SA com­edy tour to tickle Maseru

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE Soweto Com­edy Fes­ti­val South­ern African Tour is set to rock Maseru on 3 June 2016, with the or­gan­is­ers promis­ing a side-split­ting fi­esta at Vic­tory Restau­rant in Moshoeshoe II.

The tour is be­ing or­gan­ised by the Pre­mium Com­edy com­pany, which was founded by stand-up co­me­dian Ked­i­bone Mu­laudzi. Since its es­tab­lish­ment nine years ago, the Soweto-based Pre­mium Com­edy helped un­earth and nur­ture many com­edy greats such as Eu­gene Khoza, Trevor Noah, Tumi Mo­rake, Tall Ass Mo, Trevor Gumbi and Jay Boo­gie among oth­ers.

Mu­laudzi told the Week­ender from his Johannesburg base this week they were look­ing for­ward to tick­ling Ba­sotho’s funny bones.

Among the comics lined up to per­form at the show in­clude Chris Ma­pane, Thapelo Kingflat, Thenyiwe Mose­ley, Phillip Dikotla and Ked­i­bone Mu­laudzi while Le­sotho would be rep­re­sented by Bofihla “Li­lapha­lapha” Neko.

“It will be our first time in Le­sotho, and we are more than ex­cited for this op­por­tu­nity to share with Ba­sotho our great sto­ries,” he said.

“We are also look­ing for­ward to see Li­lapha­lapha per­form as we have heard many great things about him. So, we are look­ing for­ward to an ex­hil­a­rat­ing show.”

Mu­laudzi said the show was part of a re­gional tour which be­gan in Soweto ear­lier this year.

“Af­ter launch­ing our tour in Soweto some­time in March, we per­formed in Botswana the fol­low­ing month, and Le­sotho is the sec­ond coun­try we are vis­it­ing out­side South Africa. From Le­sotho we will head to­wards Swazi­land then Zam­bia and Malawi.”

He also said their com­edy re­volved around ev­ery­day life ex­pe­ri­ences such as pol­i­tics, the econ­omy, grow­ing up and re­la­tion­ships among themes.

Mean­while, Li­lapha­lapha told the Week­ender this week he aimed to give a com­mand­ing per­for­mance since the troupe would be com­ing to his “turf”.

“While the show is not a com­pe­ti­tion, I will not let them steal the show on my turf. I am go­ing to give it my all and show them that Le­sotho has a lot to of­fer as far as com­edy is con­cerned,” he said.

“This will be the first time I will be shar­ing the stage with comics from Pre­mium Com­edy, but I know they are good at what they do. One thing I will cer­tainly not be is in­tim­i­dated.”

Li­lapha­lapha also ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the or­gan­is­ers for in­clud­ing him in the line-up.

“I thank the or­gan­is­ers for in­clud­ing me be­cause it means they be­lieve I have what it takes to per­form on the same stage as the Pre­mium Com­edy crew. I will not dis­ap­point them,” he said.

Stand-up co­me­dian Li­lapha­lapha.

Stand-up co­me­dian Ked­i­bone Mu­laudzi.

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