Comedy no joke for DJ An­kle­tap

One-man show to pay for his wed­ding

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By So­maya Stock­en­stroom so­[email protected]­day­

YFM’s DJ An­kle­tap has gone from ra­dio show host to co­me­dian all in the name of love.

It all started as a joke on his break­fast show when he quipped that he would have to go on stage as a co­me­dian to af­ford his wed­ding, but lis­ten­ers re­sponded pos­i­tively say­ing they would come and watch him per­form and help pay for the cer­e­mony.

“I am plan­ning a one-man comedy show for Jan­uary 25 next year, one month be­fore my wed­ding which is on Fe­bru­ary 23. The event is go­ing to go to­wards pay­ing for the wed­ding but it is some­thing I have wanted to do for a very long time,” he said.

Born Bryce Clarke, the DJ was named An­kle­tap due to nu­mer­ous op­er­a­tions he un­der­went as a child for a con­di­tion called club­foot, where the feet turn in­ward and down­ward.

But af­ter some of his loyal lis­ten­ers thought he was say­ing “Un­cle Tap”, they sim­ply dubbed him Malume.

“It in­stantly stuck and I have over the years grown into that Un­cle per­sona on air. From An­kle­tap to Malume Tap and then Malume Pompo and now just Malume,” he says.

He fondly refers to his fi­ancee, Natasha Bishop, as MaMalume on the show. The cou­ple met at the Sa­mas last year.

“She was in the au­di­ence and no­ticed me on the big screen dur­ing the TV ad breaks and af­ter the show she got one of her col­leagues [who knew me] to in­tro­duce her to me.

“I spent the rest of the night talk­ing to her and fol­low­ing her around Sun City but even­tu­ally she called it a night and went back to her ho­tel with her friends. I left Sun City re­ally early the next morn­ing as I had an­other gig in Joburg.

“I didn’t get her num­ber or sur­name and had no way of find­ing her... I had been think­ing about her for months as the one that got away and was re­ally up­set with my­self for not tak­ing her con­tact de­tails. One day I opened my Face­book fan page in­box, and there she was.

“She had found me and all she sent in her mes­sage was a pic­ture of the two of us from that night at Sun City with the cap­tion ‘Re­mem­ber me?’ I replied in­stantly and we started chat­ting again and met up that same night af­ter my show.”

Six months ago the DJ asked Bishop to marry him be­cause he says, “when you know, you know and I have been the hap­pi­est man in the world ever since. I am so ex­cited I get to spend the rest of my life with her and have a fam­ily to­gether.”

The 30-year-old, who was born in Car­letonville, was also largely re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing the hit song Sko­rokoro by Dadaman pop­u­lar as well as the in­stant fame of co­me­dian Dimpie Dim­popo.

“Mu­sic has al­ways been one of my big­gest pas­sions and I’m con­stantly in search of new tunes. I have a good ear for what the au­di­ence wants to hear and peo­ple feed off my en­ergy.”

DJ An­kle­tap and his fi­ancée Natasha Bishop.

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