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Thursday, September 6, 2018


There is a particularly strong line-up of comedy this year at KZN’s premier arts festival, Hilton Arts Festival, from September 14 to 16, 2018.

Some of the country’s most respected comedians will be on festival stages in an array of scripted, sketch-based, improv and stand-up shows over the weekend.

South African comedy icon, John Vlismas, hosts Crazy Funny, a laugh-a-minute ensemble stand-up comedy show. He shares the stage with Rob van Vuuren (Cape Town), comedian, writer and actor making his debut at Hilton Arts Fest. They are joined by top local comic Kelvin Stoffels for a well-rounded 80 minutes of comedy entertainment. (September 15 at 14h45).

James Cairns Against Humanity is Improvisation Theatre “a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up” as you go along. Every show is different, funny and sometimes quite outrageous. No-one knows where the story will go. (September 14 at 18h30 and September 15 at 20h00).

Outspoken reader, pepper-sprayer of the stupid and award-winning comic, John Vlismas takes us on a hilarious journey back to the recorded start of our nation's turbulent history in his new, clean one-man show: The Good Racist. As the curtain rises, he traces an intelligent, brilliantly funny and brutally honest line from the cradle of mankind to the present stupidity of Sparrows. (September 14 at 20h30; September 15 at 17h30).

Get ready for a side-splitting comedy feast just like the popular US TV show! Whose Line? is the hilarious improv comedy show where four top comedians make everything up on stage! The show features John Vlismas, Rob van Vuuren, Jem Atkins and Masood Boomgaard. (September 16 at 12h00).
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Join Aaron McIlroy as he embarks on a wild journey into the fantastical world of learning disorders. This hilarious take on the ‘problems’ of ADHD and other ‘disturbing behavioural patterns’ is charmingly portrayed by this master of character comedy. He has lived with this ‘gift’ for the last half century. ADHD is a comedic steamroller without GPS. (September 14 at 08h30; September 15 at 20h30).

Reloaded, Rebooted and Re-invented. It’s over and out after this! Ash and Brad Searle are back, directed by Vanessa Harris with their multi-award-winning SA comedy sensation and appear in two shows: Big Boys the Third (September 16 at 10h00); and Caliente (September 14 at 20h30; September 15 at 18h15)

The festival will take place on the beautiful grounds of the Hilton College from Hilton College: 14 – 16 September 2018. The festival would not be possible without the generous support of Hilton College, Tiso Black Star, Grindrod Bank, Black Coffee Design, DWR Distribution, Extreme Events, Bidvest Car Rental, KZN Dept of Arts & Culture, Redlands Hotel, Assitej South Africa, Loud Crowd, Sappi, BASA, Corona and Capital Media.

For more info visit or like the Facebook page, Hilton Arts Festival. Follow us on Twitter @HiltonFest and Instagram. All enquiries on 033 383 0126 / 7 or The full programme is on Online bookings is open and programmes are available from various outlets in KZN. Bookings are open via the website.