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Saturday, March 25, 2017


(Troy Tesla)
Jokes and Jazz is a new comedy series designed to celebrate the merging of two art forms that are traditionally not known for conflating, comedy and jazz.
The Centre for Jazz, being KZN's home of regularly sold out jazz concerts with acclaimed local and international artists, decided to expand its audience by introducing a concept that’s guaranteed to deliver. Stand-up Comedy LIVE shall be hosted by on-demand international comedian Troy Tesla with a stellar line-up of comedians that include the well-loved comedian Masood Boomgaard who has just done his one-man show, Joker, at Sibaya Casino’s iZulu Theatre as well as Tyson Heffer and Kwanda Radebe
The first Jokes and Jazz hosted by Troy Tesla will take place at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on March 28 at 18h00.
Tesla is a MC, stand-up comedian and “sit-down law academic”. He is known for veering all types of audiences into an absurd comfort of laughter with his mature and provocative satirical take on domestic and global issues. He has been described as "the next Trevor Noah" because he is half Zimbabwean and half South African.
Tesla has awed audiences with some of the biggest names in South Africa including John Vlismas, Marc Lottering, Loyiso Gola and is a five time opening act for Carvin H Goldstone's Best of Tour in 2016. He has appeared on popular platforms around the country including: Parkers Comedy & Jive, and the Durban Summer Comedy Festival which is due to be aired on Comedy Central.
In 2017, he collaborated and hosted several comedy series in association with international hotel chain Tsogo Sun. He has also MC'd and entertained private audiences as large as 2000 and is currently developing a TV show.
Tesla’s guest will be Mo Vawda, a rocketing newcomer on the comedy scene. He is a UKZN PhD candidate, soon to be a doctor “because laughter is the best medicine”. Vawda brings a unique take on life and a passion for comedy which has propelled him to become one of the most sought-after of the next generation of comedians. He is a proud South African and a proud Muslim, a perspective he delivers with high energy “despite what Donald Trump says”.
Vawda was the subject of an episode of Mela on SABC 3. His stand up takes have been featured on Vuzu Amp and Mzansi Magic on DSTV. He has performed with comedic greats like Carvin H Goldstone, Joey Rasdein, John Vlismas, Darren Maule, Robbie Collins, Marc Lottering, Marc Banks, Loyiso Gola, MoMagic, Dusty Rich, Goliath and Goliath, Jem Atkins, Neville Pillay, Neil Green, Robbie Collins, the Dingalings, Masood Boomgard, Glen Beirderman-Pam and many, many other great artists.
This will be a clean content show, suitable for all ages.
Jokes and Jazz takes place at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on March 28 at 18h00. Doors open at 17h30. Tickets R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students). Bookings on 031 260 3385.