Post-Election Comedy on tomorrow

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Mohalenyane Phakela

LESOTHO and South African comedians will tomorrow tickle Maseru at a show scheduled for Victory Hall in Moshoeshoe II.

The event will see South Africa’s Khanyisa Bunu, Jamza 45 and Max share the stage with a local contingent boasting of Bootz Washington, Monare and Kibiti. The organiser, Lilaphalapha is set to host the show.

Jamza 45 is no stranger to the country and every time he that he has taken to the stage he has left his audiences in stitches.

Khanyisa, who also stars as Mamaduna on Etv’s prime time soapie Scandal, is one of South Africa’s top female comedians. She made history in 2015 by becoming the first woman to win the Audience Choice Gong at the Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards.

Max on the other hand has made waves on social media for his ability to imitate Lesedi FM’s Thuso Motaung while addressing life issues on the Sunday radio programme, Makhulong a Matala.

The show is dubbed Post Elections Comedy Night and according to Lilaphalapha, jokes will be centred on the promises which local politicians made before the 3 June 2017 snap elections. These will be will be contrasted with the progress made after a year in power.

“We held pre-elections comedy last year where we made jokes on what the politicians were canvassing about and what people expected from the outcomes of those elections,” Lilaphalapha said this week.

“People had high hopes for a better life based on those promises such as getting jobs. It is a year now since the current regime came into power so we will be making jokes in line with what they promised people and the actual reality.

“We are able to spur killer jokes from trending issues because it is easier for everyone to relate. When someone makes a joke about something that is troubling people, it relieves that stress. Life is not always about stiffening but also about having fun so we take advantage of the circumstances to entertain people.”

Lilaphalapha said audiences should always understand that their craft is not meant to offend people but to relax the mind. He said they keep their shows interesting by deviating from previous materials.

Part of the proceeds from the events that they hold are directed towards the welfare of various vulnerable members of the society. They have in the past helped the needy with groceries, school uniforms and donated sanitary towels to vulnerable girls among others.

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