Cousin”
“The Cousin” has reached international status as a stand-up comedian and many agree he is one of the top comedians South Africa has ever produced. Performing his original brand of South African humour, his sell-out shows are proof of his popularity among the adoring home crowd. Used to playing all fields with huge success, Hilton is an icon and - as many other comedians may agree - a role model in the industry. As host and captain, he will show off his excellent skills at keeping the match tempo during this epic tour.
3.3 Trevor “Delicious” Noah
Physically gifted, strong and fast paced, this youngster is one of South Africa’s leading laugh scorers and most recognized faces in the country. His rise in the comedy field has been nothing short of meteoric. No stranger to sharing the limelight with the world’s best, his impact on the local scene earned him “Best Breakthrough Comedy Act of the Year” and a nomination for the “Best Comedian of the Year” SA Comedy Award - a fitting accolade and acknowledgement for a member of the Bafunny Team that has taken South Africa by storm.
3.4 Nik “Bokkie” Rabinowitz
SA’s top Jewish Xhosa-speaking comic is a master at converting giggles into laughter. Despite his diminutive stature (standing at only five foot eleven), his firepower in front on goal is legendary. Dribbling from digression to diversion in the mercurial multi-lingual way that has become his trademark, SA's stand up of the year for 2008 has established himself as a player to watch.
3.5 Loyiso “Laduuuma” Gola
A crowd favourite, Gola has had millions of viewers glued to his performances in ‘The Pure Monate Show’ and the feature film ‘Bunny Chow’ and was selected by Wall Street Journal as one of the leading lights in the next generation of South African comedians. A household name, Loyiso is adored by fans nationwide.
3.6 Marc ‘Long Shot’ Lottering
Marc ‘Long Shot’ Lottering, the player with the most recognisable hair on the circuit, started his winning streak years ago and is considered by many to be one of the hottest comics on offer from South Africa. His colourful upbringing is often reflected in his unique brand of comedy which has established him as a firm favourite with so many audiences. He has performed to ex-pats in London, Australia, New Zealand and Toronto and continues to keep fans entertained with his hugely successful DVD’s ‘From the Cape Flats with Love’, ‘Big Stakes and Slap Chips’ and ‘Hallelujah’. Successful television appearances include ‘Marc Lottering And Friends’ and ‘Will The Real Marc Lottering Please Stand Up’.
3.7 Kagiso ‘Kaka’ Ladiga
After his first stand-up performance at the Cape Town Comedy festival in Cape Town in 1998, Kagiso became an instant hit. He has represented South Africa at the ‘Just For Laughs Comedy Festival’ in Montreal, Canada and his one-man stand-up comedy shows have filled theatres across South Africa ever since.
The host and co-producer of the popular comedy brand ‘The Pure Monate Show’ and one of the stars in the Film ‘Bunny Chow’, Ladiga is a versatile player who is known for his counter attacks and scoring boot - he takes an opportunity when he sees it.
3.8 John ‘Die Voel’ Vlismas
Award-winning comedian, John Vlismas is one of South Africa’s most creative, prolific international comics. With a film project being released this year, a solo art exhibition and a new one-man show, ‘Pow!’ he is a force to be reckoned with. The only player to have received more yellow cards than birthday cards – he keeps the crowd on their toes with his comedy antics if he is not doing time in the Sin Bin.
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