Tats Nkonzo
My jokes, they come with strings attached. Comedian. With a guitar

About the Judge

With a massive arsenal of observational humour, cutting intellect and a guitar, Tats brings a flavour to standup comedy that is unrivalled. And with a musical gift that complements his comic performance, Tats Nkonzo gives audiences far more than they expect.


Real name: Mthawelanga Nkonzo

Age: 29


stand-up comedian, musician and television personality

He was a Top 24 finalist in the third season of the M-Net reality competition, Idols (2005)

He was also a top 8 finalist in the SABC1 reality competition “So You Think You’re Funny!” (2008)

Known for his musical segments on the fourth and fifth season of the Emmy Award nominated, satirical news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola.

And he was the host of SA’s Got Talent 2012 and 2013 and will be the host again this year.


Things you need to know about Tats

He hosted Comedy Central presents Tats Nkonzo Live at Parkers in 2013.

CNN’s African Voices conducted a profile on him where he had an opportunity to speak about South Africa and how stand-up comedy fits in the bigger picture of nation building.

He received the BlackBerry Breakthrough Act Award at the 2nd Annual South African Comics Choice Awards, in 2012.