Ncube introduces comedy nights

HARARE - Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube has introduced monthly comedy nights which seek to identify young talented comedians.

The first talent search shows will take place on May 29 at Londoners Night Club.

Ncube told the Daily News yesterday of his intention to elevate comedy in Zimbabwe.

“I have been planning for a while to introduce a comedy night and am finally happy that on May 29 we will be building the first ever comedy night where top and new comedians will feature,” said the award-winning comedian.

“Harare has shown a great appetite for stand-up comedy as evidenced by sold-out shows we have been holding in the capital”.

The National Arts Merit Award (Nama) winner hopes to invite top comedians from the region to his monthly comedy nights.

“ I hope to bring in some South African, Ugandan, Malawian comedians to come in to make appearances to perform with up and coming Zimbabwean comedians something I think will give a boost to an industry already showing amazing growth,” he said.

“The event is called Carl’s Comedy Corner at Londoners and will be held monthly between 7 to 9pm. This is dead space in the entertainment section in Harare because patrons hardly have anything entertaining before they go and do their regular clubbing.”

Ncube borrowed the comedy Night concept from the Gotham Comedy Club in New York where he performed last year.

“Firstly, we are using the normal set-up of a standard comedy night like in New York where the show has a host, an established comedian, an open mic (new act) then a headline act which could be local or international,” said the trained graphic designer.

“I will host most of the first nights and we are looking at the current crop of hot comics in Zimbabwe such as Cde Fatso, Charles Manase, Q the Boss and Clive Chigubu. We will use anyone of these hot shots for each month and bring in some of my friends from South Africa, Uganda or Malawi and even USA to either perform or headline,” he said.

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