Wildcard Wknd is an initiative that was conceived by UCT student Dean Kriel and has been supported by the UCT Drama department and Mumz The Word. The concept is structured to showcase 8 comedic acts produced and performed by UCT Drama students in hopes of developing their abilities and showcasing them to the public. Graca wine (of Distell), will be the headline sponsor for the event after having run the Graca Comedy Showdown in previous years as a pre-event addition to the annual Cape Town International Comedy Festival held at the Baxter Theatre.
The vision of the Wildcard Wknd is that through helping out budding comedians exposing them to a varied audience of South African youth, light will be shed upon the greater ‘social poke’ (critique of our current state of existence, both good and bad, through laughter) – using this as the foundation for a platform where South African youth may celebrate, challenge and engage with what it is that makes us South African, yet so distinctly different from one another.
Each evening will also feature an established guest comedian (excluding the opening night). On the 15th April you can expect to see the fantastic, whimsical comedic flare of one of South Africa’s best comediennes – Anne Hirsch (winner of the second season of David Kau’s “So You Think You’re Funny”). On the 16th April, Dylan Skews will be the guest comedian. Dylan just recently finished his successful run of his one man show “Skews Me” that was on at “On Broadway”. Peter Sserwanga will be the guest act on the 17th April and although he may be new to the comedy scene, he was one of the 2010 Graca Comedy showdown winners and got to perform at the 2010 Cape Town International Comedy Festival. Mum-z will be headling all the evenings from 14th – 17th April 2011.
The eight comedic acts that will be performing in the Wildcard Wknd will then also get the opportunity to perform at Funny Bones Comedy Nights at the Purple Turtle on the following Tuesday nights: 19th April, 26th April, 3rd May and 10th May 2011.
I think this is going to be a really good way to uncover fresh comedic talent. Lets make sure they get the support they need.
Launch evening: 14th April 2011
Performance nights: 15th April 2011, 16th April and 17th April
Venue: Hiddingh Campus (Orange Street), The Playroom
Time: 20h00 for 20h30