Durban’s Freshest Comedy Festival Returns

The Spar Freshline Heat City Comedy Festival returns for the second year with a proudly Durban lineup.



Hi, Bob Perfect here. I’m the editor of this slice of Durban life, although I’ve been known to keep myself busy with a number of other things. One of those things is the Spar Freshline Heat City Comedy Festival. It’s a festival that shines a light on comedy in the 031 by bringing you a fresh lineup of Durban-bred comedians in a variety of shows over 4 nights at The Winston Pub from the 25th to the 28th of July, presented by Spar Freshline in association with Heat City Nights, DYR 105.1, Durban is Yours and Poison City Brewing.


You might have joined us for last year’s edition of the fest, and if you did, thank you. We knew we’d be doing a 2nd edition of the festival when we had to move the pool table out the way and bring in benches from outside- on the opening night. Turns out Durbanites can actually leave the home during Winter. Who knew?

If you came last year, we already know we’ll be seeing you again. You had a great time, it was written all over your laughing faces. Invite your new squeeze this time, or even just a new friend, or maybe reconcile with an old friend by getting them tickets and laughing your pent-up animosity away together.

If you weren’t there last year, well, lucky for you, we’re doing it again.


This year’s festival features a diverse selection of shows and line-ups to suit almost everyone. Wednesday the 25th of July is Underground Comedy, where 14 of Durban’s next-big-things will give their best 5 minutes of material in a rapid-fire showcase. These fresh faces are hosted by Mo Vawda, with Jem Atkins as your headline act. Oh, and Neil Green and myself will be recording a very rowdy edition of Live from The Winston.



Thursday the 26th, things heat up as we host the Heat City Roast Battle. 8 of Durban’s sharpest wits and rudest twits go head to head with their best insults in a good old-fashioned Roast Battle. I’ll be your host for that and Simmi Areff will be recording an episode of Lesser Known Somebodies after the show.




Friday the 27th features a hilarious mix of experience & youth for a quality night of comedy with some of the funniest acts on the Durban comedy circuit flexing their wit. Kwanda Radebe hosts & Sbu Mnyandu headlines this scintillating showcase.




Saturday the 28th is our busiest day with a panel discussion on “What You Need To Succeed in SA Comedy”, live recordings of Lesser Know Somebodies and The Almost Perfect Podcast, one and two-man shows from the likes of  Carvin H GoldstoneSimmi AreffNeil GreenKwanda RadebeMusa Zondi and Tibs, and we’re hosting a workshop for women who are interested in getting in to stand-up comedy. Here’s the schedule for all of that.



As you can see, I’ve booked a festival full of Durban comedians because I believe that the only way to really grow the scene is to get as many Durban acts as possible in front of Durban audiences so you can see just how much talent we have here for yourselves. You already know the Trevor Noahs and Loyiso Golas of the world, but we can produce acts of their level with support in our hometown. You may or may not recognise the names above, but each of them have been putting in the time and effort to get their jokes to maximum levels of funny. You’re in for a week of rip-roaring laughter from people in your own communities, what could be better than that?


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