Laugh It All Off At Jou Ma Se Comedy Club

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I absolutely love to laugh – there’s just no feeling like it! But what is my favourite way to get my giggle on? It has to be live stand-up comedy. Sure I could head to the cinema to catch a big comedy blockbuster or turn on the TV to catch the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother but nothing really beats a laugh-a-minute live comedy show. There’s just something magical about watching one (insanely) brave human being stand on a stage in front of a room full of people with the sole purpose of making them laugh. Which is why I was so incredibly excited to hear that Kurt Schoonraad's Jou Ma Se Comedy Club has recently opened up in a grand new spot at the V&A Waterfront! I went through to see what all the fuss is about and while I was at it I found my new-favourite live comedy spot in Cape Town.

The popular comedy club relocated to the historical landmark Pumphouse building a little while ago and has been killing people with laughter ever since. Here the folks at Jou Ma Se Comedy Club have created a spot that still flaunts the original industrial-style of the Pumphouse, while also providing the perfect environment for their comedians and audiences. When guests arrive they are ushered to wooden tables with red, black and grey metal chairs and left to marvel at the exposed facebrick walls and the bright red banisters, metal wall supports and roof trusses.

Besides the super cool decor, what I love most about the comedy club is that you can also dig into delicious grub and sip on refreshing drinks while you enjoy the entertainment of the night. Soon after we arrived we were brought the menu for the evening – the club hosts various celebrity chefs every month and so the menu is constantly changing (which is pretty exciting if you ask me!) However one thing that doesn’t change about the menu is the style of the food; most of the food on the menu fits under the category of classic comfort food so you’re bound to always find a delicious burger, steak, pizza and salad on the menu. We were treated to a menu by celebrity chef Sue-Ann Allen and her team and absolutely loved the food that came to our table.

I tucked into a classic Jou Ma Se Burger (a beef burger basted in Jou Ma Se barbeque sauce, cheddar cheese, flame grilled brown mushroom and topped with battered onion rings – R85) and the boyfriend enjoyed a Herb Crusted Chicken Schnitzel (pan-fried and served with a side of fries and salad – R80). Both dishes were simply delicious and my burger was everything a burger should be and more. We didn’t have dessert (we were just so full) but after we got the bill I suddenly became a little sad that didn’t leave room to sample the Hand-made ice cream bowl which offered a selection of Double chocolate, Croissant and Christmas Pudding Ice Cream (R50).

Soon after we finished our meal the fun started and it was time to hear the first comedian of the night! The night usually features four comedians (a headline act, a host for the evening, a support act and an open mic act). We were treated to the comedy of Carl Weber (our host for the evening), Kurt Schoonraad, Liam Bento and Rob Van Vuuren. The comedy was truly sensational and every single act that took to the stage was a class act. I really can’t remember a point where I stopped laughing that night (besides the interval that is) and Rob Van Vuuren really brought the house down with his unique brand of off-the-wall comedy.

This is definitely a must-try for all Capetonians and visitors! Most shows at Jou Ma Se Comedy Club cost R80 per person (R50 for students) and all food and drinks are for your own account from then on.

By Crystal Espin
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16 January 2014 at 03:20 pm
Crystal Hi Peter. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy it. I had a great time and so did everyone else with me. Stuart Taylor (most probably) wasn't on the line up the night I was there. But Kurt Schoonraad was and I didn't find his comedy to be too vulgar at all. I suppose each to his own. I'm also quite familiar with the local comedy scene and attend stand up shows often and Jou Ma Se Comedy Club usually hosts the top comedians in the country. It really is a great spot for those who love comedy but I suppose, as the name suggests, it's not for the faint hearted.
16 January 2014 at 02:53 pm
peter desjardins Really don't know what Crystal Espin is raving about. I went along (on her recommendation) to see what it was about, as I love a good laugh as much as anyone, but the host act Kurt Schoonraad and the headline act Stuart (someone) seemed to think that the only way to get laughs was by using a tirade of bad language, almost every word interspersed by the "F" word. What is it with comedians today that they have to rely on using profanities to get laughs (or so they think). Fellas, go study the classic oldies like Tommy Cooper and Tony Hancock and their ilk, if you want to succeed in the art of true comedy. If 'comedy' of this style, as put over by these so-called comedians is what presses your buttons, as it does Crystal's , who thought this form of humour truly sensational, then enjoy, I'll rather stick to the REAL comedians of the comedy circuit, who don't have to rely on swearing to make their audiences laugh.
14 January 2014 at 04:17 pm
Crystal Hi Joan. There are a few vege options on the menu. It changes from month to month. The shows are all in English - part of the name is just in Afrikaans.
14 January 2014 at 01:37 pm
joan What's for vegetarians & is it suitable for non Afrikaans speaking patrons
14 January 2014 at 11:13 am
Crystal Hi all. You can visit their website - found in the little pink box in the top right hand corner of this site for more info on the menu and the line-up.
14 January 2014 at 11:03 am
Donnovan Where can we see the lineup of comedians who are on show here ?
14 January 2014 at 10:52 am
Nathirah Hazell Do you cater for Muslim patrons?
 

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