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Award-winning comedian, John Vlismas is one of South Africa’s most prolific international comics. 2008 has seen him represent his country in Toronto, finishing in the top eight at the Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off, and perform at Freedom Day celebrations in Dubai, at the request of the South African Business Council. John returns to the Johannesburg stage with a long-anticipated one-man show, entitled Lucky Plebian, in June 2008.
The year started with a bang, as John produced the South African leg of Henry Rollin’s 2007/8 world tour, taking in the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town and the Bassline in Johannesburg. John is currently developing a primetime television comedy pilot at MNet’s request.
In 2007, he produced and headlined Shady Okes at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. He also won the inaugural SA Comedy Award for Stand Up of the Year, with his one man show, Gay, Black & Immortal.
Of the stand up comedians working the circuit in South Africa today, John has the widest international profile. From his 2002 performance in Berlin, at the Maulhelden Festival, to his shows in Dubai in 2006 and 2008; to 2007′s Shady Okes in London and at the Bulmer’s Comedy Festival in Dublin; to his appearance at The Comedy Store in London in 2005; and his four trips to Canada, where he has played at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and remains the only South African comedian to be invited to return three times, having impressed in Club Soda, Globecom and Bubbling with Laughter, and performing by invitation in the prestigious showcase Talk of the Fest with Drew Carey; to his 2000 participation in the Melbourne Comedy Festival, where he enjoyed a sold out run of 28 shows in the highly regarded Best of the Edinburgh Festival showcase.
While outspoken and sometimes controversial, Vlismas is a firm favourite in the corporate market, and spends over 60% of his stage time entertaining executives and their staff with tailored, material, proving that he has the ability to adapt rapidly and appropriately for diverse audiences.