Rasdien's absurd yet thought-provoking stand-up comedy show tackles the touchy subject of evolution and how natural selection has blessed many of the figures that loom over South African life. Topics under scrutiny range from the devil and Charles Darwin to Julius Malema and Steven Hawking in a show that will make you laugh until tears are rolling down your face.
Joey Rasdien is the face of a new generation of South African comedy. He is instantly recognisable thanks to his appearances in movies such as Running Riot, Bunny Chow, Vaatjie Sien Sy Gat, Dollars and White Pipes, as well as the recently released Outrageous and currently shooting Blitz Patrollie. Joey has also just completed shooting his own sitcom due for transmission in October 2010 on SABC2. In addition, Rasdien has performed in many major comedy festivals in South Africa and is a regular on the comedy circuit at the country's leading venues. He headlined the most recent Blacks Only Comedy, which played to a capacity crowd of 4,000 people, and he has become a regular performer at the popular Heavyweight Comedy Jams. He also recently starred in the popular Last Laugh at The Lyric and The Pure Monate Show on SABC1. Joey has also performed at the prestigious comedy venue Yuk Yuks in Toronto.
His experience in the financial industry is an advantage when relating to a corporate audience which makes him a sought after Facilitator / entertainer at conferences.
Joey Rasdien is a South African comedian, writer and actor best known as a writer and performer on the SABC1 sketch comedy series Pure Monate Show, from 2003-2004.
He currently stars as Ben Rasdien in his first television sitcom, Rasdien, which premiered on SABC2 on Friday 5 November, 2010. He created, co-produced, co-wrote and stars in the series.
He also stars in the SABC2 variety comedy show Colour TV, in 2011.
Born in Johannesburg, Rasdien grew up in Riverlee, Mayfair, Asbury, Coronationville and Eldorado Park. He attended Coronationville High school in Johannesburg and achieved a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the Rand Afrikaans University, subsequently renamed to the University of Johannesburg.
After graduating he landed a job at Alexander Forbes as a financial advisor and front manager, which included high-level fund management. At the urging of his wife he quit his job in 2002 to launch a comedy career.
He started making his name in comedy clubs like the Blues Room, 88, Funny Bones, Dachs, Horror Café, Cool Runnings and Tanz Café amongst others. Thereafter he began booking regular comedy gigs at the casino resorts Morula Sun and Carnival City.
He was invited to perform on 5FM’s Beach Tour early on and went on to perform at the two-week Ha–Ha Comedy Festival at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban.
Since then he has performed at the Heavyweight Comedy Jams, Blacks Only, the Let Durban Laugh Festival, the University of Pretoria Festival and the Oppikoppi Rock Festival amongst others.
He was also invited to perform at South Africa’s biggest and most prestigious comedy event, the Cape Town International Comedy Festival, where the cream of the country’s comedy acts get to perform alongside top international acts for three weeks.
He has performed at Yuk Yuks comedy club in Toronto, Canada and in Dubai.
Kings and Queens Comedy show will have you royally hooked!
The nation’s most loved comedians have come together under one roof for an amalgamation of hysterical humour and eccentric wit to give you an evening with the Kings and Queens of Comedy show.
The show will tour from Johannesburg to Cape Town ensuring that both cities get to see their favourite King and Queen of comedy live in action, for an evening of giggles, laughter and a taste of South Africa’s hottest acts on the comedy scene.
Back by popular demand, the Kings and Queens will revisit Emperors Palace in Johannesburg for a second time this year for a one night only comedy spectacle. The unforgettable evening will see the talented comedy kings Nik Rabinowitz, Muthu Murugan and Eugene Khoza and comedy queens Ann Herch, Tracy Klass, Tumi Morake and Mel Jones. Funnyman, a surprise special guest appearance awaits you and MC will be none other than renowned South African joker, Joey Rasdien. Don’t miss this hilarious royal affair on 21 September from R160 per person.
For the first time ever the show then moves to the beautiful mother-city of Cape Town. Capetonian fans will be swept away by this wave of comedians with SA funny man 94.7 Highveld stereo’s Darren “Whackhead” Simpson, Chris Forest, Soli Phillander, Trevor Gumbi, guest appearance by Riaad Moosa and Joey Rasdien. The Queens are led by the hilarious Tumi Morake, who shares the stage with Angel Campey, Ann Hirsch and Melanie Jones. A show not to be missed, catch them on 6th & 7th October, as they rock the streets of Cape town and take the entertainment scene by hysterical storm! The show will be held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC).
Spoil yourself with a night of hilarity with South Africa’s top comedians guaranteed to tantalise the comedy taste buds for ages, genders and races. But get booking now as time is running out and as rumor has it, royalty is a once off affair!