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Saturday, November 12, 2016


On Fire Comedy, Durban’s premier comedy entertainment specialists, have partnered with Whacked – one of SA’s leading entertainment companies (co-owned by ex-Durbanite and comedian, John Vlismas)!

Yesterday saw the team host their big launch at New York Restaurant (Morningside), where they unveiled On Fire Entertainment – their bespoke new corporate offering, which includes Talent Management, Corporate Entertainment, Conference Speakers International (CSI), and Premium Event Production.

This ‘proudly-Durban’ company had humble beginnings five years ago, when it was founded by local comedian/businessman Jem Atkins with the sole purpose of providing much-needed stage time for local comics and growing the almost non-existent comedy scene in the hot city.

He soon partnered with another passionate local, Jess Knauf, whose marketing and events management background took their regular monthly comedy shows to a whole new level, securing On Fire as Durban’s premier comedy events specialists.

Fast-forward five years, and the On Fire team has grown to include Dale Killian (arguably one of Durban’s best graphic designers), Zaid Noor from Super Sound, and now John Vlismas and his partner, Taffia, and the rest of the Whacked team.

There are now more monthly stand-up comedy shows in Durban than ever before, with more and more talented local acts taking to the stage to perfect their art form and to perform with some of the biggest names in South African comedy from Johannesburg and Cape Town, who now have a Durban circuit to play.

And corporates now have a proudly Durban company to turn to for all of their entertainment and event production needs!

Savannah are now the official sponsors of the Durban Summer Comedy Festival, 2016 which runs from December 14 to 17 as well as Durban Comedy Week, 2017 which features multiple shows throughout Durban in the last week of every month.

The next Durban Comedy Week takes place from November 27 to December 3.  See Events List for details.