FIVE up-and-coming Nelson Mandela Bay comedians will keep their fans in stitches when they gather for an afternoon of stomach-aching enjoyment tomorrow.
The All Power Comedy Show at the Motherwell Sports Centre will feature Juluka, Dirtybumz, Tango, Tshepiso Nzayo and Cash, who have promised to keep the audience roaring with laughter.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University IT software development student Khanya Matshoba, known as Dirtybumz, is looking forward to the chance to showcase his talent.
“I am glad I am part of this exciting lineup. There will be no dull moments as we are all bringing up our A games to keep people entertained throughout the show,” the 23-year- old said. The Grahamstown funnyman said his stage name was an attention grabber wherever he was introduced.
“Immediately people hear my name they start laughing, which makes it easier for me to gel. In this show, I will tackle everyday situations and give the audience the best of my comedy,” he said.
Every time Matshoba performs he is haunted by an incident in which he was booed off stage at the Mr and Miss NMMU show last year.
“The audience could not hear what I was saying due to the bad sound system and booed.
“That did not make me give up. Instead I worked very hard to up my game and I can proudly say I am better than I was a year ago,” he said.
Motherwell comedian Nzayo, 26, started performing professionally in 2010.
“I was a poet before I started doing stand-up comedy full time. My poetry had a funny element. In 2010, I did a one-man show called A Lost Poet in a comedy show at Rhodes. I was then asked to open for Zimbabwean comedian Carl Ncube.
“Last year, I was given a chance to perform at the 99% Xhosa comedy. I do not tell jokes, I share stories and experiences happening in South Africa every day and I just put humour into it,” Nzayo said.
Organiser Gcobani Baleni, of GrandTime entertainment, said there would be two surprises tomorrow.
“Our aim is to expose talented comedians from around Nelson Mandela Bay. People should just come and relax. The aim is to take the show around Port Elizabeth townships every second month.”
Tickets are R50 at the venue and the show starts at 2pm.