'No one is safe'

HARARE - Just like wine, Victor Mpofu aka Doc Vikela is getting better each day, and he has also become fearless with the introduction of the dreaded political jokes.

Doc Vikela shined on Saturday night at the Annie Kansiime show that took place at 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale, Harare as he shared the stage with Carl Joshua Ncube and Kansiime.

He had coined a new set of jokes to add on to the ones he had been doing in the past few months.

When he took to the stage people were waiting for him to pass on time, while Kansiime prepared but he quickly changed their minds when he started telling his hard-hitting political and social jokes that left everyone in stitches.

Some of his old jokes were modified, catching up with the times. He even incorporated Henrietta Rushwaya and Jah Prayzah’s alleged affair, without holding anything back.

Many comedians currently do not have the guts to tackle politics and he highlighted this in an interview with the Daily News a few months ago.

“I started telling political jokes in 2011 but I stopped after I found that people were not too comfortable with them. I later resumed in 2013 and I have been saying all kinds of jokes since then,” he said.

During his performance he went on to tackle the Zanu PF fights that became brutal in 2014 when Joice Mujuru was kicked out of the party.

He did not stop there, the comedian went on to joke about how police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri fainted in May 2014 during a pass out parade, adding that he took the term “pass out” literary.

This fearlessness is rare among Zimbabwean artistes who try by all means not to step onto the state’s toes.

Doc Vikela is going the Trevor Noah route whereby no one is safe, or as the late American Fashion Police host and comedienne Joan Rivers said, “No one is safe from me, not even myself!” He even makes fun of himself and how dark he is.

His act did not go unnoticed by Kansiime who said she was impressed by his act.

“I did not know about this madness, I did not know about Doc. He is really good and I foresee comedy here doing a lot of great things that people are going to stop writing about politics and write about politics. I only knew about Carl when he came to Uganda at some point and you know how it is when a foreign act come, it is a big deal,” she said.

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