The Rise of the Insanity League

Insanity_League_website27 March - 28 April 2013

The Insanity League is a sketch comedy movement, comprising comic actors Aaron McIlroy, Ben Voss and – in a welcome return to the stage after an absence of a decade – John van de Ruit. The trio have teamed up to deliver a sketch comedy show which pokes, provokes and tickles in all the right places – and they’ll be hitting the road from March 2013 for a nationwide tour.

The Insanity League was conceived early in 2012 after too much caffeine and not enough fresh air. An inspired conversation led to the frantic scribbling-down of comedy sketch ideas and a plan for nationwide domination was hatched. Between March and September 2013, The Insanity League will bring their more than slightly-left field ideas to theatres in Port Elizabeth, East London, Grahamstown, Durban, Hilton, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Their ‘Minute of Madness’ sketches are already broadcast regularly on East Coast Radio and Jacaranda 94.2FM.

The show promises to be more than just a random selection of sketches – the team is preparing a comic study on insanity unlike anything ever seen on the stage in South Africa before. An inspired set is taking shape around their manic ramblings, with Director Greig Coetzee carefully crafting the trio’s comic performances.

Aaron McIlroy is probably South Africa’s least-tauntable ginger. Provoke him at your peril – the master of scything punch lines and nuclear takedowns improvises quicker than a tenderpreneur in front of a Carte Blanche camera. McIlroy has previously earned his stripes and laughs by touring the country with killer comedy shows including Dof, The Golfer, The Loser, and @work.

Ben Voss is best known for dressing up in women’s clothing. His alter ego - Beauty Ramapelepele – is a fixture on the South African theatre circuit and a residency on Easy Coast Radio and Jacaranda FM earned him a loyal fan base comprised mostly of Bulls rugby fans and foot fetishists. Together with John van de Ruit he co-developed Green and Black Mamba which played to well over 29 people nationwide.

John van de Ruit rose to prominence with Voss in the Green and Black Mamba sketch theatre shows, developing an eager following in large villages and small towns, countrywide. He became marginally better-known after his Spud series proved that there were far more bored, literate people roaming the country than many ever thought possible. 4 books and 2 films later, he’s extricated himself from the couch and decided he’d really like to wear makeup again every day, for a while.
The Insanity League runs at The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 27 March – 28 April 2013. Tickets are R160 and advance booking is through Computicket on 083 915 8000 or, or at any Checkers Money market counter. Keep in touch on Facebook at or on Twitter @InsanityLeague.