Cape Town is known for its excellent natural beauty, food, beaches and of course a great weekend life. It is recommended to ensure that your stay in the city extends past the week and into the weekend.
In this city, most festivals, markets, and concerts take place on the weekend, and the city’s bars and cafes are over-packed every weekend.
Places to Enjoy Comedy in Cape Town
Cape Town also has a humorous window into the culture of a place. You can visit a comedy show, club, or festival anywhere in Cape Town and irrespective of your taste in comedy, you will find plenty to laugh at.
Here are the 7 best places to see comedy in Cape Town.
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1. Nomad Bistro & Bar, City Bowl
Nomad Bistro & Bar is a place that is known to offer a wide range of cocktails and tapas coupled with regular comedy shows for a classy evening out.
Situated in the heart of the city, and there’s something or the other keeps happening every night, from jazz to stand-up comedy.
2. The Cape Town Comedy Club, V&A Waterfront
Located at the Pumphouse Cape Town Comedy Club V&A Waterfront, is one of the top-class entertainment with its line-up of great comedians, both regional and global. This club has plenty of special offers, including half-price Sundays, Mid-week Madness and Happy Hour.
They have their signature beer on tap which is a perfect accompaniment to the comedy, and the menu has great grills and pizzas to enjoy.
Here you can watch some popular comedians’ names on the food items when you place your order for a Murphy or an Izzard.
3. Cape Town Magic Club, V&A Waterfront
For a touch of magic with your laughter visit Africa’s premier magic theatre, Cape Town Magic Club, where you can catch top SA and International magicians at their Monday Night Magic shows.
Their magicians often pop up at other venues so check out their events calendar for their line-up.
4. Improguise, Various Venues
If you are looking for completely spontaneous comedy, check out Improguise, which is Cape Town’s oldest and best-loved improv team. This troupe can be at theatres, clubs and performance spaces all over Cape Town.
Their TheatreSports shows will never make you bored because every show is made up on the spot as the actors present their nutty side-splitting scenarios based on purely the audience’s suggestions.
5. The Comedy House, Steenberg
In Steenberg, the Sirvaun’s Theatre hosts Comedy House with regular shows of well-known comedians bringing laughter to this intimate neighbourhood theatre.
This comedy house has a seating capacity of 33 people, making it an intimate and thoroughly local night out. You can enjoy the performances here on the last Friday of every month.
Although the Grandwest does not host regular comedy, here they occasionally host shows for big international names.
These big names include Michael McIntyre, Eddie Izzard, and many others, including Jimmy Carr in September. Of course, these shows are extremely popular with both Capetonians and visitors, and they sell out fast.
7. The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival
This is Cape Town’s best-loved laugh-fest which was started in 1997 as the country’s first comedy festival. Now, it is the hub for the best comedic acts in the world.
In the initial days, an unknown Jimmy Carr and Ross Noble performed on this festival stages, and almost all of South Africa’s comedy icons have appeared at the festival at some point like Stuart Taylor, Nik Rabinowitz, Kurt Schoonraad, Marc Lottering, South Africa’s most famous export Trevor Noah, Riaad Moosa, to name a few. The festival takes place every year in winter at the Baxter Theatre.