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Valentine’s Day brings out the se­ri­ous side of Ce­leste Ntuli (pic­tured), widely known as the queen of Zulu com­edy.

She is fa­mous for her lat­est one-woman show, Black Tax, which will con­tinue tour­ing the coun­try this year.

City Press caught up with the stand-up come­di­enne be­cause she has been cho­sen – along with 24 other com­edy stars, in­clud­ing Loy­iso Gola, Joey Ras­dien, Barry Hil­ton, David Kau and Suzelle DIY – to fea­ture in a cam­paign on Com­edy Cen­tral to high­light the power and hi­lar­ity of South African com­edy.

But be­cause Valentine’s Day is com­ing up, we chat­ted to Ntuli about love, her gags about yel­low bones, and why they are of­ten seen as more de­sir­able than dark­skinned dates. She didn’t mince her words.

“Yel­low bones are de­sir­able be­cause most black men still suf­fer from men­tal slav­ery and self-hate. Com­plex­ion doesn’t equal beauty or bet­ter...”

She didn’t stop there.

“There are ugly white and mixed-race woman. It’s all about the ad­verts and the video­girl men­tal­ity. A dark-skinned woman is hardly cel­e­brated for the black di­a­mond she is,” says Ntuli.

We all know that the dat­ing pool can be a treach­er­ous place. Ntuli sug­gests get­ting to know your lover – well. She places an em­pha­sis on be­ing aware of your part­ner’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion be­fore div­ing in head first. We’re all faced with the chal­lenge of lov­ing one per­son or lov­ing more than one. “Polygamy is chaos. Monogamy is sim­ple,” she says. “Be­ing cheated on is a hor­ri­ble thing.” Asked about their #MakeLifeFun­nier cam­paign, Com­edy Cen­tral Africa se­nior di­rec­tor Dil­lon Khan says: “We have a suc­cess­ful her­itage in cham­pi­oning tal­ent and this year we’ll be making them front-of­mind daily and en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to see them when­ever and wher­ever they per­form.” Asked about the ti­tle of her show, Ntuli says: “I am a black woman who grew up in ru­ral ar­eas in a mid­dle class fam­ily, so Black Tax is what we ex­pe­ri­ence. “We pay all the time.”

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