Comedic trio fundraise through ‘Evening of Chemody’

Aaron McIlroy. PHOTO: Val Adamson

DURBAN audiences are set to enjoy an unique evening of belly laughter at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on Monday, 26 June at 7.30pm as three funny men – John Vlismas, Aaron McIlroy and Jem Atkins – join forces to help contribute towards medical expenses for theatre all-rounder, Themi Venturas at ‘An Evening of Chemody’.John Vlismas and Aaron McIlroy have been making people laugh really hard for decades.

They are old friends and have something else in common. Both of them did extensive work early in their careers with the legendary Themi Venturas, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.


Joining John and Aaron is another superb local comic, Jem Atkins, who is possibly as talented but said to be much better looking than both of them. What better way for Durban to rally and get Themi the treatment he needs than these three lunatics doing the stand-up comedy that has made them household names, and then answering questions from the audience and recounting stories of their most ridiculous experiences on and off stage.

Jem Atkins

Many people have no idea how funny it is when performers share horror stories with each other, and now you have the chance to hear it straight from the source. This will be a night to remember, with hilarious comedy and an intimate, honest and meaningful look behind the curtain at what the show looks like from the other side.

John Vlismas

John, Aaron and Jem will be doing one night only of this completely one-off show in honour of their friend, and all the money they raise will go to his medical costs. “We are not spending any money – it’s all going to the medicine,” said John. “There are no posters, no flyers, no frills. I’m excited to be raising money for drugs that an actual doctor prescribed, it’s a first.”

“That’s true, but we will have jokes,” said Aaron. “And you will get a seat – if you book soon.”

Tickets are R225, and advance booking is possible through Computicket, which has waived all commission costs to support this cause. Contact 086-191-5800 or visit, or buy tickets directly at any Checkers Money Market Counter. There will also be door sales on the night, subject to availability.

For those who would like to support Themi and this fundraising initiative, but are unable to attend the show, visit the following Go Get Funding link and consider a donation.


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