Funny Festival charity evening – 12 June 2013

Media Statement

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
Funny Festival Charity Evening
12 June 2013

“You could almost imagine them in heaven, sort of rolling in the aisles”
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

If laughter is the best medicine what better way to sweeten the prescription than by supporting a good cause? Capetonians have the perfect opportunity to laugh their heads off for charity by attending a special performance for the Arch at the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival on 12 June 2013, at the Baxter Theatre.

All proceeds from the show will go to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, to support projects empowering women and girls.

“The manner in which society treats girls and young women is no laughing matter,” said Executive Director of the Foundation, Reverend Mpho Tutu. “But to laugh is to be human, is part of the joy of life. We invite our friends to join us in our quest to instill a sense of optimism about the potential of South African youth – particularly its girls, the future nurturers and champions of society.”

The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, now in its ninth year, brings together a selection of internationally acclaimed comedians, along with some of the best local acts on the South African comedy scene.

Performers include former lead clown of the Cirque du Soleil, Mooky Cornish, and the UK’s top comedy juggler, Steve Rawlings; “Spanish” crooner, Wilfredo, and comedy pianist, Kev Orkian. Not to be outdone by the visitors, there is a strong showing from the South Africans: Marc Lottering and Siv Ngesi will take to the stage, as will Good Hope FM DJs, Carl Wastie and Guy McDonald. Regular host, Alan Committie, holds the show together.

“If we are going to see real development in the world, then our best investment is in women,” Archbishop Tutu said. For a small investment of just R150 per person, show patrons will help to realise this worthy goal! Tickets for the Funny Festival Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation charity performance on 12 June may be purchased via or at Computicket outlets.