John Vlismas
``A thinking comic with an eye toward the philosophical” ~ The Star
“Vlismas is brave, honest, cripplingly funny, admirably intelligent and utterly relentless.” ~
Daily Maverick
``Deeply dark and highly intelligent humour, with science and medicine wrapped into observations.” ~ Business Day
“A sobering and thought provoking challenge to unlearn and rethink how we interact with the world...`` ~ Absa, Engineering Services - People Team
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A thinking comic with an eye toward the philosophical (The Star)
I’m an almost dangerously curious human. I think I add value by synthesising. I bring together ideas that haven’t traditionally been linked. Sometimes the result is brilliant and sometimes it is a spectacular failure. Either way, I learn.

For decades, my language was comedy. I’ve stepped back and reflected deeply on my drivers. To do this I used the Ikigai, a tool that my friend and colleague, Dr Puleng Makhoalibe showed me. It’s a Japanese model that allows for meditation on your reason for living. Google it.

I want humans to be better. I’ve begun this mission by disrupting my own toxic patterns when I am able to see them.

I hope I can encourage others to do the same. I’d like to remain curious and young at mind until my last lucid moment.

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