Comedy fest set to be a ‘tasty dinner’

Mitchells Plain comedians Justin Ray, Mel Jones and Kenwyn Davids are ready for the Mitchells Plain Comedy Festival in December.

They’re funny, entertaining and are ready to knock you off your chair with laughter, at the Mitchell’s Plain Comedy Festival next month.

The talented Cape Town comedians are inviting young and old to the festival on Thursday December 15 at Spine Road High School hall in Rocklands.

It will feature Mel Jones, Kenwyn Davids, Kurt Schoonraad, Justin Ray and Lunga Tshuka who are from Mitchell’s Plain and Marc Lottering from Retreat.

Mel describes the festival as “delicious and necessary” and added that the comedians aim to impress.

“We have been performing across the country at shows and festivals and felt the need to do a festival in our home town. I feel that there is so much negativity being reported in the media and on social media about Mitchell’s Plain.

“So we are telling people, forget about the negativity, and have a good laugh at our show. We would like to give you a different perspective of Mitchell’s Plain, highlight our unique cultures and how we do things in our community,” she said.

Mel is an award-nominated comedian and radio producer and an energetic MC. Her career started at the Spier Amphitheatre only six short weeks after doing her very first open mic slot in 2003.

Since then, she has been on SABC3’s Comedy Showcase, the Phat Joe show, the King Size Comedy Tour, the Blacks Only Comedy Show and Mind The Gap.

Kenwyn said each comedian has a different style and personality, and will deliver a range of performances.

“That is what’s going to make our show absolutely amazing. We have talented comedians who have been in the business for a long time and know what’s topical and entertaining.

“Some of them will deliver content about their experiences, childhood, life in the ’Plain and even relationships. As Mel said, it will be a tasty dinner,” he said.

Kenwyn said comedy has been growing in Mitchell’s Plain over the past few years. He has been running monthly comedy evenings at
Premium Sports Bar, the only comedy club in Mitchell’s Plain. He has performed at the Masambe Festival at the Baxter, at Artscape for the Suidoostefees, Synergy Live, Rocking the Daisies and at the Soweto Theatre for SA Comics Choice showcase over the years.

Justin, who performed at the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival this year and placed top 5 in the 2015 Comedy Central Grab A Mic Competition, said he enjoys entertaining people with his crazy jokes.

“Comedy is a craft and it is something that I enjoy thoroughly. It is hard work and we put a lot of thought into our material. For example, we come up with an idea, build on it and then when it is solid enough we put it to the stage,” he said.

When questioned about being nervous on stage he said: “Yes we are always nervous, if you’re not nervous there is something wrong, it’s just that we hide it well. But, it is not about us, so we get over it and give our everything to entertain you.”

Mel concluded: “Come and dose yourself with laughter, presented by the people for the people.”

Tickets cost R150. For more information, contact Kenwyn at 072 399 3338 or