Joe Emilio

Comedian and MC - Cape Town
Joe Emilio


Texas born, USA resident where he lived most of his childhood, then moving to Egypt for a while before landing in Cape Town, South Africa in 2007. Joe pursued his career in Stand-up comedy, he graduated top of his class in performing arts, with a BTECH Diploma in the one hand, sheer passion and determination in the other. Joe performed stand-up in front of a live audience whom he did not know, it was in his college years when he began to write original material for his stand-up comedy routine.

He performs on a regular basis in many venues in and around Cape Town. Organizing his own gigs and giving aspiring comedians a chance to have their 5 min of fame which then developed into the brand: #ThatsFunny.

Joe hasn’t stopped since then as he began performing in front of friends at “Comedy Braais” and towards the end of his studies in 2011.

In 2014 Joe was part of the Newcomer category in the Savanna Comics Choice awards, where he performed at the Soweto Theater.

Joe can currently be seen on the local comedy circuit and does not shy away from any event.

In 2016 Joe became the resident MC and commentator for Dodgeball SA. His career has even taken him international to Windhoek, Namibia where he performed and MC’d at the music festival: Rock n’ Run 2016.

Later that year, Joe debuted his one-man show: “Joe Ma Se BBQ” which is a journey about Joe’s experiences in South Africa from a foreigners perspective. He makes fun of himself experiencing the South African culture and thus attaching a new spin on every day norms for regular South Africans. Dirty Punk City Blog said: “It’s a must-see for all South Africans; you will relate and laugh at everyday things that you wouldn’t normally consider as funny…”, “He’s like an old friend telling stories over a few beers in a bar – no pressure.” in their review of the show.

He has taken his one man show to many venues across Cape Town as well as doing a run at the Cape Town Fringe Festival in 2017.

In 2017 He was a semi-finalist in the #ShowUsYourApples Stand-up Comedy Competition at Cape Town Comedy Club.

Joe’s comedy can be described as: “Joe is a storyteller comedian, energetic and lively on the stage. His comedy is fresh and original…” – Cape Town Comedy club

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