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Joe Emilio

Comedian - Master of Ceremonies - Online Talk Show Host

Joe Emilio is currently becoming one of the most sought after comedians in Cape Town and has been on some of the biggest stages locally and internationally!

From Cape Town to Rock N’ Run Festival in Namibia. Joe Emilio has a unique story to tell, as he mentions, he was born in Texas USA, moved to Egypt for 9 years then he moved to Cape Town, South Africa. He has been in Cape Town since 2011. Joe Emilio immediately fell in love with Cape Town and has tried to embrace the culture ever since, wanting to hold the right to call himself South African. While his mother is South African and he has the South African ID, to prove it on paper, is that really enough? This is what Joe Emilio talks about in his comedy: Becoming South African, or at least, trying to be.

In 2014 Joe Emilio was part of the Newcomer category in the Savanna Comics Choice awards, where he performed at the Soweto Theater. In 2016 Joe became the resident Master of Ceremonies and commentator for Dodgeball SA. In 2017, he was a semi-finalist in the #ShowUsYourApples Stand-up Comedy Competition at Cape Town Comedy Club. In late 2016 Joe debuted his one-man show: “Joe Ma Se BBQ”, which is a journey about Joe’s experiences in South Africa from a foreigner’s perspective. He makes fun of himself experiencing the South African culture and thus attaching a new spin on every day norms for regular South Africans.


“What an awesome show with this humble yet totally funny guy! I would definitely recommend coming out to watch this amazing one man show to all who love a good laugh!”

Peter Solomons

“Joe Emilio has great comedic presence and always gets us laughing! Always enjoyed his shows. He should totally get “honorary citizenship” already!!!”

David Lee-Dunn

“I had the honour of attending Joe’s comedy show last month and was completely WOWed!! Joe is a comedy genius and I couldn’t stop laughing. The audience absolutely loved him. I’ll definitely be at the next show. Definitely something that cannot be missed.”

Karin Vd Heever

“It’s a must-see for all South Africans; you will relate and laugh at everyday things that you wouldn’t normally consider as funny…”, “He’s like an old friend telling stories over a few beers in a bar – no pressure.”

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