Laughing Matters

Why Do South Africans Love To Be Angry?

Wake up angry. Spend the day angry. Go to bed angry. If you live in South Africa, comic John Vlismas thinks that’s a normal day. After all, South Africans love to be angry. And when it came to the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, well, they got even angrier. John explains why, and it’s not why you’d think.

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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