Comedian and Radio host Angel Campey talks about being the only female-lead Drive Time radio host in Cape Town

Comedian, radio host and screenwriter Angel Campey talks about her latest radio gig in Mother City, Cape Town and being the only female-lead Drive Time radio host in the city. After co-hosting the afternoon drive on Smile FM with Radio legend Maurice Carpede, the station decided to give her the chance to be the driver of the afternoon show with a new team, handpicked by Campey along with the station. NoJokesComedy caught up with Campey to get the latest scoop about interesting developments in her life and what’s in store for her comedy career.  

Enjoy the Question and Answer below:]

How does it feel about hosting your own radio show? 

Honestly it feels mostly overwhelming at this stage, and first things first – I have to shout out to the legend of radio Maurice Carpede. He took me under his wing when I first joined a commercial Drive show and really was the best mentor (with the easiest and loudest laugh) that gave me all the confidence to grow into the JoyRide. I will miss him but wish him well with his acting career and can’t wait to hear him give me a shout out in his first Oscar’s acceptance speech! haha! 

What does it mean to your career? 

It means so much to me, also being the only female-lead Drive Time radio show in Cape Town, I hope it shows other younger women that we are able to shine in previously ‘male’ spaces. That’s of course true with Stand-up comedy too, and I’m seeing so many amazing new women comedians on the open mic circuit. As a stand up – I’m hoping this new platform will lead the public to support live comedy more, and to go out and buy tickets when I mention shows.

What value will your new radio show add to South African comedy? 

One of the most popular segments on the Joyride is ‘Angel’s Angels’ which is a pun on Charlie’s Angels – and it’s 4 female comedians talking podcast style about EVERYTHING, from pap-smears to zombie apocalypses – it’s daily at 17:10 and we are also busy working on LIVE Angel’s Angels nights, which would bring the idea of live stand up to the listeners. 

I have already been showcasing local comedians every Friday, we have a comedian ‘co-host’ in studio to talk about the crazy world together, I invite the famous names people know and love, but I also invite the hot new names and open micers who are causing a stir. It’s important the listeners learn how diverse and multi-faceted the SA comedy talent is.

What can we expect from your radio show? 

Well the name says it all: Joyride. I really enjoy the ‘friendship’ of the listeners and it’s basically a bunch of homies hanging out together making the drive home more fun. I’ll bring you quirky stories to make you have the most interesting thing to share at your next braai and of course Lots of the music you know and love. I defy you not to sing along. 

Is there anything you want people to know about your new show? It’s weekdays on Smile 90.4fm 4-7pm if you’re not in Cape Town you can stream it from anywhere in the world on – and yeah – it’s a Joyride. 

What can we expect from your comedy career, any comedy tour? 

I am working on my new hour ‘Fallen’ and when the dust settles from this radio whirlwind I will start to pop up with some runs of that – but in the mean time look out for the “Angel’s Angels with Smile FM live comedy nights”, it will be featuring myself, Mel Jones, Kate Pinchuck and Tumi Mkha’ . With some surprise pop up acts, no doubt. 

By Rethabile Mohlala

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