Stand-up comedy is alive and well in Africa. The only full-time comedy club in the continent — Parker’s —recently held a comedy festival and contest. The Nando’s Jozi Comedy Festival in South Africa featured a handful of promising amateurs. The winner, Nqoba Ngcobo, will now perform at the UN Comedy Show Finale with such big-name American-based comics as Dean Edwards and Ahmed Ahmed at the end of the month.
These comics are just the latest part of an emerging stand-up scene in the continent, with South Africa becoming a popular place for established American comics to tour. Just last year, Chris Rock brought his Kill the Messenger tour to Johannesburg, taping part of his latest stand-up special in South Africa’s largest city.