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WOW COMEDY JAMZ (article first published : 2008-05-19; last edited : 2008-09-7)

It’s fresh; it’s new and it’s wow…Wow Comedy Jamz will feature the traditional names in comedy circuit as well as the fresh and very funny blood when it has its next instalment on May 28 in the Playhouse Drama featuring Durban’s very own Jailoshini Naidoo and Neil Green sharing the stage with the father of South African comedy, Mel Miller; SA’s number one impersonator as well as the founder of Nubreed Comedy – Kedebone Malaudzi.

Mel Miller worked with the Adam Leslie Company, starring in reviews such as Group Hairier and Tribute to Cole Porter until 1985 when he decided to freelance as an entertainer. Mel worked as a radio actor on Springbok Radio appearing on such programs as Jet Jungle, The World of Hammond Innes, Marriage Lines and Squad Cars. He started his television career in 1976, in South Africa’s first comedy programme Biltong & Potroast and also appeared in Celebrity Squares, Us Animals and Things and the Everywhere Express.

Mel’s first love is stand up comedy. He spent ten years travelling the Southern Sun circuit, appearing at all the hotels in the group. He was the first South African artist to appear at the Top Of The Carlton in 1978, and he performed in other circuit tours such as The Crazy Horse Circuit. Mel has written and appeared in launches and branch openings, as well as in advertising campaigns. From 1985 to 1997, Mel worked as a graphic designer, until his love for the stage called him back on a full-time basis. He was a smash hit on his return, storming the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival from 1997 onwards.

Mel Miller has been performing on South African stages for over 40 years, his diverse humour and no-topics-untouched attitude wrap together to bring audiences a laugh per minute performance of unstoppable joy! The veteran performer is known in the stand up market as “The Godfather of South African Comedy” and his title is evidently deserved when seen strutting punch line after punch line from any stage. Mel was one of the first local stand-up comedians to appear on South African television. He has developed the art form and became one of the first local stand-up comedians on the corporate event circuit. As the art form became popular, so did Mel and when festivals became popular in the nineties Mel worked on most of them.

Producing one-man shows is not new to Mel - he has had sell out performances with his shows Captain Chaos and Captain Chaos returns! Mel has also been seen in many a review and pantomime, which is why his being the first comedian to work on the Teatro stage is so special. His new one man, show Mel Miller’s Big Fat Comedy Show is due to run in Johannesburg in June.

Supported by the Durban Arts, East Coast Radio and the Daily News, Wow Comedy Jamz takes place in the Playhouse Drama Theatre on May 28 at 19h30. Tickets R80 available at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers. More information on 031 3699 555.




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