COMEDY fans who were keen to watch top comedian Clive Chigubu, who was supposed to headline The Funny Ballot Box Comedy Show organised by Umahlekisa Comedy Club in Bulawayo at the Vista tonight, will have to make do with other performers since he is set for another stage in Botswana.
BY SINDISO DUBE
Chigubu was pencilled for a joint show with National Arts Merit Awards winning Mandla Da The Comedia, Kadeem the comic and Zwexy Mackina tonight in Bulawayo at the Vista.
Umahlekisa Comedy Club director Ntando Van Moyo confirmed the latest development.
“Clive (Chigubu) won’t make it to the show due to a double booking oversight on his part. Apparently, the guys in Botswana changed dates on him at the last minute; we have put up solid replacements as well as more comic entertainers like Mcheznana, Maroosh and some female comics that will be launched on the night,” he said.
“The mix up is in no way caused by Umahlekisa as we are committed to delivering as promised always, which is why we book all our acts way in advance. We apologise to fans and so does Clive Chigubu.”
Chigubu said the situation was out of his control.
“It’s unfortunate that I was booked for a show in Botswana before Umahlekisa had booked me, the Bostwana guys had booked me for July 29, but they made last minute changes to put me on July 27, the same night as the Bulawayo show. I don’t have an option, but to adhere to the show I was booked for earlier; which is in Gaborone,” he said.
He apologised to his fans, but assured them of a show upon his return.
Chigubu will perform in Gaborone at a comedy fiesta dubbed Knockout Festival.
Moyo said the Bulawayo show was meant for comedy lovers so that they laugh their hearts out before the July 30 harmonised elections.
“The show was about having a laugh before the votes. It is a funny view of the manifestos and candidates. We timed it specifically for the elections and it is a period where people are tense and competitive; we want to give them a laugh about the choices they will make as well as possible outcomes. It’s simply an elections joke event,” he said.