Club scouts for comedians

Dumisani Hubert MaForty-Ndlovu engraved.

BY SHARON SIBINDI
SANCTIFIED Comedy Club has partnered with Loxion Movement to seek out promising stand-up comedians through are You Funny, Open Mic Comedy Show which will be held on February 26 at the Mzilikazi Youth Centre.

In an interview with NewsDay Life & StyleSanctified Comedy Club Director of Recruitment and Development Lindelwe Mgodla said the winner of the free show would walk away US$20 richer.

“The Are you funny, open mic comedy show is a platform that seeks to source up-and-coming stand-up comedians and also give comedians a platform to try out their new jokes,” she said.

“The competition is for anyone who wants to try their hand at stand-up comedy, to contribute a three-minute set or performance that does not contain vulgar or profane language, the top richer starter of US$20 .”

Mgodla said the choice of venue was inspired by the journey of their co-founder Dumisani Hubert “MaForty” Ndlovu, who was born in Mzilikazi and later fell in love with the arts, while watching his uncle rehearse with a theatrical production . TASA in the 1990s at the Mzilikazi Youth Center.

“We thought of going back to Mzilikazi to look for talent where MaForty grew up. MaForty will not only be attending the event, but will also be hosting the open mic which will feature comedians who performed at the Intwasa Comedy Night last year,” she said.

“The show will start at 2 p.m. and all COVID-19 protocols will be observed.”

MaForty said he pressured her management to agree to be on the show.

“It’s the place that made me fall in love with the arts (Mzilikazi Youth Centre). I never did my comedy at Mzilikazi, hoping it gives those who haven’t managed to see me in my element to come watch,” she said.

“I started my acting career in my late twenties, now I can be a part of bringing young boys and girls into the industry early on.”

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