Gilli Apter turns compassion into comedy

About the speaker

Gilli Apter is a Johannesburg born-and-raised comic, comedy writer and director.

Gilli, pronounced with a hard G, has worked as a comedy writer since 2005, on a variety of different platforms. Her work includes Marc Lottering’s sitcom, Loitering in Jozi; SAFTA-winning shows, ZAnews and Those Who Can’t, and most recently, Nik Rabinowitz’s 2016/2017 one-man show, Fortyfied.

(Yes, comedy writing is a thing that can be done in South Africa.)

Gilli has directed countless meaningless corporate videos and a handful of equally meaningless commercials.

In 2015 Gilli started doing stand-up herself - because after enduring success writing TV shows that no one has ever seen, the next logical step was to do stand-up in places no one ever goes to.

The big-picture plan is for the comedy, writing and directing to come together for a threesome that results in a few loveable TV series and feature film lovechildren.

What she would really like ultimately though, is to not have to write any more bios.

Favorite quotes from this talk

No quotes yet. Sign in to tag a quote!

Photos from this talk See all

navigateleft navigateright

    *Crickets* Sign in to add a comment.