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A day out with the cast of Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

  • 15 July 2017 | Alyx Carolus

One of the Mother City’s premier comedy events, the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival is a treat for local audiences. This week, a few of the performers hopped onto City Sightseeing’s Red Bus for a fabulous day out.

The cast outside our Red Bus (Image: City Sightseeing) 

Started by veteran public-relations guru Eddy Cassar, the festival has brought a variety of acts to the city for more than a decade. This year’s line-up doesn’t disappoint and fans can look forward to both international and homegrown performers putting on their best acts.

En route to Groot Constantia (Image: City Sightseeing) 

Comic Mel Jones shared why she loves the city and its audiences: “Because I do comedy, they love to laugh. It doesn’t matter what situation they come from or from which background. They love to laugh!”


After a successful opening performance, the cast got a chance to explore the area around Constantia Nek and to visit Groot Constantia (stop 25). Founded in 1685 and officially South Africa’s oldest commercial wine farm, Groot Constantia is widely renowned as the birthplace of the national wine industry.

Enjoying the outdoors and the friendly ducks (Image: City Sightseeing) 

It was the ideal family-friendly outing for the cast, which included Norway’s famed contortionist Captain Frodo, London-based magician and comic Paul Dabek and Mario: Queen of the Circus, the alter ego of US performer Clark McFarlane. They were also joined by Capetonian comic Mel Jones, who often performs or hosts comedy shows around the city.

Mel Jones enjoying the view with Heart FM's Shelley Rodkin (Image: City Sightseeing) 

The day started off with a quick tour by our guide, Karen Woodcock, of the Groot Constantia Manor House. The walkabout features antique Cape furniture and detailed exhibitions of paintings, ceramics, brass and copper ware portrayed in the style of successful 18th and early 19th century Cape farmers.

The tour continued with a trip to the cellar, where the guests could see the inner workings of the farm and how the award-winning wines are stored. Woodcock explained that the estate had been trading for more than 300 years.

The day ended with an intimate wine tasting hosted at the in-house eatery, Simon’s Restaurant. Guests got to sample four wines from the farm – two whites and two reds. These included the incredible Gouverneurs Reserve Red, a top-quality cabernet sauvignon-driven blend. 

The venue for the wine tasting (Image: City Sightseeing)

Some of the fabulous Groot Constantia wines on offer at the tasting (Image: City Sightseeing)

Delicious desserts at Simon's Restaurant (Image: City Sightseeing)

And then it was time to hop on the bus to go back to the city! Don’t miss the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival running until 6 August – grab your tickets before they sell out.

All aboard the Red Bus! (Image: City Sightseeing) 

How can you visit?

Head out to Constantia Nek on City Sightseeing’s Wine Tour, taking advantage of its 3-for-1 promo running until 8 October, and bring the little ones along.

The popular special means two kids under the age of 18 hop on and off for free if you buy one adult one-day pass. Take a day out and sample some award-winning wines with friends and family. The kids can have a ball playing outside on the estate’s vast grounds.

Purchase your tickets online, at stop 1 or stop 5, or from the bus driver.