Comedy Masterclass back by public demand


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Aaron McIlroy onstage in ‘Comedy Masterclass’. Photo: Val Adamson.
Aaron McIlroy onstage in ‘Comedy Masterclass’. Photo: Val Adamson.

Hailed as “a masterpiece deserving of the standing ovation it received on opening night!” (Gisele Turner, Going Places), the production had a successful national tour last year, before going on to win four major accolades at the 2016 Durban Theatre Awards, including the coveted Production of the Year award.

MacBob Productions presents the return of Aaron McIlroy’s hit, Comedy Masterclass, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban from 21 to 26 March.

Comedy Masterclass affords audiences a rare and hilarious peek into what goes on backstage, as Aaron McIlroy – star of Abbamaniacs, The Loser, The Ranga and a host of other hits – delves into the science that underpins the world’s oldest coping mechanism, a Sense of Humour.

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Co-written by McIlroy and Patrick Kenny, and directed by Kenny, the production takes the audience on a surreal, comedic roller-coaster ride into the world of laughter, where the rules are subjective and what one person finds funny another may cringe at!

Aaron McIlroy captured onstage in Comedy Masterclass - Photo by Val Adamson
Aaron McIlroy captured onstage in Comedy Masterclass – Photo by Val Adamson

Why do we find things funny? McIlroy attempts to answer the question: “Something is often funny because it captures a moment, it contains an element of truth as seen from a new angle, it is something that we have always known and yet are hearing it out loud for the first time. I think that our need to feel intelligent comes into play a lot in finding things funny… Maybe humour is actually the overwhelming joy at feeling intelligent,” quips McIlroy. “In any event, as ‘Laughter is the best medicine’, come and enjoy your dose. Because, let’s face it, there has never been a time when we needed it more.”

Don’t miss Comedy Masterclass! ONE WEEK ONLY! Shows at 19h30 (Tuesday to Saturday, 21 to 25 March), and 18h00 on Sunday 26 March. Tickets are R145 per person (R120 student and pensioner concessions). Book now at Computicket. Call 0861 915 8000 or book online at

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