By: Ayabonga Ngoma
This past Wednesday Comedy Central launched their charity comedy benefit, Comedy Central Cares, together with The Ntshulisa Foundation (TNF). The event was held at Parkers Comedy & Jive in Montecasino, Africa’s only comedy club. I attended as a comedy fan as well as a Director of TNF to support this initiative.
The line-up for the benefit was amazeballs; packed with comedy heavy-weight Barry Hilton (I’m not saying he’s heavy), the funny giant Loyiso Gola, hilarious lunatic John Vlismas and my personal favourite, first lady of comedy Tumi Morake. These guys were real troopers and did the event all for free. With a line-up like this, it’s no wonder the show quickly sold out on Computicket.
Mr. Gareth Cliff hosted the event and did a great job at it. I was mostly impressed at how well he pronounced the Xhosa word, Ntshulisa. I will say however that he’s not the funniest of people, a couple of bad jokes until owner of the club Joe Parker made a joke about how he should stick to radio. The comedians came up and did their sets to the crowds delight. Everyone was in stitches and had a great time.
In between Gareth handed out prizes from the raffles that were being sold to raise funds for TNF’s My Future First program, which was the main reason for the benefit. My Future First is an initiative by TNF with Oglivy & Mather to give deserving under-privileged high school graduates access to education at Ogilvy through a specialised syllabus. All proceeds from ticket sales and raffles go towards putting these kids through this school. That night the set target of R150 000 was reached and passed which made it a great success.
To find out more about the work done by TNF visit www.tnf.org.za and like them on Facebook. The event was being filmed and will premiere on Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) on Monday 9 December at 8:05PM.

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