John Vlismas

Location: Based in Johannesburg


Artist Info


  • Celebrity MC
  • Comedy routine
  • Facilitation

Awards & Distinctions

John won the inaugural SA Comedy Award for Stand Up of the Year, with his one-man show, Gay, Black & Immortal, in 2007

International Noteworthy Performances

Of the stand up comedians working the circuit in South Africa today, John has the widest international profile.

  • Shows in Dubai, 2006 and 2008
  • Performances in 2007 at Shady Okes in London and at the Bulmer’s Comedy Festival in Dublin
  • Appearance at The Comedy Store in London, 2005
  • Four trips to Canada, where he has played at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and remains the only South African comedian to be invited to return three times, having impressed in Club Soda, Globecom and Bubbling with Laughter, and performing by invitation in the prestigious showcase Talk of the Fest with Drew Carey
  • Performance at Maulhelden Festival in Berlin, 2002
  • Participation in the Melbourne Comedy Festival, where he enjoyed a sold out run of 28 shows in the highly regarded Best of the Edinburgh Festival showcase, 2000



The country’s most recognised comedian
The Sunday Times

…Arguably the best stand-up comedian in the country today
Bongani Madondo, Daily News

Vlismas impressed with his smart political jokes…
The Hollywood Reporter

South Africa’s John Vlismas was definitely the highlight. This comic’s understanding of punchy dialogue mixed beautifully with his occasional leaps into highly amusing physical humour, making for a delightfully balanced routine.
Impress Magazine, Melbourne

Another delight was Barker’s cohort John Vlismas who delivered a high-energy stand-up set. A likeable, promising performer, Vlismas’ too-short set was an unexpected delight for the crowd who seemed to have come mostly for the more established Barker.
FOXTEL Magazine, Melbourne

John Vlismas is one of the country’s most outrageous, original and manic stand-up comedians.
Christina Kennedy, The Citizen

If John Vlismas can’t make you laugh, who can?
Jill de Villiers, The Citizen

Vlismas is very much the face of comedy in the new South Africa.
Pierre de Villiers, Time Out

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Typical Budget for John Vlismas is
R30000 - R40000 excl. VAT.


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