Comedy Central Africa Celebrates 10 years
Comedy Central Africa Celebrates 10 Years with South Africa’s biggest comedians
Comedy Central Africa Opens to DStv Family as it celebrates 10th year anniversary
Comedy Central Africa, the only channel dedicated to comedy on the continent is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. Since its inception in December 2011, the channel has been the home of funny bringing viewers only the best in local and international comedy. As part of its 10th-year celebrations, some of the most talented local comedians are sharing their most memorable Comedy Central moments, the channel’s impact on their careers and impact on the industry as a whole. Viewers are in for a treat this festive season as Comedy Central Africa (DStv Channel 122) opens to DSTV Family from December till the end of January for a limited period and comedy fans can expect to catch exclusive content featuring sitcoms, stand up specials and movies during the anniversary celebrations.
Some of the most well-known comedians in the country took to social media in video-recorded messages to celebrate Comedy Central Africa’s 10th birthday. This included the likes of Schalk Bezuidenhout, Joey Rasdien, Donovan Goliath, Jason Goliath, Nicholas Goliath, Lindy Johson and Kedibone Malaudzi to name a few.
If the past ten years are anything to go by, Comedy Central Africa viewers can expect only the best that local comedy has to offer as the channel promises to make life even funnier in 2022. After a long COVID, South Africa is definitely ready for another Roast and there are plans in the pipeline to bring back the classic Roast. Viewers can also expect a brand new digital short-form series that is set to have audiences laughing out loud on their digital pages. As the home of sitcoms, Comedy Central is teasing their first-ever local sitcom with more details set to be revealed in the coming year.
Dillon Khan, Vice President of Comedy Central Africa commented “For the past 10 years, we have seen local comedy grow from strength to strength and as a channel we have invested in local content and local talent, giving comedians a platform showcase their talents. We are committed to continue taking local comedy to even greater heights and promise to give our viewers only the best in what our industry has to offer.”
Over the past decade, South Africa’s comedy industry has experienced tremendous growth. Comedy Central Africa has had a front-row seat as one of the few platforms that has been able to give comedians a platform to showcase their artistry to a Pan-African audience, playing host to many iconic moments. This includes tentpoles like the “Roast of” franchise which has become one of the most highly anticipated events on the local entertainment calendar. We have also seen local comedians take Africa to the world, and Trevor Noah made history becoming a global household name when he took over the reins of late-night talk show “The Daily Show” in 2015. As the pandemic made it increasingly more difficult for comedians to play at comedy bars and theatres, Comedy Central continued to support local comedy introducing the award-winning Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar, an innovative series meant to support SA’s comedy industry during the lockdown.
Comedy Central Africa has also made a tremendous impact across the rest of Africa, giving comedians, both established and upcoming talents a platform to showcase their funny talent to the world. Comedians such as Basketmouth, Bovi, Buchi, and Seyi Law have been part of the channel’s projects such as ‘Live At Parker’s’ and the Pan-African showcase hosted at the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival, as well as ‘Grab the Mic’ done in partnership with Maltina.
Be sure to catch Comedy Central Africa 10th year anniversary celebrations across their channel’s social media platforms and on DSTV Channel 122.