The Bay Harbour Market, situated on the water’s edge in Cape Town’s gorgeous Hout Bay overlooking Chapman’s peak, is bringing funny back this summer with the relaunch of their popular comedy evenings, hosted once a month, kicking off at the end of October! With this monthly stand-up comedy show added to the weekly repertoire of live performances on Friday evenings, the night market scene at Bay Harbour Market promises to raise a few thigh slapping belly-laughs this summer!
Opened in July 2011, the Bay Harbour Market, with its distinct creative energy and unique South African ambience, has proven itself to be a growing success with locals and foreigners alike. Housed in an old fish factory in Hout Bay’s working harbour, it serves as a cultural hotspot where good food meets a uniquely social buzz, and where vibrant traders sell eclectic wares amidst the hustle and bustle of a festive gathering.
Due to public demand, Bay Harbour Market Founder Anthony Stroebel chose to collaborate with popular comedienne Tracy Klass to create a hot lineup of local comics and resurrect the very popular comedy nights in Hout Bay.
Anthony comments, “We have experienced hundreds of messages and emails from our community asking when the comedy nights would return, so we thought Tracy would be the perfect person to curate the lineup this summer and we’re really excited to work together.” The night market offers an unusual setting in which to perform that, according to the Anthony, is thoroughly enjoyed by the comics and audiences alike.
Tracy has sourced the comedic talent (such as the likes of Shimmy Isaacs, Melt Sieberman, Rob van Vuuren and KG Mokgadi) from across the country, bringing together a fresh line-up of quick wit and scandalous satire by a handful of acts for each monthly show.
The lineup appeals to the market’s international audience with its relevant contemporary humour. Viewers can expect hilarious but accurate takes on our nation’s many accents and cultural quirks, and an artillery of side-splitting punch lines about, amongst other interesting topics, current affairs and social communities.
In addition to setting tongues wagging, the show is sure to get stomachs grumbling too, so grab a quick bite to eat before you grab your seat, from various of the market’s legendary food traders, who have been hand-picked for these events.
Fill your tummy with all kinds of treats, like chilli poppers, wraps, cakes, seafood, pork belly, lamb, dim sum and oysters, to name a few! There are banting offerings for the healthy and Indian street food for the adventurous – the list is as endless as the pleasure.
General tickets for the comedy show go for R80 per person. Staying true to the market’s vision and mission of supporting the local community, a portion of all proceeds goes to supporting a local charity called The Smipes Foundation also founded by Anthony Stroebel.
The foundation aims to “Wipe Smiles across South Africa, one serviette at a time.” Smipes Serviettes have been created to benefit Early Childhood Development programmes in Hout Bay, and are used by all traders and guests in the food court at Bay Harbour Market.