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Claudine Ullman

Claudine Ullman









Who Is Claudine Ullman

Claudine is an actress, improviser, stand-up comedian, public speaker, facilitator, and the founder and managing director of the Jittery Citizens. Having completed her Bachelor’s of Arts at Wits University, Claudine Ullman travelled widely, refining her craft at some of the top international performance schools. She has received specialist improvisation training at renowned American schools such as The Second City, Improv Olympics (US) and the Magnet Theatre, where she trained under Improv guru Armando Diaz.

She is an established theatre creator and performer, having toured with her one-woman show Curled Up in 2011, as well as having recently completed a successful run at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in Wretched.


Returning to South Africa in 2012, she formed the Jittery Citizens Improvised Comedy Troupe, performing alongside South Africa’s top theatre / comedic talent such as James Cairns, Loyiso Gola, David Kibuuka, Tumi Morake, Kagiso Lediga and Mpho Osei-Tutu. Claudine is committed to putting South Africa on the international Improv Comedy scene. The Jittery Citizens are now considered to be Johannesburg’s premiere Improvisation troupe and have performed to packed houses in various venues across South Africa.

Claudine decided to lose her stand up comedy virginity and began performing in various venues across South Africa In 2015, including Goliath Comedy Club, National Arts Festival and the first ever Clarens Comedy Festival. She promoted and hosted the Jittery Citizens Stand Up Comedy Nights at the Union Bar, Starbucks and Good Luck Bar Johannesburg, which has featured some of the South Africa’s top comedians. Claudine was also invited to perform at the prestigious Cape Town Comedy Club for a special woman’s day performance.

In 2017 Claudine was voted M&G's Top 200 Young South Africans. She is the founder of Jittery Citizens Comedy. and then in 2019 she had toured internationally with her one woman show: Artificially Infeminated. Claudine is a SAFTA nominated writer: Bantu Hour (SABC2). Claudine plays the minister of finance in Netflix's Queen Sono.

Claudine recently qualified for the Mrs South Africa semi-finals in 2023.


2015 - Current

2012 - Current

Comedian / MC / Host

Founder and Managing Director of Jittery Citizens

Accolades and Achievements

2017 Voted Top 200 Young South Africans


“Thank you for helping me let go of my fears and embrace confidence. It was truly an unforgettable experience." 

- Siya Dlamini, Wunderman Thompson SA -

"I truly enjoyed the session, learning to "let go" is sometimes difficult, however, comedy training has taught me to stop caring about other people's opinions of me." 

- Adriaan Adriaanzen,  Standard Bank -

"I’m a huge introvert and had a real problem with social anxiety all the way into my middle 20s. I was lucky enough to study improv back in Chicago and even got to perform on stage a bit. Trust me when I say Jittery Citizens improv training helps hugely when it comes to presenting to people and helping make your presentations way more fun. Improv helps us slough off our fears and embrace our inner sense of play. as creatives, our ability to play is one of our most cherished skills. Believe me, if you stick with Jittery improv, you’ll not only find you can do things you never thought you were capable of, you’ll have a ton of fun as well."

- Justin Oswald, King James -

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