Com­edy is alive and well, even in Sand­ton

CityPress - - News - PHUMLANI S LANGA phumlani.sithebe@city­press.co.za

South Africa’s comics came out to play at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Fri­day night, per­form­ing in the fifth an­nual Kings and Queens of Com­edy show.

Trevor Gumbi, who hosts the pop­u­lar SABC1 game show, Friends Like These, kicked the night off with a de­cent set. At one point, though, he joked about dat­ing 19-year-old uni­ver­sity stu­dents. Let’s hope he’s a lit­tle be­yond the blesser thing.

Joey Ras­dien was a bril­liant em­cee. Ex­press­ing anger at the over­seas rat­ings agen­cies’ down­grad­ing of the coun­try to “junk” status, he said he just couldn’t wrap his head around the idea of for­eign­ers ar­riv­ing here and telling us we’re junk – to loads of ap­plause.

Tumi Mo­rake, who was look­ing slim and gor­geous, took her time to make sure that ev­ery­one was aware of her new body. Her set was go­ing re­ally well un­til she had a bit of a tumble on stage. But she seam­lessly went on with the gig, ex­plain­ing that she agreed to co-host the break­fast show on Jacaranda FM be­cause “white peo­ple don’t lis­ten to YFM guys”. She was a def­i­nite crowd pleaser.

Then an el­derly In­dian aun­tie in­ter­rupted Ras­dien with an an­nounce­ment to the au­di­ence that she was look­ing for her cheat­ing hus­band. This turned out to be co­me­dian Kri­jay Goven­der. What an entrance! Hers was a very funny, short set with jokes that sounded a lit­tle like pri­mary school disses – re­mem­ber those? It worked, though. Her con­tent was re­fresh­ing and her ap­proach unique.

Mpho Popps came out guns blazing, say­ing: “Things are not go­ing MiWay” – re­fer­ring to the racist email do­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia. He won over the room in­stantly, es­pe­cially since he has ap­peared in a se­ries of the in­surance brand’s com­mer­cials. He pro­ceeded to de­liver the best set of the evening and should have been the head­line act, but that hon­our was re­served for Ndu­miso Lindi who was also out­stand­ing.

The ever-im­pres­sive Khany­isa Bunu tai­lored her jokes to the au­di­ence rather well. Her set is usu­ally de­liv­ered in ver­nac­u­lar, but she flipped some of her jokes for a pre­dom­i­nantly English-speak­ing crowd and they still worked well – ex­cept when she touched on Mshoza. Clearly, Sand­ton folk don’t do kwaito leg­ends.

The event was well sup­ported and rather long, but was still re­lax­ing and en­joy­able. Our co­me­di­ans are get­ting bet­ter with every edi­tion of this show.

TUMI MO­RAKE

MPHO POPPS

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