In early 2018 British comedian Michael McIntyre lands once more on South African Shores.
Performing at Cape Town’s Grandwest Casino on 18 and 19 January, McIntyre will bring his unique brand of comedy here as part of his Big World Tour.
The comedian, with a host of accomplishments to his name, is best known for his observational comedy – a style previously pioneered by the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, but which he’s made all his own.
Among stand-up comics, Michael McIntyre can be said to stand head and shoulders above anyone else (sorry).
Active since 1999, it was in the new millennium that his star rose. From an early best newcomer nomination at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003, he quickly built a name for himself – by 2006 he had performed in front of Royalty at the Royal Variety Performance, a venue he would return to in 2010 as the event’s youngest ever host.
His meteoric rise has led to him becoming, like the rock bands of the ‘80s, a stadium performer: in 2009 he performed to an estimated 500 000 people while on tour in the UK, including at Wembley arena over a record-breaking six nights.
McIntyre’s clearly impressive work ethic kept him on stage through much of the next two years, resulting in him reportedly being the highest-grossing comedian in 2012.
Truly, this is a man that works hard at his laughs.
In 2017, Michael McIntyre set out on a globe-spanning comedy tour of the ages: The Big World Tour.
Covering 15 countries, he will perform 83 times, including in Cape Town and Johannesburg. His last visit to South Africa, in 2013, saw the biggest audience at a comedy event in Africa – 9 000 fans turned up for the laughs.
His Cape Town shows are expected to bring impressive crowds, guaranteed a chuckle from his wry observations on everything you never knew you noticed.
If you’re in Cape Town to watch McIntyre, you’ll find transport options are limited. Unless you have your own vehicle, a hire car is undoubtedly your best bet, as Grandwest Casino is a little out of the way.
But for a good laugh, it’s surely worth it.