In 2013 comedian Mark Sampson left Cape Town to go ‘Africa Clockwise’: drive clockwise around the continent in a 10 ton truck that runs on waste vegetable oil and solar power. So far the Sampson family has travelled 23000 km, crossed 20 countries and broken down 15 times, while enjoying warm African hospitality, fabulous surf and palm-fringed perfection at beaches all along the West Coast.
Africa Clockwise is also the title of his comedy show, which premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2011, and played at the Liberty Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg and at the Masque Theatre in Cape Town in 2012 to rave reviews.
Mark Sampson was founder of the Cape Comedy Collective in 1999, mentoring Loyiso Gola, Riaad Moosa, Kurt Schoonraad, Nik Rabinowitz and many others before MC’ing the CCC at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003. He toured three solo stand-up shows to theatres nationally, and had sell-out seasons at the Grahamstown Festival from 2005-11. Before he set off around Africa, he performed at COP17 in Durban for the EU, hosted the world’s largest sustainability conference Sustain Our Africa and launched the City of Cape Town’s Climate Smart Campaign. He also won the award for best presentation at SAASTEC’s 18th Conference at the UniZulu Science Centre in 2016.
Mark Sampson is available to perform the following:
- stand-up eco-medy set
- audio/visual presentation on the Africa Clockwise trek with Q&A component
- conference MC and panel facilitator
- motivational speaker sharing African solutions to climate change challenges
“SA’s funniest stand up comedian by some distance”
“It’s stand-up comedy at its finest, a man with something to say and a fabulous way of saying it.”
“Mark Sampson puts the conscience into comedy, Africa Clockwise is more than a show, it’s a crusade. Sampson’s style segues between serious and very, very funny.”
“Africa Clockwise is… a heartfelt and thoroughly entertaining gem… he’s… bringing sustainability to our world through laughter… His search for a new meaning and securing a future for his family is taking him on an incredible and exciting journey, a journey that will inspire us all.”
See a clip of the show here: Africa Clockwise
To book Mark Sampson for your event, please email: sam(at)africaclockwise(dot)co(dot)za