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Friends Like Us

A Podcast featuring women of color with different views on hot topics. 

Dec 14, 2022

Comedians David Kau and Gilli Apter visit friends and discuss comedy in South Africa, the danger of Kanye, Ramaphosa's scandal explained and more!

David Kau- South African comedian who first gained mainstream exposure through the television comedy series The Pure Monate Show - which he co-created and produced - in 2003. Born in Maokeng near Kroonstad in the Free State province, Kau matriculated from Meridian College, Pretoria, in 1994. The following year he began a Performers' Diploma in Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1998. In the same year he performed at his first major comedy event - the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival. He returned to the festival the following year, touring from Cape Town to Durban. Since then he has headlined numerous comedy festivals and performed his own comedy specials. He also co-created and hosted the stand-up comedy show Blacks Only. In 2006 he was the host of the 3rd Channel O Music Video Awards. The following year he was a co-presenter of Nelson Mandela's 46664 concert. In 2008 he was the recipient of the inaugural Mzansi Star Comedian award at the first annual Stars of Mzansi Awards. His competitors in the category were Loyiso Gola, Marc Lottering and Krijay Govender. David hosted and judged of the SABC1 reality talent show So You Think You're Funny! He also co-created and hosted the stand-up comedy show Blacks Only – at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg back in 2004, which hasgone on to be the biggest comedy brand in the country, and 13 years later it is a staple in the entertainment landscape of South Africa. It has since featured local and International comedians Capone, Dwayne Perkins, Ruben Paul, Marina Franklin, and Trevor Noah, with David Kau hosting. Jimmy Carr made a surprise appearance at the show a few years ago. He was the host of the 3rd Channel O Music Video Awards and the following year he was a co-presenter of Nelson Mandela's 46664 concert. Most recent credits: SA Cricket Awards 2022 May, Savanna Comedy Central Comedy show Dec 2021, Nedbank SA Open Golf 2020, 2021 - Nelson Mandela Foundation Golf day 2022 April, MC and Comedy- Kirsty Watts Foundation Golf day (Comedy) 20th May 2022. 

Gilli Apter is an award-winning filmmaker, TV comedy writer and mainly - comedian, from South Africa. Gilli has recently toured extensively throughout Europe and the UK, as well as Canada, Australia and Norway, hosting the comedy show, Story Party. In 2022 Gilli performed in LA and New York, ultimately heading to London where she is currently a regular face on the comedy circuit as well as the host of the weekly show, Story Party ( In 2018 Gilli was selected by Trevor Noah to film a short special as part of his Nationwild show for South Africa's streaming service, Showmax and in 2022 she filmed a short special for the Netflix show, Only Jokes Allowed. Both are currently available to watch. Gilli has recently had to end her writing career because she got some bad bitch nails and as a result, can no longer type. All jokes written prior to this event in 2022, will be her last.

Always hosted by Marina Franklin - One Hour Comedy Special: Single Black Female ( Amazon Prime, CW Network), TBS's The Last O.G, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hysterical on FX, The Movie Trainwreck, Louie Season V, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, HBO's Crashing, and The Breaks with Michelle Wolf.