Stand-up comedian. Award-winning writer (in Grade 2 – for handwriting). Lover of irony and shoes (irony not ironing. Has creased clothes.) Speaks to strangers.
Angel Campey – yes, her name really is Angel –Has made her mark on the South African comedy scene after a relatively short time. Starting out in 2011 on Long Street, Cape Town to a standing ovation, her career has rolled with the punch(lines) ever since.
In her first year of being a stand-up she made the finals in the prestigious ‘Parker’s Comedy Showdown’ in Johannesburg, beating out over 50 other hopefuls in Stand-Up Comedy battles (and was the only girl in the top 10). She appeared on TV’s Comedy Central Africa in ‘Kings & Queens of Comedy’ with 15 mins of stand up and launched her own online radio show on Cape Town’s number one station, 2oceansvibe Radio, which has been successfully running on Friday-Lunch since 2012 to date.
Angel has since become a staple on comedy stages all around SA and an annual fixture in comedy tents at rock festivals like Rocking the Daisies, Synergy, Rock the River & Up the Creek. She has also made five appearances to date on Comedy Central’s “Kings and Queens of Comedy” stage alongside SA’s biggest and best comics to sold-out arenas of 6000 people (Including shows in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town).
In 2015 Angel was nominated by the South African Department of Arts and Culture for an Mbokodo Award, recognising women changing the game in their industries, for Comedy. And in 2016, Angel joined Comedy Central Africa at Just for Laughs, Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. The biggest stand up comedy festival in the world and toured to USA twice, to perform in New York City for a few months in 2016, including performances at the iconic, Gotham Comedy Club, Comic Strip Live, New York Comedy Club and Dangerfields.
In 2017, Angel was invited to perform at the Johannesburg International Comedy festival, alongside some of the world’s funniest comedic minds and her performance ‘Live from the Alex’ was filmed by Mnet for TV.
Award Winning Writer:
Angel also writes for ZAnews, Puppet Nation, the multi-award winning TV satire news show where she mocks both media, movies and politicians, safely from the distance of latex puppet caricatures. ZAnews won 7 SAFTAs (South African Film and TV Awards) at the 2015 Awards, including Best TV Comedy and went on to be the most nominated show in South Africa for the 2016 SAFTAs with 11 nominations, where they won the coveted Best TV Comedy again (and again in 2017) and ZAnews were nominated for an International Emmy for Best TV Comedy in 2015 and again in 2016. Angel and the rest of the writing team also took home the coveted MUSE award from the Writers Guild of South Africa in 2016 & 2017, for Best TV Comedy Script.
Debut One woman show:
Launching her first full hour of comedy, Yes, Really Angel directed by Nik Rabinowitz and produced by Siv Ngesi in 2013 was another milestone in Angel’s career. Her intelligent blend of “razor-sharp wit and observational humour” was heralded as “nothing short of hilarious” in the reviews of her one woman show which debuted in Grahamstown at the SA National Arts Festival in 2013 and then toured to Johannesburg to further critical acclaim. It has since returned to the National Arts festival in 2014 and made its final run in 2015, which was sold out and got rave reviews. Angel is currently writing a new hour but ‘Yes Really Angel’ will continue to tour more SA theatres due to popular demand.
Angel’s director, comedy legend Nik Rabinowitz, came on board in his directorial debut to work with the new comedian after seeing her on stage once. He saw a potential to be the next big thing for South Africa and calls her “the sharpest comedic mind since Blade Nzimande”.
Her somewhat autobiographical debut show ‘Yes, Really Angel’ tackled topics like growing up with the name Angel, being old enough to remember Apartheid (but young enough to have only noticed that the flag changed), Guardian Angels vs Car Guards, White Privilege, Autocorrect fails, Glitter, Teaching English in South Korea, The Zombie Apocalypse and how she found comedy as a career. Much like prescription drugs, her one woman show is popular with students and grannies alike.
Fresh back from New York, Angel is launching her second one hour comedy special in 2017 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown – aptly called ‘Devils Advocate‘. It will have it’s debut run from 30th June – 8th July 2017 for nine performances at the Masonic Back venue and is again produced by Siv Ngesi. Written and Directed by Angel herself.
A face for
radio TEDX Talks:
Angel performs all over South Africa and was honoured to be asked to perform a comedic TEDx Cape Town Talk at a sold-out Baxter Theatre, which streamed to millions online. Her radio show ‘The Angel Campey Show’ on 2oceansvibe radio every Friday from 1-3pm showcases local comedians, actors, musicians and companies and has been one of the stations most popular shows since its inception in 2012.
Angel is also an ambassador for CATRICE Cosmetics, Legs 11, Blow the Whistle Campaign, UBER South Africa, Rooibos Tea and has a partnership with Chevrolet for her one woman show. She presented a wildly popular YouTube Campaign for the Launch of the new Opel Adam Rocks car, as well as being the quirky face of the Husky Dog Food Brand’s latest campaign.
She’s appeared (nude) in the 2015 Marie Claire Magazine Naked Issue, for Celebrities uniting against domestic violence in aid of Blow The Whistle, and again (fully clothed) in the October Issue for a feature on the top female comedians in SA. Angel has been on the cover of a number of Magazines and has been listed on many ‘top ten’ countdowns of the best new comedians in South Africa.
Angel continues to partner with many brands and charities offering her time, talent and face to raise awareness to many causes. She also talks at High Schools about Stand-up as a career for women.
With an Honours degree in Film & Media from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a history in acting that started at age three, and a life well travelled – from all over SA to living abroad in the UK, NYC and South Korea – Angel feels right at home on stage and is easily adaptable to different crowds.
Contact Angel to book her for what she does best:
Corporate MC events. Comedian. Comedic Writer. Tweeter. Blogger. Opinionater. Voice Overs. Acting. Radio interviews. Tea Drinking and Converting Oxygen to Carbon Dioxide.