Zim, SA comedians forge links

HARARE - Comedian Carl Joshua Ncube has initiated a comedy exchange programme that will enable Zimbabwean jesters to collaborate with their South African counterparts.

The partnership between Zimbabwean comedians and their colleagues across the Limpopo was kick-started last year in November when top South Africa stand-up comedians Donovan David Goliath and Jason Goliath, who interestingly are unrelated, performed in Harare.

As part of this continuing collaboration, Ncube will lead a group of Zimbabwean comedians to South Africa in March that will include Michael Kudakwashe and Q The Boss.

Ncube, who is the most active comedian on the local scene, is excited by the budding partnership with the popular South Africans.

“They (South African comedians) were really impressed when they came to Harare last year,” said Ncube.

“We will feature in South African comedy nights to provide cross pollination or exchange programmes. I will be taking Zimbabwean comedians that show potential to South Africa and also bring some South African comedians to Harare to help teach and grow our guys locally.”

During the South African tour Ncube, Michael K and Q The Boss will perform in a special show dedicated to Zimbabwe.

“They are doing a special Zim Comedy night in Johannesburg on March 16 which is a big deal because we have never had 3 Zimbabweans on the same comedy line-up in South Africa,” said the hilarious Ncube.

Before the South African tour, Ncube will embark on the After Savannah Dark Comedy tour next month that will take him to 12 bars in the capital city.

“I want to find new venues for comedy clubs so I am doing some short exhibition shows at clubs with the potential to host comedy nights.

“I will do the same thing throughout Zimbabwe later in the year. We are going to the people instead of asking the people to come to us,” said the award-winning comedian.

Ncube is keen to put increased spotlight on Zimbabwean comedy.

“I am launching two new comedy nights to add to the Londoner’s Comedy Corner. This will allow more comedians to consider comedy as a profession as we are standardising performance fees just like we did with the Londoners gig. This can assist comedians like me to live off shows directly.”

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