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Thursday, April 27, 2017


(Jem Atkins)

On May 2, the UKZN Centre for Jazz brings a new show which will feature some of the best comedians in the country anchored by music performances produced by Neil Gonsalves. After a thrilling packed house left the audience begging for more, the Centre could not resist to announce that the Jokes 'n Jazz series is back!

Headliner Jem Atkins After more than five years in the comedy and corporate entertainment industry, He has garnered a reputation as a highly talented professional MC and corporate comedy entertainer, and indeed one of the top comedy performers in Durban. His performances are loaded with high energy, intelligent observations, dotted with hilarious antics and realistic impressions. His sharp-witted humour makes for highly memorable audience interactions as he artfully skirts the line between funny and edgy whilst covering all range of topics, including marriage, divorce, love and dating, fatherhood, working in I.T., holidaying in India, South African movies, Eskom and much more.

Support Act Vee Morton is a stage actor and Queen of the Durban Underground Comedy Circuit. While not strictly conforming to standards of 'appropriateness' she has earned respect amongst audiences and a place amongst Durban's finest comedians. Her tongue-in-cheek slant on romance, womanhood and aging will gracefully leave you with the comfort of knowing it's okay to laugh at ourselves. She Vanessa has worked with recognisable names like Carvin Goldstone, Darren Maule, Masood Boomgaard and Troy Tesla. She has appeared in shows at Westville Theatre Club, Sibaya Casino's iZulu Theatre and at the Soweto Theatre for the Savannah Newcomers Showcase which was aired on Vuzu AMP in 2016. In the same year she was filmed at the Kill or Die segment of the Durban Summer Comedy Festival for DSTV Channel 122: Comedy Central.

Host Troy Tesla is an international comedian and mastermind behind the Jokes n Jazz series. He hosts every episode with fresh material that instantly sparked a following. 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 & half South African. He has awed audiences with some of the biggest names in Africa including John Vlismas, Loyiso Gola, Carl Joshua Ncube and was 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.

Neil Gonsalves will perform with the UKZN School of Music students.

Jokes and Jazz II, takes place on May 2 at 18h00 at The Centre for Jazz & Popular Music (CJPM), Level 2 Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus, Durban. Doors open at 17h30 and the music starts at 18h00 Tickets R70 (R45 pensioners, R20 students) available at the door.