Capetonian one–liner comedian, Yaaseen Barnes, first made a splash as the winner of the Joker’s Comedy Championship in 2013. 2014 saw Barnes taking the coveted title of Good Hope FM’s Laugh Master, and subsequently performing at the Jive Funny Festival alongside the likes of Trevor Noah, Marc Lottering and Nik Rabinowitz. In the same year he was also nominated for the Comic’s Choice Savannah Newcomer of the Year. Perhaps his best–known performance was on Comedy Central, alongside SA favourites like Casper de Vries and Deep Fried Man, in ‘Comedy Central Presents Divine’.
In 2015, he was nominated again for Newcomer of The Year in the Savannah Comic’s Choice Awards and won! He then went on to write a material for Stuart Taylor’s ‘2015 in Revue’, open for Riaad Moosa on the Best of Tour and perform at the Comedy Central International Festival.
Barnes regularly features on The Daily Noise on the Nigel Pierce Show on GoodHope FM and is also a
contributor to ZANews. He runs an open mic night at The Armchair Theatre on Wednesday nights for first time comedy enthusiasts and for older comics to try new material.