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Jem Atkins

After more than 5 years in the comedy and corporate entertainment industry, Jem Atkins has garnered a reputation as a highly talented Professional MC and Corporate Comedy Entertainer, and indeed one of the top comedy performers in Durban.

His performances are loaded with high­energy, intelligent observations, dotted with hilarious antics and realistic impressions. His sharp­witted humor makes for highly memorable audience interactions as he artfully skirts the line between funny and edgy whilst covering all range of topics, including marriage, divorce, love and dating, fatherhood, working in I.T., holidaying in India, South African movies, Eskom and much more.

He has toured Cape Town and Joburg and performed at various comedy festivals, where he has shared the comedy stage with the likes of John Vlismas, Rob Van Vuuren, Robby Collins, Chris Forest, Mel Miller, David Newton and others.

He is well known on the Durban Comedy Circuit, having hosted, performed at, and often headlined, most Durban comedy venues, with the likes of Neville Pillay, Carvin Goldstone, Jeloshnee Naidoo, Dusty Rich, Gareth Woods and many others.

In 2012, he performed his highly successful debut one­man show – ‘The Single Dad’ In April, 2014, he performed the sequel ­ ‘Single Dad II’, receiving excellent reviews!

“His flow was effortless and smooth. Jem connected and interacted with his audience, incorporating champion ad­lib moments with the crowd.”
– The Comedy Girl, Zero31; April, 2012

“An effortlessly funny comedian!”
– Tonight, Daily News – 09.11.12

“A very talented, intelligent stand­up comedian; he is worth every cent!”­ John Harley; Artsmart; September, 2012:

“His transition from one wacky topic to another seemed effortless and he had the confidence and stage presence of a man who’d been in the business for years.”
­- Glen Surtees, DurbanIsYours

“He is a charming comedian with a pocketful of hot jokes! We’re waiting for Single Dad 3 already!”
­- Gisele Turner, Going Places

“The show is perfectly crafted, intelligent, warm­hearted and most of all very funny!” ­
– Keith Millar: ArtSmart

As a Professional MC and Corporate Entertainer, Atkins prides himself on having hosted and performed at events for a number of companies, including:

­- FNB

­- Deloitte

­- RMB Corporate Banking

­- Safire Insurance

­- Jess Foord foundation

­- Derivco (repeat business)

­- Unilever (repeat business)

­- MSC Sinfonia

­- Splashes Restaurant (repeat business)

-­ Miele Gallery of Fine Living

-­ C.A.N.S.A

-­ First Technologies

­- Ford Auto

­- Estcourt Golf Club

-­ Riverside Hockey Club (repeat business) ­- Brandhouse

Accomplishments:

­- ‘2009 Best New Durban Act of the Year’ – ‘Durban School of Comedy’ ­ Resident comic at ‘Durban Society of Comedy’ for 4 years

– Round 3 of ‘SA’s Got Talent, 2009’

-­ Performed at White Mountain Festival, 2010

­- Performed at Rocking the Daisies Festival, 2010

-­ Debuted Comedy at Splashy Fen 2010; multiple performances at Splashy Fen 2011.

-­ Performed the ‘Durban Comedy Invasion’ show at the Grahamstown Arts Festival 2011 (“Easily one of the funniest shows at the fringe” – ‘The Cue’ – July 4, 2011), and again in 2012.

-­ Debuted his highly successful 1­man show – ‘The Single Dad’ – in April 2012

-­ Performed his highly acclaimed one­man show sequel ­ ‘Single Dad II’ ­ in 2014 (In Durban and at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival)

-­ Performed the 5FM Comedy Minute live, in August, 2012

-­ Performed stand­up comedy as a ‘Special Guest Artist’ on the MSC Sinfonia 2012. Christmas Cruise to Mauritius ­ Stephen Cloete (Cruise Director) showboat@pixie.co.za

­- In 2012 founded On Fire Comedy Events which runs a number of monthly comedy shows in Durban.

-­ Was the opening act for Carvin H Goldstone’s iBruino DVD Release Show at the Playhouse Opera, June, 2013

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