John is perhaps a cult figure, taking his particular brand of original, intellectual and wildly risky comedy into everything he does, whether it is clean, complex corporate appearances with highly tailored material, the no-holds-barred material that ignites his public appearances, or the thought through outrage he often presents on radio to provoke robust debate.
He holds the rare distinction of being the only South African stand-up comic to have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, The Hammersmith Apollo, The Lyric Theatre - Shaftesbury lane and The Best of The Fest showcases in both the Montreal and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. He has shared a line-up with Drew Carey, written dialogue for Jerry Springer, and hosted Chris Rock at his club.
John won the first ever “Stand Up Of The Year Award” at the South African Comedy Awards in 2007, and went on to co-found the Comic’s Choice Awards in 2011.
He has written professionally for print, television, stage and radio and has appeared in and co-produced several South African Films. He has worked as a television and radio presenter, and recently performed Shakespeare at the Zoo. He was one of the Comics asked to perform for the 46664 “It’s No Joke” series of concert shows, and appeared in the Bafunny Bafunny 2011 Arena Tour.
Few people know that John is also a qualified scuba diving instructor.
Wherever he performs during the rest of the week, be it an arena or a conference, you can almost always find him on Sunday nights at the Comedy Underground – the club night he began in Melville Johannesburg, where the beer is still warm and the ticket price has not changed in ten years.
About John Vlismas