Tats Nkonzo

Award winning and Emmy nominated comedian, Tats Nkonzo is regarded by The Star newspaper as, “One of the best things to happen to South African comedy.”

Host of hit reality TV show, SA’s Got Talent and Idols top 12 finalist, Tats manages to fuse comedy and music to exhilarating effect. With his arsenal of humour, intellect and a guitar, Tats Nkonzo jokes, challenges and entertains like very few can.


“… a breath of fresh air.” – Daily Dispatch

“Tremendous charm and talent, along with a natural sense of entertainment.” – Mick Perrin, Mick Perrin Worldwide


With his arsenal of humour, intellect and a guitar, Tats is an unrivalled comedic entertainer; be it on stage or television.


2014 WINNER Montreux International Comedy Contest, Switzerland
2012 WINNER Comics’ Choice Award – Breakthrough Act of the Year
2011 NOMINEE Comics’ Choice Award – Newcomer of the Year nominee


SA’s Got Talent
Tats Nkonzo is the host SA’s Got Talent. The show reaches 2.5 million viewers weekly. Such was his success as a first time presenter; SA’s Got Talent was voted Best Reality TV Show in the 2013 Sunday Times Generation Next Survey.

I Love South Africa
Tats Nkonzo is a star on this successful game show, where celebrities are put through the test about different aspects of South Africa.

Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola
Tats Nkonzo was a writer and performer on the Emmy nominated satirical show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola. He performed the Morale Index, a comedy segment which comments on the country’s morale based on the week’s news.

Based on his on stage material, Tats Nkonzo (along with Nik Rabinowitz) was profiled on CNN’s African Voices, where he was engaged about his use of stand-up comedy as nation building tool.

So You Think You’re Funny
A finalist in the first season of this hit reality show for stand-up comics; Tats Nkonzo left a lasting impression on judges and producers alike. Such was the impact that, even after elimination (Top 8), he was requested to prepare material as a guest performer in the final round of the competition.

With a musical gift that complements his comic performance, Tats Nkonzo gives audiences far more than they expect. As a top 24 finalist in the third instalment of the series, it is clear when Tats Nkonzo enters the stage that he is a multi-faceted entertainer.


Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Established in 1947, it is the largest arts festival in the world and Tats Nkonzo has been invited to perform his new one man comedy show during the month of August 2015. The new show is called, The African With Wi-fi.

Montreux Comedy Festival
In 2014, up against comedians from the United States of America and the United Kingdom, Tats Nkonzo was selected to compete in Switzerland where he took top honours. He won the competition and was subsequently signed to be managed by one of Europe’s biggest comedy producers, Mick Perrin of Mick Perrin Worldwide.

Harare International Festival of the Arts
Tats Nkonzo was approached by festival producers and given a theatre where he performed at the biggest arts festival in Zimbabwe.

Comedy Central Presents
Tats Nkonzo was selected by Comedy Central to host his own show on the channel. The ratings for the programme were so high, he was asked to perform in a “Best of” recording alongside Barry Hilton and Chester Missing (Conrad Koch).

Comedy Ensembles
Tats Nkonzo has featured the major ensemble comedy shows around the country and regularly headlines clubs nationwide.
Shows include: Bafunny Bafunny National Tour. Blacks Only. Comics’ Choice Awards.


Tats Nkonzo was the support act for Nik Rabinowitz in both Nik’s sold out, “You Can’t Be Serious” and “Stand and Deliver” one man shows. He also opened for Loyiso Gola at the Teatro at Monte Casino for Loyiso’s one man show, Life and Times. It was a killer exhibition of his ability to hold and entertain packed out theatre audiences.


Tats Nkonzo has featured in prime time radio slots where he performed live comedy on air:
05:00 – 08:00 on 5FM with DJ Fresh every Friday morning
15:00 – 18:00 on Kaya FM with Mo-G every Friday afternoon
08:30 – 09:00 on East Coast Radio every Friday with Makhosi Khoza


Tats Nkonzo is a sought after comedian in the South African corporate space. His list of clients includes: Standard Bank, Delloite, Vodacom, SASSA, African Sales Company, Isaca, Alstom, Cerebra and Thackwell and Whittaker.