Celebrating East African Writing!


Friday 1st October 7pm-10pm:
Dinner show featuring hit UK comedienne, Jane Bussman at the festival grounds. Premium event Ksh 3,000/ includes good food and excellent entertainment. Limited seating so please book early.
Sunday 3rd October 2pm-3:30pm:
Jane Bussman chats with Sitawa Namwalie and Andrea Bohnstedt
Jane Bussmann’s live comedy show Bussmann’s Holiday about her adventures in Africa was a four-star hit at the Edinburgh Festival with a sold-out London run at the Soho Theatre, going on to play in New York, Sydney and Latitude, receiving rave reviews and Pick of the Week in the Guardian. Bussmann’s Holiday was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Awards and won Best Comedy at Perrier rivals the Tap Water Awards.
“One of the most passionate, smart, hilarious hours on the Fringe, packed with so many absurd one-liners that it’s impossible to stop laughing, even as your brain buzzes with fury at the story she relates.”Four stars – the Guardian
The show tells the unlikely story of how Bussmann grew so fed up with interviewing celebrities in Hollywood that she went to Uganda to investigate someone she Googled as ‘the most evil man in the world’, Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, wanted on charges of rape, murder and the kidnapping of ‘somewhere between’ 20-64,000 children. This is a lie.
Jane went to Uganda to impress John Prendergast, a very attractive American peace activist. When she arrived, for reasons too irritating to go into here, Jane was forced to actually investigate Kony. The resulting show shone new light on an appalling war crime. Bussmann’s Holiday became the book The Worst Date Ever or How it Took a Comedy Writer to Expose Africa’s Secret War.

‘I found myself convulsed with sinus clearing snorts of astonished laughter… hilarious and heart-wrenching.’ Michela Wrong, the Spectator.

‘The funniest thing we’ve ever read.’ InStyle.

‘Bristling with black humor, Bussmann’s dispatches from the country relate a damning tale of self-serving politicians, an incompetent military and ineffective aid agencies. A book that would do a veteran war correspondent proud.’ Hot Press Ireland, top non-fiction choices for 2009.

‘Heat magazine meets South Park goes to Uganda… dark but also light, ribald, entirely inappropriately f*cking hilarious and absolutely gut-wrenching. Best, most sneakily subversive medium for a hectically important message I’ve seen. Must-read.’  Lauren Beukes, BOOK South Africa

"Amnesty International shortlist - The funniest show you'll ever see about Africa, Hollywood and War Crime"

About Jane
Jane Bussmann is a London-born comedy writer who has written for over fifty shows in Britain and America including South Park, the Emmy-winning Smack The Pony and The Fast Show. She also worked as a newspaper columnist for the Mail on Sunday and appeared on the BBC World Service among others. She has written for The Huffington Post, the Sunday Times, Harpers, the Independent, GQ, Esquire, Glamour and InStyle.

Jane’s appearance at the Storymoja Hay Festival is sponsored by Text Book Centre.


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