Get Your Giggle Fix At Joburg’s Top Comedy Clubs


Everyone needs a good dose of laughter every now and then. Luckily, the Joburg comedy scene has never been more accessible than right now! Check out our top picks of Joburg’s best comedy clubs. 

Get Your Giggle Fix At Joburg’s Top Comedy Clubs

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Melville Comedy Club 

The Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch closed down in early May, much to the dismay of comedy fans. But, there was really no need to worry, as the Goliath’s had been busy setting up a new comedy club in trendy Melville. The Melville Comedy Club officially opened in February 2019. It is now well on its way to becoming one of the top comedy clubs in Joburg. The stage has featured big names such as Nina Hastie, Lihle Msimang, Mark Banks and, of course, the three Goliaths – Jason, Nicholas and Donovan. This up-and-coming comedy spot also welcomes newcomers to the comedy scene to risk it all on their stage. If you are looking for a super cool vibe and some serious laughs, check out the Melville Comedy Club.

What’s On:

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event updates.

Details: 1, 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg | 011 431 1297 | info@melvillecomedyclub.com

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The Box Comedy

The Box Comedy is another Goliath and Goliath project. In partnership with POPArt Theatre, they bring audiences monthly comedy shows featuring the biggest and best in the industry. Hosted at the UJ Arts Centre Con Cowan Theatre, this show offers students, academics and the public an opportunity to catch the best in the business live. Tickets cost between *R30 – R100, which is a fraction of the usual price for a show like this.

What’s On:

The next Out the Box Comedy event will be held at the UJ Arts Centre Con Cowan Theatre on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 at 19:30. Get your tickets here.

Follow The Box Comedy on Facebook for event updates.

Details: UJ Bunting Road Campus, Bunting Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg | 011 559 1476 | ujarts@uj.ac.za

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Parker’s Comedy & Jive

Parker’s at Montecasino is one of the more well-known comedy clubs in the city. This house of funny has been operating since December 2008. They are now the proud home of the most authentic comedy South Africa has to offer. With shows from Thursday to Saturday, this place is always abuzz with eager comedians and happy audiences. Parker’s is also the host of Comedy Central Africa’s Laugh In Your Language.

What’s On:

Your favourite ‘cousin’ is coming to Parker’s this July. That’s right, the hilarious Barry Hilton will be headlining a special one-night only show on Wednesday, 17 July 2019. Click here for more information.

Follow Parker’s Comedy & Jive on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event updates.

Details: Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg | 011 511 0081 | info@parkerscomedy.com

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The Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City is undoubtedly Joburg’s premier comedy venue. Seating 1 100 guests, this opera style theatre regularly hosts comedy specials, including past Comedy Central Africa Roast events. Big comedy shows are also usually filmed here, so if you want to hear your laugh live on DVD, attend one of their events.

What’s On:

Mpho Popps is bringing his new show, Black In My Day to the Lyric this August. This comic genius will take you on a journey of memory – exploring his childhood, school days and his upbringing through his unique brand of funny. The show will take place on Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 20:00. Get your tickets at Computicket.

Details: Northern Parkway &, Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg | 011 248 5168 

The Lyric Theatre

Joburg Theatre

Joburg Theatre hosts the annual Johannesburg International Comedy Festival which takes place every March. This three day comedy festival features over 50 of the best local and international stand up comedians. However, if you happen to miss this epic festival of funny, Joburg Theatre will make sure you are kept laughing all year round. They have recently introduced a monthly feature called Thugz of Comedy. Held on the last Saturday of every month, these shows are a must-see for seasoned comedy show goers looking for fresh talent to enjoy.

What’s On:

Click here to see upcoming Thugz of Comedy events.

Follow Joburg Theatre on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

Details: 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | 011 877 6800 | info@joburgtheatre.com

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Auto & General Theatre on the Square

The Auto & General Theatre at Nelson Mandela Square is a comedy lover’s paradise. An intimate 200 seater venue, this theatre is ideal for stand up sets. As such, they regularly host Joburg’s top comedians, including the likes of Nik Robinowitz, Ndumiso Lindi and Jason Goliath. This venue is great for date nights, too. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic dinner on the Square before hitting up a show.

What’s On:

The gentleman of SA comedy, Ndumiso Lindi will be on stage at the Theatre on the Square this July. His new show, Boys Don’t Cry in July, is dedicated to his father.

Alternatively, catch Jason Goliath at the theatre later in the year. He will be bringing audiences to their knees with laughter in his second one-man show, Couples Only in October.

Click here for further information and show dates.

Follow the Auto & General Theatre on the Square on Facebook or Twitter for event updates.

Details: Nelson Mandela Square, West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg | 011 883 8606 | theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

Auto & General Theatre on the Square

By Tarryn Jameson

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