Virgil Prins

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Virgil Prins, the comedian formally and informally known as ‘Prins’, is one of the hottest breakthrough comedians in South Africa at the moment. He has been doing comedy for a total of 5 years, with 3 years professional experience. In the past 3 years he has won several Comedy competitions and Awards in South Africa and has performed by invitation at the Montreux International Comedy Festival in Switzerland, as well as the Busan International Comedy Festival in South Korea. Prins has shared the stage with South African greats, the likes of Barry Hilton, Loyiso Gola, Mark Banks, Chris Forrest, Mark Lottering, Kagiso Lediga etc. He is an active performer on stand-up comedy stages all around the country, doing club shows, theatre shows, corporate and social functions and has made a few meaningful radio and television appearances. He has directed 3 successful collaboration comedy shows at the National Arts Festival Fringe in 2014 & 2015. In 2016 he debut his first ever one man show called “Unnecessary” at the Guild Theatre in East London, which is an instant hit, and is currently to be seen at various theatres around the country. In 2016 he was nominated for 2 South African Comics Choice Awards, being ‘The Intermediate Comic of the Year’ and ‘Breakthrough Comic of the Year’, going on to be the recipient of the latter. His material has been described as innovative, playful and funny for the whole family, naughty, but nice; transcending gender, class, race, culture, religion and international borders.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Television Appearances:

-       Morning Live interview and SABC Newsroom Interview (2014 & 2016)

-       SABC 1 Mzantsi Insider feature (2013)

-       Friends Like These, on SABC 1 (2015)

-       Comedy Wednesday Birthday Promo on DSTV (2014)

-       Comedy Central Africa, Grab The Mic Competition (2016)

-       The Bantu Hour, on SABC 2 (2015)

-       MTV Takeover (2016)

-       Guest feature on Face In The Crowd, ANN7 (2016)

-       Etv Breakfast Show Interview (2016)

-       Game On – ‘Sin Bin’ weekly sports parody ANN7 (2016)

-       Special Guest on ‘The Weekend Show’ with Phat Joe & Khanyi Mbau, SABC3 (2016)

Radio Features & Interviews:

-       Yfm, Kaya fm, SAfm, Radio2000, Voice of Wits Radio, UJfm, Rhodes Music Radio, Kofifi fm, Eldos fm, Mix fm, Bush Radio 89.5fm (Cape Town), Busan efm (South Korea), Cliff Central Gas Comedy Podcast etc.

Theatre Shows

-       Proudly Coloured Comedy – Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City (2014)

-       Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace (2016)

-       Comedy Wednesday Birthday Celebration – Lyric Theatre (2014)

-       Opening act for Ndumiso Linde “Diluted People” – The Venue, East London (2014)

-       Stand Up 4 Comedy – PopArt Theatre (2015)

-       1 man show “Unnecessary” – Guild Theatre, East London (2016)

-       The Herald Comedy Series – Opera House, Port Elizabeth (2016)

-       Big Top Arena – Carnival City (2016)

-       And more

Festivals & Tours

-       Stand Up And Smell The Funny (National Arts Festival 2014)

-       Stand Up 4 Comedy (National Arts Festival 2014 & 2015)

-       Johannesburg International Comedy Festival (2015)

-       Montreux Comedy Festival, Switzerland (2015)

-       Awe Mzansi Tour, Queenstown (2016)

-       Business Premium Comedy Festival, Big Top Arena, Carnival City (2016)

-       Busan International Comedy Festival, South Korea (2016)

Hosting & Performances at Corporate (Formal) functions

-       Host of the first ever Mzansi Taste Activation hosted by ACE Pap (2014)

-       Master of Ceremonies at the Santam Insurance Year end function (2014&2015)

-       Comedy host of the Time4Comedy Website launch

-       Host at popular Comedy gig “The Box” Comedy by Goliath&Goliath

-       Standard Bank Awards Ceremony (2015)

-       Program Director at the Annual Provincial Gauteng Pharmaceutical Conference

-       And many others

Stand Up Comedy Gigs Managed:

-       Monday Night Comedy (Melville, Johannesburg)

Have featured on many Comedy line ups, including:

-       Kitcheners (Braamfontein, Johannesburg)

-       The Box Comedy (Maboneng, Johannesburg)

-       Parkers Comedy Club (Gold Reef City/Montecasino/Silver Star Casino, Johannesburg)

-       Goliath & Goliath Comedy Club (Melrose Arch)

-       Mish Mash (Greenside, Johannesburg)

-       Ozone Bar (Soweto, Johannesbrg)

-       Comedy Wednesday (Sandton, Johannesburg)

-       Laugh & Lounge (Vincent Park, East London)

-       Awednesday (NorthCliff, Johannesburg)

-       10 in 5 (Honeydew, Johannesburg)

-       Cape Town Comedy Club

-       Premium Comedy Sports Bar (Cape Town)

-       Observatory Armchair (Cape Town)

-       And many many more.

Special Achievements:

-       Winner of the Parkers Comedy Club ‘Comic-kazi’ Competition (2015)

-       Runner-up in the Comedy Central ‘Grab The Mic’ Competition (2015)

-       Winner of the Jokenation International Comedy Talent Search (2015)

-       Opening act for Ndumiso Lindes, ‘Diluted People’, The Venue, Hemingways, East London (2014)

-       Opening act for Marc Lottering, Guild Theatre (2016)

-       Opening act for Barry Hilton, ‘Evolver’, Parkers Comedy Club, Montecasino (2016)

-       Nominated ‘Comedian of the Year’, Beat Magazine, The Heart Beat of the Eastern Cape (2016)

-       Nominated for 2 Savanna Comics Choice Awards, ‘The Intermediate Comic’ and ‘The Breakthrough Comic’ of the Year (2016)

-       Recipient of the Savanna Comics Choice Award ‘Breakthrough Comic’ of the Year (2016)

Charity & Awareness Involvement

-       Program Director, ABSA Eastgate Charity Golf Day (2015)

-       Program Director, Everybody Loves Everybody Charity Fundraiser (2015)

-       Helper at WAH Shavathon in aid of Cancer Awareness (2016)

-       Master of Ceremonies, S.A.M.E Foundation, Annual Donor Awards Dinner, Cape Town) (2016)

-       Performer at Aaron Benjamin Halters Legacy of Hearing Trust (2016)

-       And others

 

Workshops

-       Comedy workshop facilitator at the Standard Bank National Schools Festival (Gauteng) – 2015

-       PopArt Theatre Improv Comedy workshop for IT delegates – 2015

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