ONE of the country’s top stand-up comedians Carl Joshua Ncubewill on February 1 and 2 perform at Stand Up Africa, the premium comedy show that brings together Africa’s finest comedians in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Report by Tinashe Sibanda
Fresh from a successful and sold-out first instalment in 2011, Stand Up Africa this year returns for two nights only at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City.
Uniting Africa in voice, expression and laughter, this uniquely African concept seeks to build on the incredible momentum generated by the first show in 2011 and coincides with the biggest continental sporting showcase this year.
“The show will not have a host this year, it will have a “Foreign Correspondent” in David Kibuuka, the hilarious correspondent on Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, and will see the biggest names that African comedy has to offer in the following; Daliso Chaponda from Malawi, Salvado from Uganda, Nigerian superstar Basketmouth, Eric Omondi from Kenya, South Africa’s Kagiso Lediga fresh from touring with his debut one-man comedy show In A Suit in 2012 as well as Ncube,” reads a statement from the publicity team, Total Exposure.
Stand Up Africa has not only become one of the most important comedy brands to emerge on the continent, but is already one of the biggest and has proven to be such a unifying success that requests has been received to take the show to Zimbabwe, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.
The shows come courtesy of Podium, the Comedy Merchants & Dream Team SA in association with Dstv.
About the Performers:
David Kibuuka is the most successful comedian to have come out of Kampala via Krugersdorp and Fourways.
This Honours in Finance graduate first hit the comedy scene as part of the iconic Sketch Tv series the Pure Monate Show.
He has numerous television credits against his name including Font & Sons, Going Nowhere Slowly, Jozi Moving the City, amongst others and is now tearing up the small screen as the outrageous correspondent on Etv’s Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola.
Movie credits include lead roles in local movies Bunny Chow and upcoming buddy cop movie Blitz Patrollie. His debut one-man show came in 2011 and it went on to win the prestigious Standard Bank Ovation Awards for Best Comedy show at last years National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
A celebral assassin, he is also regarded as one of the finest comedy writers in South Africa.
Daliso Chaponda hails from Malawi and maintains that he is not related to Madonna’s son David Banda. He began performing in Canada where he did two one-man shows — Feed this Black Man and Don’ Let Them Deport Me.
Alas, they deported him anyway. Nevertheless, he has built a worldwide comedy career and is a regular fixture in comedy clubs in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore and many others. He recently appeared in Live at Parkers (Comedy Central, South Africa) and Live at Jongleurs (Loaded TV, United Kingdom).
His most recent one-man show was called Laughrica’and toured Africa in 2011 and 2012.