In the spotlight: Get to know Chantal Jax Venter

Chantal Jax Venter.

Soon to be a household name, Chantal Jax Venter is a former Brakpan resident who is making a name for herself on the comedy scene. The funny woman will be performing in Johannesburg in September, so be sure to catch one of her shows.

How old are you?

The big 30. The age of no give-a-stuffs.

Are you married?

Not with my sense of humour, I’m lucky my partner still sticks around.

Do you have any children or pets?

These questions are making me realise I’m a very lonely person, hahaha.

Unfortunately, I’m allergic to both.

You are a former Brakpan resident, where do you stay now?

I relocated to Cape Town after graduating from my studies in 2008.

Do you have any fond memories of Brakpan?

Of course I do!

My fondest memory is going to the roadhouse as a child for toasted burgers and milkshakes.

How did you discover your passion for comedy?

I took part in a competition and on my debut performance, I placed second out of 26 comedians.

Comedy has been a coping mechanism for me growing up as a “different” child.

The same still applies to being an adult.

How long have you been doing comedy?

I started my comedic career in July 2015 and I haven’t looked back since.

These past three years have been a whirlwind of opportunities and achievements.

Do you have a full-time job?

I used to be a service manager for a copier company; you could imagine the amount of material I was able to write from that job.

Six months ago I decided to take the plunge and now comedy is my career.

What type of comedy do you do?

I would like to think I am versatile with my funnies, but mostly it consists of anecdote comedy (storytelling), witty humour (clever wordplay), observational humour (everyday situations) and the occasional dark humour.

What qualities do other comedians have that you admire?

I think I am mostly in love with the portrayal of the craft.

I love an animated comedian, as well as a strong rhythm supporting a great delivery.

These two elements can make any story a very funny one.

Is there any advice you would give to a person starting out in comedy?

Perform, die, rewrite and get back up.

Where do you hope to go from here and what are your plans for the future?

I am in the progress of writing my first one-woman show, which I am hoping to drop in 2019.

I am hoping to get myself into more radio-related avenues as it has always been a passion of mine as a musician as well.

What’s a great book you’ve read recently?

Does the YOU magazine count?

Do you have any hobbies or special interests?

I studied music and photography so I am in love with anything related.

Both can be perceived in different ways, but rarely cause conflict between people.

What do you feel you have bragging rights to?

The only person I am trying to impress is myself, I have many accolades and I know how hard I had to work to achieve them.

The only thing I want to brag about is knowing I left a crowd in stitches at my show. #Funnyfirst

Who would play you in the film of your life? Why?

Melissa McCarthy.

I believe she would do an amazing job of portraying my zero-chill attitude.

Also, I look up to Melissa and use her as an influence often.

• What makes you laugh?

Honestly what makes me really laugh out loud are fail videos.

Where can people get hold of you?

Follow me on social media:

Facebook: Chantal Jax Justice

Twitter: @jaxxjustice

Instagram: @jaxxjustice

* Be sure to tune into the Roger Goode Show on 5FM on September 11 for an interview with Chantal.

Chantal Jax Venter.

You can also watch her live at:

• Goliath and Goliath, September 7.

• The Box, September 9.

• Kitcheners, September 11.

• Parkers Comedy Club, September 13.

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