Co­me­dian’s home­com­ing

The Herald (South Africa) - - ARTS FUN & GAMES - Za­man­dulo Malonde mal­on­dez@ti­soblack­

FOR­MER Bay co­me­dian Siya Seya is re­turn­ing to Port El­iz­a­beth af­ter three years to per­form at the Athenaeum on Thurs­day night.

Seya, 33, started his com­edy ca­reer at the PE Opera House in 2007 but moved to Cape Town two years later to find a big­ger mar­ket for his craft.

“When I started out, the com­edy in­dus­try was non-ex­is­tent in PE, as a re­sult I would strug­gle to even get ra­dio in­ter­views be­cause there was no mar­ket for my work at the time, so I de­cided to move to Cape Town,” he said.

Af­ter spend­ing years cre­at­ing a name for him­self in the mother city, the Mother­well co­me­dian moved to Johannesburg in May last year in search of greener pas­tures, where he started work­ing with SAPS clerk-turned co­me­dian S’khumba Hlophe and David Kau.

“When I got to Jo’burg I met S’khumba who in­tro­duced me to David Kau. He [Kau] booked me to per­form at his Blacks Only show this one time and he must have been im­pressed with my work be­cause he re­turned with other gigs for me and took me un­der his wing,” Seya said.

He opened for Kau on his na­tional tour last year and will tour with him again next month. In fact, Kau was so im­pressed with the Mdantsane-born co­me­dian that he now is his man­ager.

Seya will also fea­ture in the next sea­son of Mzansi Magic’s Mzansi Com­edy Wed­nes­days.

His show Ndahleka Ndade Nda­suza is at 8pm at the Athenaeum in Cen­tral.

Along with the lineup of five co­me­di­ans will be Bay singer Zim­sto Erufini.

Tick­ets are R100 and avail­able from Siya Mlozana, 082-280-6832.


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