Malawian comedian relishes Hifa chance

BULAWAYO - Highly-rated Malawian comedian Daliso Chaponda is delighted by the opportunity to record his one-man show at this year’s Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIfa).

The stand-up comedy show called Daliso Chaponda — Barely Legal will be directed by award-winning Zimbabwean comedian Carl Joshua Ncube.

Chaponda has promised to make the most of the unique opportunity presented by Hifa.

“I am definitely going to do an exciting comedy show during this year’s Hifa,” said the celebrated Malawian jester.

“People should note that this will effectively be the first one-man comedy show to be recorded live in Zimbabwe. The production will be directed by fellow comedian Carl Joshua Ncube.”

Chaponda added that comedy has the capacity to command the same level of popularity as music and theatre if the players involved take a more professional approach.

“Comedy is fairly big in Malawi though a lot still has to be done. One-man comedy shows are sold on channels like Comedy Central and I have been informed that the same situation will apply to Zimbabwe soon.

“I believe Zimbabwean comedians will benefit greatly from this and I am looking forward to learning a lot from them” he said.

Chaponda’s one-man show on May 3 — referred to as Coca-Cola Day — will mark the second time he has participated in one of Africa’s leading festivals. He received rave reviews when he performed at Hifa four years ago.

The Malawian artiste first attracted the attention of comedy lovers while based in Canada in 2005 where he took part in the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

Chaponda then moved to England where he further enhanced his status as a top class funny man in comedy clubs and theatres across the United Kingdom (UK).

Chaponda is also a prolific fiction writer who has published science fiction, murder mysteries and comedies. His radio play When the Laughter Stops, which is about African comedians, was recently allocated a slot on BBC Radio 4.

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