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Soweto International Comedy Festival returns to Maitisong

Publishing Date : 07 August, 2017

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Home grown heavy weights of comedy Modiri Keseabetswe aka MOD and Umbambi Ndiwenyu aka Bambino will join a high profile duo of South African comedians Trevor Gumbi and Kedibone Mulaudzi on Saturday 19th August at 7:30pm at Maitisong.

Soweto Comedy Festival is the brain child of Kedibone Mulaudzi who has turned it into an international franchise. This event punctuates the continuation of an on-going regional tour by South African comedians to share Soweto with the rest of the world. Founded during the mineral revolution in South Africa, Soweto, (acronym for South Western Townships) is a sprawling conurbation of townships in the outskirts of the city of Johannesburg inhabited by predominantly African black people who were forcibly removed from the city centre in places like Sophiatown and Yeoville by the South African apartheid government.

Bambino and Gao Lemmenyane had the privilege of visiting Soweto on the weekend of the Soweto Derby at the FNB Stadium, during two South African soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates’ match. Bambino’s comedy script writing started at the border where there were a legion of Batswana fans, garbed in Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates gear crossing the border to go and watch their favourite teams live at FNB Stadium. Brace yourself for a set that touches on his being a Soweto tourist from Botswana especially on that particular weekend. In Soweto, Bambino met Soweto natives and was taken around the shebeens and joints, eating skopo and roasted mogodu.

Kedibone Mulaudzi - the founder of Nubreed School of Comedy and Soweto International Comedy Festival, the man who initiated Ribcracker and many others into comedy brings a unique element to comedy. He will share his jokes in 3D - accompanied by pictures and sound. I had the privilege of watching him present this at the Soweto Theatre and trust me you will be blown away. Trevor Gumbi needs no introduction. He has been to our shores before and is a regular face on South African television. Outspoken and often bursting with energy, he has performed on so many stages, including the Kings & Queens of comedy, Oppikoppi, Blacks Only and Laugh out Loud to mention a few. Recently, he has taken over from DJ Sbu to present Friends Like These on SABC 1.

MOD has become the Godfather of comedy in Botswana. With his potent jokes on any topic, his wit is sophisticated and pungent. He delivers intelligent and relevant jokes on any topic. You know how our conservative audiences sometimes become uneasy with certain topics like adult content, sexual orientation and death, MOD goes there and transports audiences with his sensibilities and finishes them off with fantastic punch lines. Soweto International Comedy Festival will kick start the international tour in Botswana on 19th August at Maitisong starting at 7:30pm. Parental guidance is advised and persons under the age of 15 will not be admitted. P200 buys you a ticket which is available at Webtickets, Maitisong, Riverwalk and Spar outlets nationwide. For more details call 71373000, 73501520 and 75715163.



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