FOLLOWING a successful two- year career during which he has shared the stage with various comedians, Simbarashe Kakora, better known as Simba the Comic King, will stage his debut show in South Africa.
The comedian is billed to perform on Every African Comedian’s Dream Stage at Parkers Comedy in Johannesburg on November 8.
The show will see the comedian taking his fans through various topical issues in a light and comical way.
In an interview, the Comic King said it had taken him years to work on his act.
“In the past two years of performing stand-up comedy, I have enjoyed a steady rise. So I believe this is the time to go across borders. I feel I am now prepared for it,” he said.
Simba, who is the co-founder of Zimbabwe’s most popular comedy night, Simuka Comedy, promised his fans an explosive show.
“All I can say is it’s going to be very entertaining and shocking at the same time, to say the least,” he said.
He attributed the rise and success of the industry to fellow comedians, including Carl Joshua Ncube, who was in the United States on a research programme last year.
“I attribute the rise of stand-up comedy to new comics like Carl Joshua Ncube who took a more businesslike approach to the art form. Most of the new age comedians consider marketing to be an essential part of comedy.”
He added that social media was playing a huge role in pushing local stand-up comedy.
“Social media has helped comedy to reach out to a mass audience. With platforms like twitter or Facebook, I can post jokes and have people know about me even if they’ve never attended a single show.”
Kakora began his career in comedy at the popular Bocapa Open Mic at Book Café, Harare.
Since then, he has performed at various platforms such as the Acoustic Night, Zimbabwe Comedy Festival, Intwasa and Protest Arts International Festival, among others.