Laughing Matters

Comedy Roundtable: Joe Parker and South African Stand Up

What is the one thing that has set South African standup apart from standup in any other country in the world? Joe Parker, South African comedy legend and founder of Parker’s Comedy and Jive in Johannesburg, joins South African comics Mpho Popps, John Vlismas, and Celeste Ntuli and Stand Up Planet host Hasan Minhaj, to talk about what comedy sounds like in a country where the days of apartheid are still a recent memory.

Take a Stand

Stand Up Planet showcases life in some of the toughest places on Earth – in parts of India and South Africa – through the lens and experiences of stand-up comics. Is comedy the great connector? Stand Up Planet calls on all of us to stand up – to watch, learn and take action to end global poverty.


…to tell Congress you support U.S. foreign aid to end global poverty. Did you know that the United States spends less than 1 percent of its annual budget to end global poverty? By signing this pledge, you’re inviting us to stay touch and let you know the important moments to tell Congress what you think. (Oxfam America)



…to the organizations you’ve just seen in Stand Up Planet who are working on the ground every day in India and South Africa to change lives, one by one.



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