HARARE - Zambezi News co-creators Comrade Fatso and Outspoken will address the Ted Conference in Belgium on March 25 alongside other respected thinkers from all over the world.
The annual event brings together “the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes.” Previous Ted speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Comrade Fatso, who was born Samm Monro, told the Daily News that the invitation from Ted — a nonprofit organisation dedicated to sharing significant ideas — was yet another endorsement of the satirical production Zambezi News.
The satirical comedy show, which aired on the DStv channel Zambezi Magic, features comical news presenters who delve into everyday issues ranging from politics to sport.
“I am just impressed that Zimbabwean comedy has been
included in a line-up that includes Andre Fuzfa, who is attempting to manipulate gravity, and IIiana Vargas, who was named in Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in Science. We are going there to talk about the science of African satire,” said Comrade Fatso.
Tongai “Outspoken” Makawa added that satirical production is designed to inspire a critical analysis of events.
“I see Zambezi News as a production that should critically push and question boundaries as well as inspire individuals to engage with issues affecting us on daily basis and not to mention adding a dash of madness to this already crazy world we live in,” he said.
The Zambezi News show production has just wrapped up the shooting of season 4 and has just begun scripting for their fifth season that is slated to be shot later in the year.
Apart from Comrade Fatso and Outspoken, the Zambezi News cast also includes the hilarious Michael K.
The satirical comedy has been invited to many arts festivals that include Bush Fire Festival Swaziland.
Two years ago, they featured on Late Night News with Loyiso Gola in South Africa in addition to touring Hollywood.