Laughter galore at Comedy Festival

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Laughter galore at Comedy Festival Long John

The Herald

Talent Gore-Arts Correspondent

The second edition of the Simuka Comedy Festival, which runs from today up to Sunday to explore and broaden indigenous inflections that make up comedy in Zimbabwe.

The three-day marathon of non-stop laughter from all comedy genres is running under the theme: “Free Voice, Take Charge”.

The Simuka Comedy Festival will be taking place at Reps Theatre in Belgravia, Harare, while the event will be livestreamed on the Simuka Comedy Facebook and YouTube channels.

In an interview, festival director comedian and actor Victor Mpofu said all was set for the show, with a great line up ahead.

“The three-day festival will witness over 50 comedians staging six live stand-up comedy shows, two comedy workshops for beginners, online comedy symposium, a funny talk series, six video skits and an online comedy indaba,” he said.

“The overarching aim is for cross-fertilisation of ideas and opening of comedy markets. The methodology behind the festival is sectoral dialogic engagement, a collaboration between seasoned performers, novices and administrators who are active practitioners of comedy.

“The festival presents a gateway to creating a sustainable Zimbabwean comedy circuit, where artistes from Zimbabwe work together to grow the economic potential of comedy and the quality of acts across Zimbabwe.”

Mpofu said the first day of the festival will be dedicated to comédiennes.

“Farai-Day 26th November is dedicated to our growing complement of talented female comedians in partnership with Sekesai collective and primarily made possible by Moto Republik,” he said.

“The main attraction among other activities will be the divas comedy night headlined by the inimitable rising star comédienne Munya Guramatunhu.”

Mpofu said the second day will host a lot of activities and Long John will be part of the performers of the day.

“Satire-Day 27th November will be an all-out propagation of satire as a type or form of comedy made primarily possible by the partnership with Magamba Network which will see a host of activities culminating in festival headline event featuring comedy veterans,” he said.

 “Sunny-Day 28th November will be a day in the sun, comedy deserves it too and we go all out to celebrate comedy in every form.

“The night will see the last bit of the festival dubbed “Third Wave” comedy show, featuring Kadem the Comic of the Captain Tito fame; Tinaye also known to masses as Constable; Ckanyiso Datguy popularly known as Buju and Mandla Da Comedian.”

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