'Konscious' back at Reps Theatre

HARARE - Stand-up comedian Kenny “Konscious” Chivizhe is resuming shows this month at Reps Theatre.

He last performed at Sports Diner International last year in Harare during the open mic sessions.

This month, he has lined up three shows, one on Friday, the other on September 14 and 21.

 “This Friday the audience should look forward to Spilling the Beans, on September 14 we will perform the Ice Age in Hell and lastly on the 21st the Last Man Standing,” said the 35-year-old-humorist.

Chivizhe was inspired by stand-up comedians such as the award-winning Zimbabwe’s luminous stand-up comic Edgar Langeveldt among others.

“During my school days at Fletcher High School, I was one of the founding members of the now defunct Youth Medley Club, a drama group which was founded by Jonah Mungoshi and Gray Chimwaza.

“Langeveldt was also a member of that group and I used to admire him,” said Chivizhe.

Chivizhe commenced his acting career in 1976 while he was still at primary school, in Chikomba District.

“At primary school I still remember taking part in a play called Kusasana Kunoparira adapted from a certain book which I cannot remember who the author was. I was involved in writing and reciting poems. I recalled given a price in primary school when I recited a poem called “Mazuva Azvo ndichadya”, the price was handed to me by the then minister of Education Dzingai Mutumbuka at Senga Primary School in Gweru,” he said.

When he was a member of the Youth Medley Club, the group excelled in drama and music competitions.

“We won the Districts Youth Arts Cultural Festival and got sponsorship from Batanai Supermarkets proprietor Kombora. We then continuously got involved in more dramas and music shows.

“We went on to enter the first Star Brite competition and scooped second price,” he said.

The comedian said he is ripe to take stand-up comedy to another level.

He believes it is now time for him to change the face of the local stand-up comedy.

“I feel strongly that I am now ready to enter The Storm of entertainment in stand-up comedy even if it means I am the Last Man Standing. I have cultured myself within the context of a Zimbabwean social commentator and stage presenter of live comedy without fear or favour, I have no sacred cows, and I never call a spade a big spoon. My comedy content is diverse but I have customised it to reflect as much as possible our diversity as a people of Zimbabwe."

“As a social commentator I wear different caps as I look at different issues that affect our environment.

“I do not make fun of our Head of State or the Prime Minister as a standing policy, though instances of satire sometimes are unavoidable. But ministers and the rest of the pack, I have my rod in hand and a guillotine,” said Chivizhe.

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