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It’s been an amazing summer         Wanna rub elbows with the            (the world’s leading Xhosa-
   and warm fragrant nights         elite of Jozi, then Taboo offers     speaking Jewish comedian),
   are the perfect opportunity      a glamorous and luxurious            Loyiso Gola (unyielding in his
 to dress up, or down, and get      escape from everyday life. From      pursuit to do funny proud), Marc
 in sync with the heartbeat of      business magnates and social         Lottering (the Don King look
 the urban phenomena that is        divas to media celebs, they all      alike of comedy), Barry Hilton
 “Night life”. Trends come and      let down their hair here. Kong       (everyone’s favourite ‘Cousin’),
 go and the night life scene is     is one of the most exclusive         etc. etc. And they are merely the
 no different. Whether you enjoy    nightclubs in the country. With      tip of a rather large iceberg of
 dining out, clubbing, pubbing or   the likes of Justin Bieber, Floyd    local talent on offer.
 flexing your thespian muscles,     Mayweather, Nas and D’Banj
 there’s a perfect destination out  hanging there, it’s not rocket       There are various venues
 there beckoning.                   science. Bring on the gold           across the country that cater to
                                    chains and bling baby. Long          lovers of comedy. In essence
 It’s weekend and the last thing    Street in Cape Town is one           all one really needs is a stage,
 you want to do is lie on the       of the ‘vibiest’ strips around,      a good sounds system and
 couch eating crisps, drinking      as locals will tell you. It’s the    ample seating to ensure that
 cola and watching re-runs of       location of Fiction on this          the humour is delivered with
 soapies. If, as a child, you were  strip that makes it so easily        a punch. A handful of clubs
 subjected to multiple reviewings   accessible to party goers.           are dedicated exclusively to
 of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and      Expect to get down to techno,        comedy, such as Hysterix,
 ‘ Staying Alive’ (how buff was     nu-rave, indie and almost any        and Whacked in Jozi and Jou
 John Travolta back then?!) and     other kind of alternative music      Ma Se Comedy Club in Cape
 you come from a long line of       around, and enjoy underground        Town. In fact if you’re a fan
 party people…you are probably      DJs showcasing their music.          of local comedy, there’s a
 genetically predisposed to         Backline nightclub in Margate        good chance you’ve seen the
 clubbing. Whether live music       has been rocking patrons for         work of the Whacked team
 or DJ driven tunes do it for you,  about 16 years now. Hosting          at the theatre or on Comedy
 there is no arguing the fact that  local and international DJs, this    Central Africa. They produce
 SA has ample night spots to        is a sure way of getting your        the Savanna Comics’ Choice
 keep you entertained. Let’s see    party quota for the year done        Awards events, several specials
 what’s happening around the        and dusted.                          for television and many themed
 Republic.                                                               stand-up shows, including
                                    Cocktail bars are a dime a           “Bitches”, “Mass Hysteria”
 The DJ has become the              dozen but there is a new band        and “Vernacular Spectacular.”
 quintessential Robin Hood of       of heroes emerging who are           A big thank you guys from
 the 21st century…taking from       taking the humble cocktail           comedy fans everywhere! Bars,
 the ‘amply inspired’ and giving    and turning it into liquid art in    restaurants and theatres are
 to the ‘inspiration hungry’        a glass. Such is the mixology        also the playground to our
 masses - a do-gooder with          at Outrage of Modesty, an            chuckle masters. So keep your
 serious sound equipment and        Alliance Brands venture, in          ears to the ground because
 a plethora of funky tunes in       Cape Town. Throw Scandi-             2016 promises to be a year full
 his quiver. With no shortage       Japanese décor into the mix and      of comedy as the royalty of
 of venues across SA, clubbing      va va voom…perfection. Quotes        local and international comedy
 lives on. Supplying die-hard       like ‘We’re bending the rules,”      (Jimmy Carr for instance) plan
 party goers with everything they   and “subverting reality” come        on hitting the stage at various
 could possibly need for a killer   with the territory. So go on,        venues near you.
 party is Tiger Tiger. Located      pop in for a spell. You won’t be
 in Cape Town, Jozi, Durban         disappointed. Down the hatch!        Theatre buffs, you are in for
 and Pretoria, clubbers can rest                                         another year of fantastic
 assured that the ultimate jam      Let’s have a gander at the artsy     entertainment. From
 is just around the corner. If      scene. Whether you enjoy             Shakespeare to My Fair
 Tronic Podcast 114 with Stephan    the theatre and performance          Lady, the productions are
 Bodzin is the reason why you       arts or a gut busting evening        rolling in hot and heavy.
 get up in the mornings, then       out soaking up all that live         For the thespians out there
 Truth Nightclub in Midrand         stand-up comedy has to offer,        frothing at the mouth with
 is probably your home away         you are sure to be enthralled        anticipation, relax. Simply
 from home. Club Galaxy in the      by the diversity of the local        don that fabulously theatrical
 Mother city is no newbie to the    talent. Let’s face it, in a country  getup you’ve put together so
 party scene and she’s showing      as diverse as South Africa, a        skilfully, grab your monocle
 no signs of slowing down           richer source of side splitting      and keep reading. Among
 either. With 36 years of serious   humour you will not find! The        Jozi’s most popular theaters
 partying experience behind         who’s who of stand-up includes       are The Liberty, The Nelson
 her, this club knows how to get    names like Trevor Noah (even         Mandela, The Montecasino,
 down and boogie and please its     though he resides in the States      The Market and of course The
 patrons.                           now, we still claim him as our       Joburg Theatre. Cape Town is
                                    funny man), Nik Rabinowitz           home to venues such as The

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