Laugh Africa Comedy Festival in Johannesburg: Mzansi’s Best Comedians in One Space


The Laugh Africa Comedy Festival, presented by Savanna and Showmax takes place between 5 and 7 April at the Sandton Convention Centre. This groundbreaking event is set to transcend borders, languages, and cultures under the banner of laughter, with some of the best comedians from South Africa and around the globe.

Laugh Africa Comedy Festival

Eddie Griffin – Headlining Hilarity

Eddie Griffin is a multifaceted American comedian and actor, known for his electrifying stage presence and unique style. With an illustrious career spanning stand-up specials and over 50 film appearances, Griffin’s participation is a testament to the festival’s dedication to quality.

A Blend of Familiar Faces and Fresh Talent

The Laugh Africa Comedy Festival goes much further than the big names. Over 50 comedians will perform in three languages (English, vernacular, and Afrikaans). Guests will be treated to local favourites including Tumi Morake, Alfred Adriaan, Mashabela, Chris Mapane, Mel Jones, Rob van Vuuren, Siv Ngesi, and more. For the first time in South Africa, social media comedy sensations will join the traditional stand-up acts, adding a modern twist.

Minnie Dlamini Laugh Africa Comedy Festival

A Roast to Remember

In addition to the chuckle-inducing acts, the festival will host a comedy roast of Minnie Dlamini. She’ll be at the receiving end of some wicked but ultimately good-natured banter! At the Roast Master helm are comedy heavyweights Tumi Morake and Jason Goliath – both will ensure that the jests and jabs hit nowhere else but below the belt. The selected panellists are Trevor Gumbi, Shahan Ramkissoon, Celeste Ntuli, Lasizwe, Penny Lebyane, Da L.E.S, Siv Ngesi and Robert Marawa.

Savannah Laughter Africa Comedy Fest

A Celebration of Resilience Through Humour

The festival has a bigger purpose than entertainment: to provide joy and relief in unpredictable times. As such, the tagline for Laugh Africa is ‘And Still We Laugh’. Comedy is Africa’s secret weapon – a tool for celebration, resilience, and unity.

Stuart Taylor, comedy veteran and the festival’s Creative Director, adds, ‘We’re redefining comedy festivals in South Africa. This isn’t just a show; it’s a three-day journey through laughter, from local talents to international acts. There’s something for everyone!’

Showmax, as the official streaming partner, is set to capture the festival’s magic with a 13-part comedy stand-up series and a 90-minute roast, on its powerful new tech platform.

How to book tickets and get a special 10% discount for What’s on in Joburg readers!

Ticket prices range from R340pp for general access to R7500pp for a VIP experience. Advance booking online via Ticketpro is absolutely essential, and What’s on in Joburg readers receive a special 10% discount when booking. Use code WHATS ON at check out.

Disabled seating can be booked via, and parking and access is available.

Cost: From R340pp for General Access to R7500pp  for a VIP experience. Tickets can be booked via Ticketpro. What’s on in Joburg readers received a 10 % discount on all ticket prices. Use code WHATS ON at checkout

When: Running from Friday, 5 April to Sunday, 7 April
Where: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude St, Sandown, Sandton

Instagram: @laugh_africacomedyfest
Facebook: @LaughAfricaComdeyFest

Discussion1 Comment

  1. I did chauffeur local and international comedians during the 4 years of Johannesburg International Comedy Festival around Johannesburg.

    My experience of international standard because it’s not the comedians but local and international musicians, actors, footballers and high profile personalities.

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