Guin­ness quest opens doors for Carl

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

CO­ME­DIAN Carl Joshua Ncube who is on a quest to break the Guin­ness book of records’ “Most stand up com­edy per­for­mances in seven days” is get­ting more than he bar­gained for as his tal­ent is reach­ing out to new mar­kets who have of­fered to spon­sor his fu­ture shows.

The tal­ented co­me­dian who kicked off his quest in South Africa last week said his ap­pear­ance on SABC 3’s pop­u­lar break­fast show – Ex­presso had seen many doors of op­por­tu­nity open for him.

“Word has gone out that I want to break the record. Ever since I em­barked on this quest, doors have been open­ing for me with book­ings over­seas,” said Ncube.

“When I was in South Africa, I got spon­sor­ship deals with cer­tain com­pa­nies who of­fered to pro­vide my ac­com­mo­da­tion wher­ever I’m per­form­ing. This is en­tirely be­cause of my ap­pear­ance on SABC 3’s break­fast show last week.”

Yes­ter­day, Ncube who is be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by his dot­ing wife Nelsy and a film crew that is doc­u­ment­ing his quest com­pleted the 26th leg of his 35-show quest in Bu­l­awayo. Ncube is on a mis­sion to break the Guin­ness world record by sur­pass­ing Aus­tralian co­me­dian – Mark Mur­phy’s record. Mur­phy made his­tory in 2007 when he staged 30 gigs at 30 venues in seven days all over Aus­tralia.

In Bu­l­awayo, Ncube per­formed at BAC Leisure Cen­tre, Pub Lagon­dola, Cresta Churchill, Nes­bitt Cas­tle and Rain­bow Ho­tel yes­ter­day where he was joined by fel­low co­me­di­ans Clive Chigubhu, Ntando Van Moyo and Babongile Sikhon­jwa. The at­ten­dance at most shows was en­cour­ag­ing.

Ncube said he had to add an­other show in Bu­l­awayo after the one at Pakare Paye in Nor­ton failed to take off last week.

“Ini­tially I wanted to beat the record in five days and the way I’d planned my shows, it was go­ing to be pos­si­ble. How­ever, this couldn’t hap­pen as there’ve been de­lays here and there.

“Also, the can­cel­la­tion of the show in Nor­ton be­cause of poor mar­ket­ing made it dif­fi­cult for me to beat the record in five days. I had to re­place the Nor­ton show with the one I staged at BAC,” said Ncube.

Though the makeup show had a handful of peo­ple, this did not dampen the co­me­dian’s spirit as he per­formed as if the room had hun­dreds of peo­ple.

“This is the most gru­elling and tir­ing thing that I’ve ever done. Things are go­ing ac­cord­ing to plan as I want to sur­pass the record so much that it’ll be dif­fi­cult for any­one to beat it,” he said.

To­day, Ncube concludes his quest in Vic­to­ria Falls with per­for­mances at Vic­to­ria Falls Sa­fari Lodge, Africa Cafe, Shear­wa­ter Cafe, Look­out Cafe and Cresta Spray View.

Carl Joshua Ncube chats with Ex­presso’s Graeme Richards

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