Com­edy troupe brings house down

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

SOUTH Africa’s Pre­mium Com­edy troupe drew howls of laugh­ter from the au­di­ence dur­ing their show in Le­sotho held at Vic­tory Cen­tre in Moshoeshoe II last Fri­day.

The show was part of the troupe’s Soweto Com­edy Fes­ti­val South­ern African Tour, which was or­gan­ised by Pre­mium Com­edy founder and stand-up co­me­dian Ked­i­bone Mu­laudzi. The tour was launched in March this year, and Le­sotho is the sec­ond coun­try the troupe per­formed in af­ter Botswana.

The comics who cracked rev­ellers’ ribs were Mu­laudzi, Chris Ma­pane, Thenyiwe Mose­ley, Tumi and Botswana’s Bam­bino while Le­sotho was ably rep­re­sented by Bofihla “Li­lapha­lapha” Neko. The com­edy re­volved around ev­ery­day life ex­pe­ri­ences such as pol­i­tics, the econ­omy, grow­ing up and re­la­tion­ships among themes.

Mu­laudzi told Xpress Peo­ple on the side­lines of the event they were very pleased with the au­di­ence’s re­cep­tion dur­ing Pre­mium Com­edy’s first show in Le­sotho.

“It was cold to­day, but the en­ergy from the crowd was elec­tric. Even though this was our first show, we al­most filled the hall to its ca­pac­ity.

"We in­tend to come to Le­sotho as of­ten as we can,” he said.

“We see Africa as a con­ti­nent with­out bor­ders, hence we brought along Bam­bino from Botswana so that we could have a team of African co­me­di­ans.

We will be fea­tur­ing Li­lapha­lapha in our up­com­ing shows start­ing with the Soweto Com­edy Show pen­ciled for 7 to 8 July.”

Bam­bino said the Soweto Com­edy Fes­ti­val South­ern African Tour was his long sought op­por­tu­nity to per­form out­side his home coun­try.

“I have al­ways dreamt of per­form­ing out­side Botswana and com­ing to Le­sotho is a great hon­our since we speak the same lan­guage and our cul­tures are more or less the same. I have made it my mis­sion to come back here,” he said.

Part of the au­di­ence who en­joyed the com­edy show.

Stand-up co­me­dian Li­lapha­lapha.

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