Johannesburg, 11 October 2012: Comedian and TV presenter Stuart Taylor is to headline the October edition of Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s - Comedy Central’s hilariousmonthly stand-up comedy showcase and TV series.  Comedy Central Presents Stuart Taylor Live At Parker’s, now on its eighth outing,will also give a platform to the comedic talents of ‘Stig’ Khwalo Dlamini, Liam Bento and Melt Sieberhagen.

Comedy Central Presents Stuart Taylor Live at Parker's kicks off at Parker's Comedy & Jive, Montecasino, Fourways at 20:00 CAT on Wednesday 31 October 2012. Tickets are available at www.parkerscomedy.com, direct from Computicket, or at the door, priced R120.

Stuart Taylor (@TheStuartTaylor) is probably best known by most South Africans as the presenter of SABC 3’s hit travel show, “Going Nowhere Slowly”. More recently he was also the star in Mzansi Magic’s “Diary of a Touring Comic”, a programme created around the national tour of his last show.  But when Taylor is not in front of the camera with a mud-powdered face and wind-styled hair, Taylor is enchanting local and international audiences with his headline, stand-up comedy shows. 
Taylor’s ability to interrogate the human condition, explore people, their sensibilities, hopes, dreams, ambitions and fears - illuminating how people interact with each other exposing our similarities and differences alike - has made him a fan favourite. The uncanny manner in which Taylor casts spells of unbridled laughter on virtually any audience has earned him the adoration of local critics and fans over the years in his many ensemble show appearances and his sold-out, one man show theatre productions. The same success has followed his international exploits, earning him rave reviews for his performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland; the Berlin International Comedy Festival, Germany as well as earlier this year at the Auckland International Comedy Festival in New Zealand.

Taylor’s most recent theatre production “Learner Husband” has played to critical acclaim across the country while earlier successes include, “Techni-Coloured”,  which received many great reviews and awards, including the prestigious Overall Best Comedy award at the National Arts Festival and the Show Time award for the best solo performance. 
One the “young guns” of South African comedy, ‘Stig’ Khwalo Dlamini began his career in comedy in January 2011 at the Underground in Melville and has not looked back since. Dlamini has been in and around the Jozi comedy scene, destroying audiences in five minute increments, from Parker’s to the Oz pub in Soweto and the Graca Comedy Showdown.  With his highly flexible style of comedy, Dlamini effortlessly transposes his material to fit any audience.

Chilled Cape Town based comedian Liam Bento (@LiamBentoComiQ) has been in the comedy game since 2009, starting off as one of a stable of comedians at Jokers Comedy Club with the likes of Kagiso ‘KG’ Mokgadi and Carl Weber, before going on to perform at some of the hottest spots in Cape Town including Zula Bar, Purple Turtle and becoming a regular support act at Cape Town’s premiere comedy venue Jou Ma Se Comedy Club.  Bento’s brand of comedic social commentary focuses on the everyday things we all take for granted, never talk about and can relate to.

Melt Sieberhagen (@meltsieb) is one of a new breed of comedians making waves on the local scene with his uniquely South African point of view and an inherent inability to sidestep touchy topics and holy cows. Having been described as anything from “a slightly angry teddy” to “a really funny Dutchman”, Sieberhagen is just a normal bloke looking at the funny side of living in a very interesting and/or dysfunctional society. Sieberhagen hit the local stand-up comedy scene in 2006 and won the “Jozi Comedy Showdown” in 2008, giving him a spot alongside some of the world’s finest comedians at the “Jozi Comedy Festival” (as well as the opportunity to teach them some dirty Afrikaans words). Sieberhagen has left audiences laughing at the “Rocking the Daisies” festival in Darling and is a regular member of Joe Parker’s “Improv Express”.  Most recently he has gained a small cult following after the success of kykNet’s improvised comedy show “Proesstraat”. Alongside fellow comedian Hannes Brϋmmer, he makes up part of the touring Afrikaans comedy act “Die Flying Dutchmen”.

To watch Comedy Central Presents Stuart Taylor Live at Parker's tune into Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) at 20:55 CAT on Friday 21 December 2012.

Tune in to other episodes of Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s including Comedy Central Presents Kurt Schoonraad Live at Parker’s on Friday 12 October at 20:55 CAT and Comedy Central Presents Tumi Morake Live at Parker’s on 11 November 2012 at 20:55 CAT.

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