Nelson Mandela Bay’s weekly comedy improvisation show “Whose Line PE” is relocating and relaunching. The show has been a popular feature of the local entertainment scene since its launch on February 3rd 2015 and is the only show of its kind in South Africa to sustain weekly audience support, with improv shows in bigger cities being held only monthly.
“We are proud to say that PE is the only city where a weekly comedy improv show like this has been able to get consistent and growing audiences. We’re grateful to the comedy fans in the bay for their ongoing support.” said Roland Gaspar, professional comedian and creator of the group. “However, it is time to take the next step and grow it even further. The Black Box Theatre will give us an expanded infrastructure and is accessible to wider audiences. We are truly excited.”
Gaspar confirmed that the group – which has until now been known as “Whose Line PE” as a tribute to the television show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” – will be relaunching at a new venue with a new name. The group will now be known as “The Black Box Comedy Improv” and will be resident in the “Black Box Theatre” situated at 33 Chapel Street in the same building as the trendy Roof Garden Bar.
The venue has been part of the growing artistic performance hub in the area having hosted Film Festivals, Slam Poetry, live Theatre and live music events. The Urban Exchange Hiphop is also a regular feature at the Black Box Theatre which has recently come under the management of Dameon Van Antwerpen, who said comedy is a natural next step for the venue, “We feel that the Black Box Theatre is perfectly suited to comedy as a performance art and we look forward to being the home of the Improv crew.”
The weekly shows will still take place on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. The glitzy relaunch event is scheduled for Tuesday the 5th of July and with major interest already being shown, booking in advance is strongly advised. Ticket prices remain R40 per person and bookings can be made on 041-582-1157
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