A lot can happen in the space of two months, just ask the freshly crowned winner of the Montreux Comedy Contest, our very own Tats Nkonzo. When Tats was selected to represent South Africa at Europe’s biggest Comedy festival, he never dreamt that he would not only go on to win the competition but also get signed by one of the biggest comedy promoters in the world!
Mick Perrin (of Mick Perrin Worldwide) is a giant in the comedy game worldwide and has been behind some of the most iconic comedy tours and acts. His work with Eddie Izzard and now notably our very own Trevor Noah amongst many others, continues to make headlines all over the world.
Perrin spotted Tats at the Montreux contest last year where he was a guest judge and has since taken him under his wing.
“Finally, I get a chance to tell the world that we don’t eat White people and we didn’t invent Ebola. Very exiting times for SA Tourism. And even for me.” – said Tats of the exciting opportunity.
Grégoire Furrer, founder of the Montreux Comedy Festival, which has just celebrated its 25th year anniversary, made this statement:
“Comedy is a global art form and should have no borders. When we conceived the Contest, our intention was to break down these borders and bring the comedy world together. I’m very happy that through this global talent search, we can now create opportunities like this for talented comedians like Tats and others. I wish him every success in his new adventure with Mick Perrin Worldwide.
Takunda Bimha, founder of Podium…The Comedy Merchants who has partnered with the Montreux Comedy Festival to grow the Montreux Comedy Contest globally had this to say:
“I’m incredibly thrilled that Tats has been picked up by Mick Perrin Worldwide. I’ve always maintained that we have truly world-class talent in this country and if more opportunities were provided, you would see more SA comedians on the world stage. I’m very proud of Tats and the journey he has travelled to get here. I hope that he makes full use of the opportunity to learn, grow and takeover the world!’
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