Saturday October 1st 2022

Hit women’s comedy show ‘Cracks in the City’ returns for festive run

Cracks Only’s recent, popular hit comedy show, Cracks and the City, returns to the stage at On Broadway in November for a three week run in Cape Town, South Africa!

Funny women Anthea Thompson, Shimmy Isaacs, Anne Hirsch and Marianne Thamm will revive the show from November 9 to 27 from Wednesdays to Saturdays.

Cracks And The City caused a minor comedy sensation when it first ran for only a week at the Baxter’s Flipside venue in July. The show was hosted by honorary Crack, Marc Lottering, and word of mouth soon saw almost full houses. If you missed it then make sure you catch this unique line-up of some of the city’s funniest women.

This time it’s Cracks And The City – not hosted by Marc Lottering, who will be in Gauteng during the run.

It features woman only; yet none of them feels the need to explicitly address any feminist issues and turn the show into a discourse on what it means to be a woman in South African today….They are comedians who just happen to be
women, with views affecting the full spectrum of humanity”.

The show, brainchild of veteran journalist and columnist Marianne Thamm, offers a unique comedy experience.

Women make comedy differently from men and Cracks Only, as a concept, offers a more nuanced space for these female performers to make their comic magic, says Thamm, who had been hatching this concept for several years.

production of Shirley Valentine at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Her television creditsAnthea Thompson is one of this city and the country’s most watchable stage and television actresses. She has had a long and successful theatre and television career and will be remembered for her triumphant performance in a recent include Laugh out Loud for M-Net, Mazinyo.Q, Fela, Madam and Eve and Out on a Limb all for the SABC.

Shimmy Isaacs’s autobiographical play, Allie Pad Funny Worcester, has just been selected as one of two plays voted “Best of the Ikhwezi Festival” and enjoyed a two week run at the Golden Arrow Studio at the Baxter.

The play combined stand-up comedy and physical theatre to tell her life story and introduce the characters that impacted on and shaped it. Shimmy’s first stage play, Dens Wit Me, was co-written with Levi Saville and
Vicki Bawcombe, and became the sleeper hit of the National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown in 2007. She played the role of Julia. Shimmy, graduated, with honours, from AFDA’s film school before heading for New York where she
completed a three-month course in acting at the Black Nexxus Acting school. She has been performing stand-up in Cape Town for the past two years.

Anne Hirsch, born and raised in Bloemfontein, moved to Cape Town where six years later she emerged from UCT with a Masters degree focusing on comedy. She has performed and co-written three successful one woman shows and went on to win SABC’s So You Think You’re Funny? (Season 2) crowning her the funniest new stand-up comedian in the country.

Since then she is the only white woman to have ever performed as part of David Kau’s Blacks Only comedy tour performing to sold out audiences in Bloemfontein, Joburg, Cape Town and Durban.

She is currently running Comedy Wednesdays at Stardust Theatrical Dining in Tygervalley, which hosts the best comedy line-up in the Cape.

While Marianne Thamm is better known as an award-winning columnist and journalist (she writes for Fairlady, The Sunday Times and many others) she has led the secret life of a comedian for several years. She first tasted fame (but not fortune) with the Cape Comedy Collective in the late 1990s but opted to return to the more unstable world of freelance journalism.

Marianne won the 2007 South African Comedy Award for Best Humourous Columnist. She performed her comic lecture “Survivor 1970s” for the first time at the command of her Excellency Evita Bezuidenhout at the 2009 Voorkamer Festival in Darling. The show is rumoured to be funny.

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