The 9th Annual Heavyweights International Comedy Festival (HICOFEST) is bringing non stop laughter to Gaborone on Thursday 23rd November at Avani Gaborone Resort and Casino with the most sought after and in demand international and local comedians. The audience will be treated to too much hilarity and great silliness from a variety of heavyweight comics. The show promises fireworks to ensure patrons experience top notch entertainment of different forms of comedy from over 8 countries.
Major Moves Comedy’s biggest annual flagship comedy event which has grown in leaps and bounds will feature over twelve comedians. Headliners for the event are local heavyweight Thapelo Malani and legendary South African comedian Roni Modimola. Events coordinator for Major Moves Comedy Gaolathe Kediemetse said, “One of our comedians Thapelo Malani who is visually impaired, has been getting bookings internationally. This year alone he has performed in Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. He is an inspiration to all artists that anything is possible. He is a product of Mochudi Resource Center for the Blind (MRCB) and there are a couple of amenities they need. The motivation for the 9th Annual HICOFEST is to raise funds for his former school through #LaughForACause initiative so that more Thapelos, even in other disciplines can be produced by the center. Another benefit of the event is international heavyweights will offer workshops to local comedians on how they can improve their craft and travel the world.”
Roni Modimola is a talented and versatile South African comedian, known for his dry but witty style that can win over any audience. His comedic talent has taken him beyond the borders of South Africa, and he has performed in various international comedy festivals, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the New York Comedy Festival. Roni Modimola is a performer who can be relied on to win over the trickiest crowd with his quiet charm, philosophical musings, silly word-plays and good old-fashioned gags that leave the crowd begging for more. He has also made television appearances on Comedy Central and BBC’s Live at the Apollo, showcasing his unique blend of wit and humor to a global audience.
Major Moves Comedy have been slowly increasing the lineup to give the audience an unforgettable experience. This year the event is even bigger and better to give supporters value for their while they #LaughForACause in supporting MRCB. The event includes Dr Shakes from Eswatini, Maforty from Zimbabwe, Chingliz from Zambia, Angel Gabriel from Nigeria, Lilaphalapha from Lesotho, Tye Lamar from USA, with Botswana’s Queen of Comedy Kelekwang ‘Rekunde’ Mophaleng, Abel Maruza and resident host Onkgopotse ‘Mdala Ka Tjeludo’ Mugende. Maforty hosted Thapelo in Zimbabwe at Kwantuthu Comedy Festival in Bulawayo while Lilaphalapha hosted Thapelo and Mdala Ka Tje at the Lesotho International Comedy Festival in Maseru.
The venue sponsor is Avani Gaborone Resort and Casino which is in the heart of the city. “We have had tremendous support for our past shows from both the public and the media alike. We promise a truly enjoyable, relaxing and funny event with this production. We have a fresh new lineup, fresh new headliners and people must come and experience the best and ultimate entertainment from beginning to the end,” says events coordinator Mr Kediemetse. Tickets for the comedy night are available at Webtickets & Spar outlets priced from P200 single and P300 double. The show starts at 730pm.
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