Cape Town actor wins stand-up comedy talent search


Glen Biderman-Pam (@GlenBidermanPam), a 24-year old actor from Cape Town, has become the first ever winner of Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122)’s stand-up comedy talent search.

Comedy Central’s Evert van der Veer, comedy legend Joe Parker and Nicholas Goliath of Goliath&Goliath unanimously chose Biderman-Pam as the winner at the Grand Final of the open-mic contest at the POPart Theatre in the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg on Sunday 2 June. 

Biderman-Pam won over the judges with his confident and animated delivery, and his well-developed narrative and consistent train of thought. The judges also rated him for his high JPM (jokes per minute) quotient, which included hilarious jokes about his life as a struggling actor and his surreal encounter with a mosquito who impersonates Bob Dylan.

Biderman-Pam wins the chance to appear alongside South Africa TV legend Joe Parker and other top comics at the live stand-up gig Comedy Central Presents… Joe Parker Live at Parker’s, which takes place at Parker’s Comedy & Jive on Wednesday 26 June. 

The show will broadcast across Africa on Comedy Central on Friday 16 August at 20h55 CAT.  Biderman-Pam’s winning style will also feature in a half-hour special, Comedy Central Presents Open Mic Live at The Box premiering on Friday 16 August at 20h30 CAT.

Biderman-Pam says, ”Stand-up comedy is such a difficult profession to get into and it’s a great opportunity to have competitions like this for up-and-coming comedians who want to give it a shot.”

“Glen’s victory and the efforts of all our contestants show that the future of stand-up comedy is truly alive and kicking in South Africa. He has a real gift for comedy that the world needs to know about and we hope that this win will help him give him the platform he needs to further his ambitions in the stand-up comedy sphere,” comments Evert van der Veer, head of Comedy Central, Africa.

For further information about Comedy Central’s amateur comedy challenge, go to, like Comedy Central on or follow the channel on Twitter at @comedycentralAF adding #FunnyHaHa to your tweets.


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