Joey Rasdien is the epitome of South African comedy today.
His endearing stage persona is intellectually absurd, physically hysterical and visually beside himself.
This belies his other profession… high-level fund management and financial advising.
He has become the face of the new generation …
Having appeared in many television ads, including Cell C, KFC, The ICC Cricket World Cup Campaign and toured with the South African Cricket Team as one of the faces of South African Cricket.
Joey Rasdien was on the 5fm's Beach tour in December 2002.
He also performed at the two-week international HA-HA comedy festival held at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban.
Joey Rasdien was the MC on the opening night at the 2002 Oppie Koppie Pre-Show in Pretoria and headline act at the 2004 festival held in Northam.
This versatile performer was also a regular on the Club Comedy circuit, where he’s performed to sell out audiences at including Cool Runnings in Melville and The Blues Room in Sandton's Vllliage Walk, Carnival City, Morula Sun and Dachs in Pretoria.
He headlined the most recent Blacks only Comedy to a sell out crowd of 4000 people
He has become a regular performer at the popular Heavyweight Comedy Jams
He is a regular headliner at Nu Breed Comedy and Munt Comedy evenings targeting the growing black comedy market.
His biggest comedy gig thus far was on the Main Arena at the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival held in Cape Town.
On the small screen, his appearances include a performance on "Comedy Showcase", Sketches on "Jerry Springer's Saturday Night", appearances in "The Phat Joe Show”, “Leriekeraai”, “Pap Idols”, “Spek Skieters” and a lead role in a "Quickies" Production. Joey also performed rap in 4 music video recordings for the Department of Health for their AIDS campaign, Khomanani. He also presented the popular live interactive game show, Play TV on SABC 3. More recently Joey has become a scriptwriter and performer on the hit comedy sketch show, The Pure Monate Show, on SABC 1, he was host of his own game show, Go For It, on SABC 2. His latest TV offering is Laugh Out Loud, a prank show screened on M-Net, also to critical acclaim. He was also a writer on the show and he conceptualized some of the most successful hoaxes on the show. Joey is a regular on Kyknet & various SABC 1,2 & 3 shows
As versatile as ever, Joey played second lead in the successful film, “Dollars and White Pipes”, an Anant Singh produced South African feature recently screened on M-Net.
He took the lead role in the John Barker produced short film, “The Last Days of Anna Van Storm”, to critical acclaim.
He is one of the story contributors and actors in the successful feature, Bunny Chow. The film has been nominated at the Toronto Film Festival, AFI festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, to name a few and opened the Sithengi Film Festival in Cape Town.
Joey’s international debut was at the world renowned “Yuk Yuks” and at Planet Africa in Toronto whilst he was attending the Toronto Film Festival.
His experience in the financial industry is an advantage when relating to a corporate audience which makes him a sought after facilitator / entertainer at conferences.
He can currently be seen on the Big Screen in the Paul Slabolepsky’s production, Running Riot. Joey won Best Actor Award at the Nante Film Festival in France in December 2007
His corporate clients include SA Post, SAB Miller, Coca Cola, ABI, RCI, MTN, MNET, Spoornet, FNB, ABSA, Standard Bank, Nedbank, The Gordon Institute of Business, Pfizer, Life Healthcare, Murray and Roberts and Sasol, amongst many others.
He was also MC at the recent launch for the VW Golf 5.