An Evening of Chemody

An_Evening_of_Chemody_web_final26 June 2017
Stand-up Comedy

For one night only, Durban audiences are set to enjoy a completely unique evening of belly laughter, as three of Durban’s favourite funny men join forces as never before, for an excellent cause.

John Vlismas and Aaron McIlroy have been making people laugh really hard for decades. They are old friends and have something else in common.  Both of them did extensive work early in their careers with legendary Durban theatre personality Themi Venturas; recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Joining John and Aaron is another superb local comic, Jem Atkins, who is possibly as talented, but said to be much better looking than both of them!  What better way for Durban to rally and get Themi the treatment he needs than these three lunatics doing the stand-up comedy that has made them household names, and then answering questions form the audience and recounting stories of their most ridiculous experiences on and off stage.

Many people have no idea how funny it is when performers share horror stories with each other, and now you have the chance to hear it straight from the source. This will be a night to remember, with hilarious comedy and an intimate, honest and meaningful look behind the curtain at what the show looks like from the other side.  John, Aaron and Jem will be doing one night only of this completely one-off show in honour of their friend, and all the money they raise will go to his medical costs.  

“We are not spending any money - it’s all going to the medicine,” says John, “there are no posters, no flyers, no frills. I’m very excited to be raising money for drugs than an actual doctor prescribed, it’s a first.”

That’s true, but we will have jokes,” says Aaron, “and you will get a seat - if you book soon.”

Jem was unavailable for comment...!


Tickets are R225, and advance booking is possible through Computicket, who are waiving all commission costs to support this cause.  Call 0861 915 8000 or visit, or buy tickets directly at any Checkers Money Market Counter.  There will also be door sales on the night, subject to availability.

For those who would like to support Themi and this fundraising initiative, but are unable to attend the show, please visit the following Go Get Funding link and consider a donation to