Comedy Masterclass on Cape Town Fringe


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

Stand by for a fresh new laugh-a-line theatre experience from one South Africa’s leading comedic stars.

Following a highly successful premiere run at UKZN’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban earlier this year, and triumphing on the National Arts Festival Fringe, Aaron McIlroy’s Comedy Masterclass is the set to take the Cape Town Fringe Festival by storm!

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Presented by MacBob Productions, Comedy Masterclass, the critically acclaimed latest offering from the artist who brought you Abbamaniacs, The Loser and most recently The Ranga, runs in Cape Town’s City Hall venue 4 on 29 September at 20h00; 30 September at 17h15; 1 October at 11h30; 2 October at 18h00; 3 October at 15h30; and on 4 October at 18h00. Tickets are R100 (R90 concessions). To book call 0860 002 004 or e-mail

Photo by Val Adamson
Photo by Val Adamson

McIlroy delves into the science that underpins the world’s oldest coping mechanism, a Sense of Humour. Co-written by McIlroy and Patrick Kenny, and directed by Kenny, Comedy Masterclass is 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!

Why do we find things funny? McIlroy attempts to answer the question: “Something is 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. “Say somebody tries to put on their shoes standing up and falls over. They look like complete idiots, we feel intelligent because we are not the one falling over. So, we laugh – maybe out of relief that it’s not us – this time! Another person makes a clever comment and only a few people get it. If we get the joke we recognise the person as being clever and feel clever ourselves because we understood the concept so, we laugh, again”.

So is humour partly to do with self-congratulation at being intelligent? “Probably a huge part of it! 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.”

“Comedy Masterclass is a masterpiece…a piece of rare theatre deserving of the standing ovation it received on opening night,” (Gisele Turner, Going Places)

See it on the Cape Town Fringe!

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