Buck­ets of bless­ings for Sum­mary

The co­me­dian has used his past dif­fi­cul­ties as mo­ti­va­tion for suc­cess

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Atha­bile Mrasi

STAND-UP co­me­dian, Thabo Kgaphola best known as Sum­mary, broke into the com­edy in­dus­try two years ago and now he is col­lect­ing awards ev­ery­where he goes. The break­out star grew up in a shack in Or­ange Farm, south of Johannesburg, and was raised by an un­em­ployed mother and a fa­ther who did odd jobs as a car­pen­ter. Sum­mary says he al­ways made fun of his sit­u­a­tion to avoid feel­ing the pres­sure of not hav­ing proper clothes, shoes and food.

FIND­ING HIS VOICE

His re­silience and love for the spot­light started at an early age while he was still at school. He en­joyed be­ing the class clown and has never stopped mak­ing peo­ple laugh with his witty jokes.

“Be­ing in class was never a prob­lem for me, ex­cept I felt that the teach­ers liked to steal my spot­light,” says the co­me­dian, who is in his mid 20's. When one lives and breathes his ca­reer, it be­comes a tremen­dous suc­cess and Sum­mary is the per­fect ex­am­ple. “I chose stand-up com­edy be­cause that’s who I am. I am a very out­spo­ken per­son and above all, I love see­ing peo­ple happy, laugh­ing and smil­ing. It’s my pur­pose to talk, in­spire and mo­ti­vate. Com­edy is per­sonal for me, and I ex­cel at it more than at any­thing else. I am talk­a­tive and have a lot to say, so I need a mi­cro­phone.”

START­ING IN COM­EDY

One thing that sets stand-up co­me­di­ans apart from each other is the type of ma­te­rial they use and where it comes from. Most peo­ple want to re­late and this is why Sum­mary is loved by many even though he is fairly new to the scene. “My com­edy is based on my daily life ex­pe­ri­ences and I fo­cus on hu­man be­hav­iour and awk­ward things. I had my first stand-up gig around April 2015 then went to do other open spots around Melville in Johannesburg. ” Sum­mary wor­ries when his au­di­ence doesn't laugh at his jokes but says he has found a way of deal­ing with such sit­u­a­tions. “It's so painful but you have to make a plan. Find some­thing to close the gap. If peo­ple don’t laugh it’s ei­ther I make fun of the sit­u­a­tion or get some­thing to re­place that awk­ward mo­ment with,” says Sum­mary. Asked how he got the name, Sum­mary, he says, “There was a tal­ent show at church and peo­ple knew what they wanted to per­form, but I didn't. When it was my turn, I told the au­di­ence I was go­ing to sum­marise ev­ery­thing the other con­tes­tants did.”

COL­LECT­ING AWARDS AND FU­TURE PLANS

Sum­mary couldn’t hold his ex­cite­ment af­ter win­ning his sec­ond award at the DStv MZansi Magic View­ers Choice Awards. He got his first award at the 2016 Sa­vanna Au­di­ence Comics Choice Awards.

“Win­ning is an ex­pe­ri­ence you can’t de­scribe. You can only smile and say 'God you are alive and do an­swer our calls'. Be­ing up against big guns such as Masha­bela and Skhumba was unbelievable. It's clear if God says it's your time, no­body can say no.”

Sum­mary never misses a punch­line and is loved by fans

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