Ncube in 'Africa laughs' showcase

HARARE - Funnyman Carl Joshua Ncube will tomorrow perform at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Uganda at a show titled “Africa laughs” organised by Salvado, a Ugandan comic.

Carl who has become a force to reckon with in the comic circles is no stranger to continental performances.

He expressed gratitude and said he has created strong bonds with the people.

“I am happy that I get selected to go for these gigs and have become great friends with the performers I have met.

“So I do get lots of referrals as they usually say ‘Try the Zimbabwean he’s pretty funny’. It has helped making sure my online profiles are updated and am constantly uploading videos and links to articles and reviews about myself — if you google Zimbabwean Stand-Up Comedians you will see what I mean,” he said.

He will be performing with the likes of Salvado, Alex Muhangi (Uganda), Basket Mouth (Nigeria), Sams Kaggwa Malokweza (Uganda) and Anne Kansiime (Uganda).
Anne is the only female comedian to perform at the show and her video clips have gone viral on the Internet.

“Comedy has always had more males in it for some strange reason, but that is not to say there are many female stand-up comedians.

“In Uganda alone I have met so many female comics that are amazing, same as in Kenya, Nigeria and even South Africa.

“For this show in Kampala on Friday I get to see and meet for the first the female comedian on the bill whose name is Kansiime.

“This show is an invitational by a good friend of mine and great comedian Salvado. It is a mash up of the top comedians on the continent Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda. The comedians are normally picked according to what kind of material they do, if it fits with the crowd that Salvado is marketing to in Uganda.

“He would know from watching all of us perform what might work in Kampala and what may not work.

“It is the same as how I am selecting comedians to participate in my comedy festival later in Harare and the comedians are picked according to what I feel the Zimbabwean crowd would really respond to well,” he said.

Carl said he uses the social media to the best of his abilities and it has helped me a lot.

“A lot of artists have not seen the importance of the Internet and social media and focus more on attracting the local markets, whereas my time has been spent on trying to make sure I appeal to not just Zimbabweans but all the other countries as well.”


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