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OM­EDY in South Africa has come a long way since aired on SABC1 more than a decade ago.

Thanks to the orig­i­nal kings of com­edy, who starred and wrote for the com­edy skit

Kag­iso Lediga, Loy­iso Gola, David Kau and Joey Ras­dien it has grown into a lucrative ca­reer for many.

Th­ese guys them­selves have ex­panded the in­dus­try by es­tab­lish­ing their own shows, such as Gola’s

which has a steady au­di­ence and has won sev­eral awards.

Ri­aad Moosa left the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion to take up the hi­lar­ity.

Trevor Noah has grown in leaps and bounds from the shy boy he was back in 2007. He has be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful guys to rep­re­sent South Africa on the global stage, having ap­peared on with Jay Leno and taken part in a show.

Ras­dien, whose one-man show leaves you with awk­ward ques­tions about evo­lu­tion, says com­edy is the rea­son he lives com­fort­ably.

I get paid to talk s**t. How awe­some is that?” he once said.

Many of th­ese co­me­di­ans were dis­cov­ered by John Vlis­mas and Ked­i­bone Mu­laudzi and have in turn opened up paths for many oth­ers.

But the es­tab­lished stars are not the only ones mak­ing waves up-and­com­ing co­me­di­ans are as funny and are work­ing hard to make a name for them­selves.

The guys at Cafe Del Khuze, next to the pop­u­lar House 22 in Pre­to­ria, re­mind you of the good old un­der­ground days at Melville s Cool Run­nings in Joburg.

Ev­ery week you get to ex­pe­ri­ence raw tal­ent at this

And un­like com­edy shows that re­peat co­me­di­ans where those in the au­di­ence al­ready know the punch­lines, this one doesn’t.

This weekly event which is free has been run­ning for the past year. It’s fast gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity and will soon be ask­ing pa­trons for an en­trance fee of 50 bucks to feed the funny guys who are hun­gry for fame.

or­gan­iser Peter Mashata Mabuse, a co­me­dian by night and res­i­dence man­ager at the Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy by day, says he is always on the prowl for new tal­ent.

This is a busi­ness and

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/ + " 3 # '& 8& + %. " " " also bread and but­ter for many of th­ese guys who rely on com­edy to make a liv­ing. We go to schools, parks, any­where you can think of, to dis­cover new­bies You can’t learn to be funny. It’s ei­ther you are or you are not.”

He says its im­por­tant for South Africans to laugh at least once a week.

We live in a very stress­ful en­vi­ron­ment, so we en­cour­age peo­ple to come here, buy a bev­er­age and just sit back and for­get their prob­lems. And the jokes we tell here are real jokes, not stolen or old ma­te­rial. It’s con­tent for ma­ture adults not too much swear­ing and it doesn’t in­volve diss­ing peo­ple, cos that’s just not funny,” he says.

Ris­ing star El­ton Mduduzi started on this stage and this year won the au­di­ence choice award at the Comic’s Choice Awards an­other ini­tia­tive by Vlis­mas.

Mabuse says oth­ers to look out for are Collen Sales­man” Chepi and Noko Moswete.

Sales­man is very pop­u­lar and has be­come a headline act here. Noko will be the hottest fe­male in the next few months I am con­fi­dent of this. She does 99% Se­sotho com­edy and is hel­luva funny.

Kau says the evo­lu­tion of the com­edy scene has been es­pe­cially great for black co­me­di­ans, who are us­ing their tal­ent to make a liv­ing.

It’s been good for trans­for­ma­tion. I think some co­me­di­ans still strug­gle with ac­cep­tance in terms of the in­dus­try, es­pe­cially cor­po­rates, which are still very white.

The com­pa­nies that book you and the book­ing agents if they don’t un­der­stand your com­edy in ver­nac­u­lar, it’s hard to make cor­po­rate money and charge cor­po­rate fees.”

A lot of co­me­di­ans try to fit into that and lose a bit of who they are or how funny they are, be­cause nat­u­rally we re fun­nier in our mother tongue. But it’s get­ting bet­ter, a lot of co­me­di­ans are re­al­is­ing there’s noth­ing wrong with be­ing funny in other lan­guages.”

Kau s an­nual show has also in­tro­duced new tal­ent.

He says Skhumba Skhum­buzo Hlophe, Loy­iso Madinga and Thapelo Tips Seemise are comics to watch out for.

If you want to tickle your funny bone fur­ther, Di­lan Oliphant, Carvin H Gold­stone, Simmi Ar­eff, Robby Collins and Mo­jak Le­hoko are also hot new tal­ent to check out. Th­ese boys are the rewrit­ing the rules of com­edy and mak­ing the cir­cle so much big­ger.

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