Ex-teacher laughing all the way to the top

Yoliswa Sobuwa

COMEDIAN Khanyisa Bunu will represent the Eastern Cape at the SA Comic’s Choice Awards next month.

“I am very excited about this nomination, especially because I am the only female amongst four guys. I have been nominated in the Savanna audience choice award category with Sifiso Nene, Mashabela Galane and Thapelo Tips Seemise,” she said.

Bunu, a former primary school teacher, was born in Whittlesea. She said while she always had a comedic streak, she only took it seriously after entering the So You Think You Are Funny television stand-up comedy competition.

“People loved my material and after I was eliminated I packed my bags for the city of lights. I started by performing in small clubs and in no time I was getting booked for bigger events. People love my work because I make such intelligent jokes,” she said.

Bunu said she was inspired by Eugene Khoza. “He is one of my favourite comedians. I love his intelligent comedy. He is a natural and one can learn a lot from him,” she said.

Her ultimate dream is to be a movie maker.

“At some stage I want to produce a series that will tackle our day to day living. I have just finished writing a book called Umbhodamo [Chaos] which will be used for learning in Grade 9 for Eastern and Western Cape next year,” she said.

And while she is no longer a teacher, she is still involved in education and tries to support under-performing schools around Gauteng.

The awards will be held at Montecasino in Johannesburg on August 24.

To vote for Bunu, SMS 1209 to 38374.

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