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Posted on: Monday, 7 June 2010

Laughercise … at the Vodacom Funny Festival

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Laughercise

Winter is starting to settle in nicely in the Western Cape and while we struggle to wake up early to get to the gym or go for a run after work our bellies may be taking strain with the change in winter menus. Stews and soups and warm hearty meals, I always find myself eating more in winter and doing less exercise.

And while school holidays are on and my dancing classes have taken to the school holidays and have opted for the long break as well I need to find alternate options to get a bit of a work out. Gym is not an option for me and neither is something that takes place outside – I prefer my exercise to be done indoors, where the chilly wind can be shut out and rain kept at bay …

Many might think that this will be a difficult task or that I am just being a bit lazy, I however think my quest for alternate exercise options will be a roaring success. And I may have struck on something here, laughter. Yes I think this will be an excellent way to make sure I get the tummy muscles working and increase heart rate. After all the old saying does state laughter is the best medicine and while I have so far managed to avoid colds and flu that are synonymous this winter I would like to keep it as such.

Thank goodness the Baxter, in Rondebosch has come to my rescue, because while I am able to tell a few jokes I fear my repertoire will not be sufficient for a good work out. This theatre complex will be home to not one but two comedy shows this June and July. I can already feel my stomach muscles working  in anticipation of the laughter.

Already on the go is the Vodacom Funny Festival which is an annual event with both local and international comedians giving us the best stand up comedy.  From 7-21 June the MC is Alan Committie and, as he was my high school drama teacher, I know just how entertaining he can be, a laugh a minute really, so this should prove to be a good warm up. Riaad Moosa is a talented comedian as well as a fully qualified medical doctor and he will be performing for the full festival with the exception of 29 June and 8 July. Other South African comedians, Ndumiso Lindi and Al Prodgers, will be performing throughout the festival.

The international line up looks great, with Craig Hill from Scotland taking over from Committie as MC from 22 June to 11 July. Paul Zerdin (on stage 7-23 June) and The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue (7-28 June) from the UK and Paul Morocco (24 June to 7 July) and Mario Queen of the Circus (29 June to 11 July) from the USA completing the line up there are plenty of opportunities to go to the show and laugh some more. The variety of the line up also ensures that this isn’t a festival that you can only attend one performance of which means more laughing.

No under 18’s will be allowed in and the shows start daily at 20h00 with two shows on a Saturday (first one commencing at 17h00). Tickets cost R130 a person, discounts are available for block bookings and tickets are available from Computicket or directly from the Baxter ticket office.

For some comedy with an all African perspective you must book your tickets for From Africa with Laugh. Keeping in theme with what is happening in South Africa for the duration of these performances these comedians and satirists from Africa will give the audience their take on football, life and love.

The show opens on Thursday 10 June and features talented comedians Chibwe Katebe from Zambia, Edgar Langeveldt from Zimbabwe, Philip Luswata from Uganda who will be hosted by South African talent Lungi Pinda. The show runs until 3 July and starts at 20h15 on most evenings, tickets are also available from Computicket or the Baxter ticket office and cost R70 for Monday nights, R75 for Tuesday to Thursday and R90 on Friday and Saturday nights.

I feel so reassured knowing that there are plenty of comedy evenings to attend in substitution of my dance classes to ensure I keep the winter bulging at bay and can work on that desirable washboard stomach to be ready in time for summer. Come and laugh with me Cape Town, who knows I could just be starting a new exercise trend … Laughercise …

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Tania Stephenson

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Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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