Martin is South African to his fingertips and was one of the few performers to receive a standing ovation at the inaugural ‘Smirnoff Mule Comedy Festival', at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town in 1997. Being discovered at South Africa's first real comedy club, Hysterix in Johannesburg and has impressed audiences with his novel style and pertinent observational humour, ever since.
He was subsequently invited by Mr Comedy – Joe Parker - to appear as support act on his first Farewell Tour – his reputation since growing significantly, resulting in his selection by M-Net to compere their ‘It’s a funny country’ special in 1998. Martin, whose show is presented in English and Afrikaans and covers practically all aspects of the South African lifestyle has since become hugely popular at the new Hysterix club in Hatfield in Pretoria.
His show is delivered in both English and Afrikaans and covers just about all aspects of the South African lifestyle.
Although Martin has many a memorable name to attribute his influence, locally, John Vlismas and Joe Parker are to thank for his comedic inception.
You better believe it. But there is a striking depth and intelligence to his dialogue that leaves you feeling this boytjie from Kempton Park is destined for big things. Is Jonas rude? Oh, sure. Is he funny?
Incidentally, his impersonations of famous people are a treat. My guess is that if there had been a contest to impersonate president Nelson Mandela, Madiba himself would come second to Jonas!
His comedy brand can be best described as observational, from where he has been known to explore some surreal territory. His repertoire also includes unique impressions. Martin Jonas is one of the most sought-after corporate comedians in the business.
He has performed in London, hosted the South African Music Awards for two consecutive years and presented four episodes of M-Net`s "It's A Funny Country". He has recently performed in Mauritius and was featured on DSTV's Comedy Central Africa.
Martin Jonas is the proverbial new kid on the block – the boytjie from Potchefstroom via Kempton Park is part of the fresh-faced future of comedy in South Africa. Discovered at South Africa’s first real comedy club, Hysterix in Johannesburg, Martin has impressed audiences with his novel style and pertinent observational humour. He is South African to his fingertips and was the only performer to receive a standing ovation at the inaugural Smirnoff Mule Comedy Festival.
Stand-up comedy is the most direct route he has found to connect with an audience.
“Comedy happens when you want to be an accountant AND a rock star”, he says.
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