Zim comedian keeps America in stitches

HARARE - Mbare-born Alfred “the Alleycat” Kainga has made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian in the United States of America where he has been based for the past 14 years.

The former Prince Edward student, who relishes “making people laugh in Dallas, Texas”, has flourished remarkably since beginning his comic career in 2006.

His burgeoning talent has presented him the opportunity to work with top American comedians.

“I have been very fortunate to work with some incredible names in comedy,” Kainga told the Daily News on Sunday from his base in Texas.

“Just recently I had the honour of working with James Hannah before his sudden passing. He was a national headliner and also a writer to many comedy sitcoms such as The Steve Harvey Show and The Hughleys.”

The Zimbabwean comedian has also worked with Mark Curry from Hanging with Mr Cooper and Rudy Rush, long-time host of Showtime at the Apollo.

Kainga has managed to attract a reasonably big following despite fierce competition from many internationally acclaimed artistes.

“What I love about my stand-up comedy is that it has no boundaries. I do it where people from all walks of life, and all races can come together and laugh about our differences as a human race and just have a good time. It has to be funny; if you are funny people will come to your shows.”

The Alleycat traces his competitive character to his childhood in Harare’s oldest suburb.

“I was born in Mbare and raised by my mother with the help of my maternal grandparents. My mother later moved us to Cranborne when I was 14 years old.

“Even though my mother was doing it alone, she worked really hard to provide for us and we never lacked for anything.”

Though the United States of America has been his home for the past 14 years, he has not forgotten about his Prince Edward roots.

“My Prince Edward (PE) School days were epic to say the least. I love that school because it moulded many who came through there and helped us discover who we were and what we wanted to do as young men,” he said.

“I also played soccer with guys like Tostao Kwashi and Quincy Antipas who went on to be professional soccer stars. I knew that wasn’t going to be me.

“They were too good at it. But entertaining people was a passion of mine, and it didn’t matter if I was doing it through a song, war cry or telling a joke; I knew I was going to be an entertainer.”

Kainga has also managed to keep in touch with several stand-up comedians that have emerged in Zimbabwe since he moved to the US.

“Through social media I am able to see how these guys are really working hard to uplift the art and to show that Zimbabweans are funny and can compete on an international level,” he said.

“I am in constant touch with Carl Joshua Ncube, Doc Vikela, Q Siziba and Simba the Comic King. Every one of these guys is working hard in the game and it shows with the kind of shows they are getting.

“It is all about giving a better performance every time you get on stage.”

Comments (3)

Alfred I'm so proud of you my brother, you've just brought tears to my eyes, just by being you and believing in yourself you've come this far and Im sure you've helped others so much, Let God guide and lead you always

Tsitsi Patsika - 2 April 2014

Hilarious thats what u are Chimwe Changu. U left that kuti wakaenda ku Sendinyoka before coming to P.E., lol.Well done wangu.

jonaldo - 4 April 2014

Proud of you bro. Keep the flag flying for PE, Zim and all of us who follow you.

NOEL - 5 April 2014

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