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 recycled vegetable oil.
Africa Clockwise is also the title of his last 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.
In 1999, Mark Sampson was founder of the Cape Comedy Collective, mentoring Loyiso Gola, Riaad Moosa, Kagiso Lediga, Kurt Schoonraad, Stuart Taylor, 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 National Arts 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.
While en route, Sampson has performed shows for ambassadors in capital cities to chiefs in villages, explaining climate challenges and sustainability solutions to kids from primary to tertiary level and to staff in WVO-donating hotels across the continent.
Mark Sampson is available to perform the following:
– stand-up eco-medy set
– audio/visual presentation on the Africa Clockwise trek with interactive 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 firstname.lastname@example.org