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John Vlismas

John Vlismas is well known for his outspoken and observational humour. His ability to understand and comment on political, social and economic affairs has earned him a broad and growing corporate client base, as well as invitations to perform in England, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

John is perhaps a cult figure, taking his particular brand of original, intellectual and wildly risky comedy into everything he does, whether it is clean, complex corporate appearances with highly tailored material, the no-holds-barred material that ignites his public appearances, or the thought through outrage he often presents on radio to provoke robust debate.

He holds the rare distinction of being the only South African stand-up comic to have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, The Hammersmith Apollo, The Lyric Theatre - Shaftesbury lane and The Best of The Fest showcases in both the Montreal and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. He has shared a line-up with Drew Carey, written dialogue for Jerry Springer, and hosted Chris Rock at his club.

John won the first ever “Stand Up Of The Year Award” at the South African Comedy Awards in 2007, and went on to co-found the Comic’s Choice Awards in 2011.

He has written professionally for print, television, stage and radio and has appeared in and co-produced several South African Films. He has worked as a television and radio presenter, and recently agreed to perform Shakespeare at the Zoo. He is proud to be one of the Comics asked to perform for the 46664 “It’s No Joke” series of concert shows, andaappeared in the Bafunny Bafunny 2011 Arena Tour.

What our clients say ...

"John Vlismas was an absolute pleasure to work with. A consummate professional, a very down to earth and approachable person, but most importantly – intelligent, witty and absolutely hilarious. We strongly recommend John for your events and would definitely work with him again."
Sherif Abaza, Managing Partner, Sphere Events – Dubai, UAE

“The country’s most recognised comedian”
The Sunday Times

“…Arguably the best stand-up comedian in the country today”
Bongani Madondo, Daily News

“Vlismas impressed with his smart political jokes…”
The Hollywood Reporter

“South Africa’s John Vlismas was definitely the highlight. This comic’s understanding of punchy dialogue mixed beautifully with his occasional leaps into highly amusing physical humour, making for a delightfully balanced routine”
Impress Magazine, Melbourne

“Another delight was Barker’s cohort John Vlismas who delivered a high-energy stand-up set. A likeable, promising performer, Vlismas’ too-short set was an unexpected delight for the crowd who seemed to have come mostly for the more established Barker.”
FOXTEL Magazine, Melbourne

“John Vlismas is one of the country’s most outrageous, original and manic stand-up comedians.”
Christina Kennedy, The Citizen

“If John Vlismas can’t make you laugh, who can?”
Jill de Villiers, The Citizen

“Vlismas is very much the face of comedy in the new South Africa.”
Pierre de Villiers, Time Out

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