John Vlismas


John Vlismas is regarded by his contemporaries as the Godfather. Hilton says the tattooed, ringed wundercomedian is more like the "rep for Red Bull.� Okay, so maybe he's a little of both. Vlismas was the SA Comedy Award Winner for stand-up of the year in 2007 and a 2008 finalist for Yuk Yuk's Great Canadian Laugh Off. But now the mad man who started up Whacked Management � an entertainment agency that handles some of the top names in the comedy business � can also add artiste and director to his list of comedic accomplishments. In April Vlismas showcased his much-hyped art exhibition Off The Reservation, which featured 20 oil on canvas works at the Obert Contemporary Gallery in Melrose Arch. He is currently co-directing (and is part of the cast) for a comedy documentary, produced by Anant Singh. But if you are more interested in his stand-up stuff, check out his next show Pow!, which kicks off this month in Johannesburg and Durban.� Tanya Pampalone

Lunch spot: Red Chamber, Hyde Park, Johannesburg