There is always a first time and this year it was impossible for judges to select only one winner for the annual Good Hope FM Laugh Master competition. The recently announced winners, Stuart Cairns and Yaseen Barnes will split the R5,000 prize money and will both carry the sought-after title of 'Laugh Master 2014'. Both winners will also get to perform on the main stage at this year's Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, on at the Baxter Theatre until 22nd of June.
This year, Laugh Master attracted no less than 50 aspiring comedians who were judged based on the quality of their short set, which incorporated its presentation, the artist's comedic timing, use of the stage and microphone techniques, together with the all-important laugh ratio.
The close connection between Good Hope FM and comedy is evident in their continued efforts to shine a spotlight on local talent through on-air exposure. Teaming up with the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival and Jou Ma Se Comedy Club was a natural step for the radio station in their search for Cape Town's next top comic. As creators of the annual Laugh Master competition, which takes place in the lead-up to the festival,Good Hope FM continues to provide a platform to promote local comedy talent within the community.
Laugh Master is open to any aspiring comedians to enter, as long as you are funny (not crude!) and do not currently earn an income from comedy, the aim is to promote new, up-and-coming talent. The previous two Laugh Master competitions uncovered two of Cape Town's funniest unknowns: Oliver Booth (2012) and Irshaad Mohammed (2013).
Good Hope FM frequencies:
Hout Bay - 94.1, Constantia Berg - 95.3, Franschhoek - 93.9, Paarl - 94.8, Sea Point - 96.7, Simonstown - 93.9, Stellenbosch - 94.1, Table Mountain - 95.8, Tygerberg - 96.2Hermanus - 91.9, Villiersdorp - 90.2 About Good Hope FM:
Good Hope FM is Cape Town's leading music-focused interactive lifestyle radio station, whose Contemporary Hit Radio format provides a music mix of R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, Dance and South African Music. The Good Hope FM footprint covers Cape Town surrounding towns and villages and the Overberg, targeting young, global, rooted and now generation listeners. The station has a target audience of LSM 6-9, 19- to 29-year-olds. www.goodhopefm.co.za