Comedy is defined as ‘professional entertainment consisting of jokes and sketches, intended to make an audience laugh’ but often times our maven jokers fail to pack a powerful punch. This ultimately renders their profession into sinking spells of boredom. However, a local comedy movement dubbed Major Moves Comedy has vowed to change this perception as they consistently pull all the stops in hosting shows that guarantee nothing but supreme gags.
This coming Friday (October 27th), Major Moves will host the 4th Annual Francistown Comedy & Poetry Night, which promises to bring non-stop laughter, poetic rhythms and animated stanzas featuring some of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe’s funniest stand-up comedians and acclaimed poets. According to the organizers, the Adansonia Hotel audience will be treated to unremitting spells of amusement combined with great silliness from a variety of comics whilst enjoying poetic narratives and sound plays from a few poets.
The organizers said the Friday show promises fireworks as it will be amusing, informative and even inspiring – a slight variation from a few local comedy shows we have attended in the past which are often compromised by familiarity, oversimplification and indulgence. Often times, the featured comics’ orations are not fiery enough to even be hot air. They tend to be more like warm wind.
However, this will apparently not be the case this Friday as Major Moves Comedy have vowed they will pull all the stops to make sure all their patrons experience top-notch entertainment. Headliners for the upcoming show include South Africa’s top comedian Prins Virgil, the ever so hilarious and Zimbabwean-based, Clive Chigubu as well as Francistown’s very own funny man, Augustus Phillimon popularly known as ‘Monate Aromat’.
Major Moves Comedy Events Coordinator, Gaolathe Kediemetse famously known as Geespot said this week that the show will also feature the Kgatleng maestro Phenyo ‘The Master’ Phaladi, Desire Itani and Maruza all from Francistown who bring to the stage clean, high energy, fun and clever comedy. Kediemetse noted that the 4th Annual Francistown Comedy & Poetry Night will also feature up and coming comedians and poets from Francistown and surrounding areas to share the stage with the headliners to become inspired and better their craft.
“This event is our way of developing a different and alternative form of leisure for Francistown residents as well as encourage collaboration between the two genres of comedy and poetry. This being the fourth edition, sees us collaborating with Francistown-based companies and further exploring ways of getting local talent to shine. As a result, Monate Aromat will be coming to perform in Gaborone and further going to South Africa. We would like to see more Francistown-based comedians and poets breaking stereotypes and barriers by performing away from their comfort zones in places such as Maun, Kasane and internationally,” said Kediemetse.
Furthermore, the leading man added, “We are excited to be hosting these fresh international comedians in Francistown. Our greatest aim really is to see stand-up comedy growing in Botswana as part of mainstream entertainment. We also want to contribute positively and economically to the lives of all comedians so they are able to live off their profession just like their peers elsewhere around the world. Francistown Comedy & Poetry Night offers such a platform for local comedians as in most cases they collaborate with invited comics who invite them to their countries. For instance, Ntando van Moyo has availed his Umahlekisa Comedy Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.”
He said they are proud to be hosting Prins in Botswana as he is the hottest South African breakthrough comedy act of 2016/2017. “This man has won several comedy competitions, including the Jokenation International Comedy Competition which led to his performances at the Montreux International Comedy Festival in Switzerland, the Swaziland International Comedy Festival and the Busan International Comedy Festival in South Korea.
In 2016, Prins was nominated for two Savanna Comics Choice Awards, going on to win the Breakthrough Act of the year Award. Prins has also produced three successful collaboration shows at the National Arts Festival and is currently touring with his first one man show dubbed ‘Unnecessary’. Prins’ comedy material has been described as innovative, playful and funny for the whole family, naughty but nice, transcending gender, race, culture, religion and international borders,” said Kediemetse.
On the other hand, Aromat is a thoughtful and aware comic with innovative punchlines which made him scoop 3rd position at this year’s 2017 President’s Day Comedy Competitions. “His funny, imaginative routines and good-humoured jibes are perfect for any audience and for any event. Aromat is one of the most fearlessly funny comics working today, having organized monthly comedy events in Francistown.” A man who clearly needs no introduction to the local comedy dais in none other than Phenyo The Master – definitely one of the funniest and most active comedians to come out of Botswana.
“As a sign of continual growth and spicing up the line-up, Major Moves Comedy has roped in two Zimbabweans, Clive Chigubu and Ntando Van Moyo. Clive who was a hit at the 4th and 5th annual heavyweights International Comedy Festival (HICOFEST) will be making his debut performance in Francistown. A raw gem from the City of Kings and Queens, he is one of the stand-up comedians that always stands out wherever he performs. The Bulawayo-born and bred actor-cum-comedian has been nominated more than once for a National Arts Merit Award. It is his catchphrase “Ye Ye-e”, which has become his trademark and a hit with audiences the world over.”
The venue sponsor for the 4th Annual Francistown Comedy & Poetry Night is Adansonia Hotel and tickets for the event are already on sale at Webtickets and Spar outlets priced from P150 single and P200 double. The show start at exactly 730pm, so be on time!