Club scouts for stand-up comedians

Dumisani Hubert MaForty-Ndlovu etched.

SANCTIFIED Comedy Club has joined hands with Loxion Movement in an effort to scout for up-and-coming stand-up comedians through Are You Funny, Open Mic Comedy Show to be held on February 26 at Mzilikazi Youth Centre.

In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Sanctified Comedy Club Scouting and Development director Lindelwe Mgodla said the winner at the free show would walk away US$20 richer.

“The Are You Funny, Open Mic Comedy Show is a platform that seeks to scout for up-and-coming stand-up comedians and also give comedians a platform to try out their new jokes,” she said.

“The competition is for anyone who wants to try out their luck at stand-up comedy, to bring a three-minute set or performance that does not contain vulgar or profane language, with the best walking away US$20 richer.”

Mgodla said the choice of the venue was inspired by the journey of their co-founder Dumisani Hubert “MaForty” Ndlovu, who was born in Mzilikazi and later fell in love with arts, while watching his uncle rehearse with a theatre production TASA in the 90s at the Mzilikazi Youth Centre.

“We thought of going back to Mzilikazi to scout for talent where MaForty grew up. MaForty will not just attend the event, but also host the open mic which will feature comedians that performed at Intwasa comedy night last year,” she said.

“The show will start at 2pm and all COVID-19 protocols will be observed.”

MaForty said he pressured his management to agree to be part of the show.

“This is the place that made me fall in love with arts (Mzilikazi Youth Centre). I have never done my comedy in Mzilikazi, hoping this gives those who have not managed to see me in my element to come and watch,” she said.

“I started my comedy career in my late 20s, now I can be part of bringing young boys and girls early into the industry.”

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