HARARE – What if Oliver Mtukudzi married swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry? Or Suluman Chimbetu and Mai Chisamba rocked it as a married couple?
Zimbabwe’s top stand-up comedian Edgar Langeveldt had the audience eating out of his palm last week after raising such possibilities.
For a family paper we will not go into other details.
But, as stand-up comedy makes a slow but firm return to the entertainment scene, Zimbabweans can at least finally laugh at the expense of any personality without the hazards of a violent backlash.
Simuka Comedy, the brainchild of Harare’s Book Café developmental programme rose to unexpected heights on Thursday night as local comedians gave powerful performances that left audiences in tears of laughter.
A number of comedians, among them Q, The Boss, Simba “The Comic king”, Doc Vikela and Da DJ kept the audience alive.
The night was undoubtedly Edgar Langeveldt’s though.
The veteran comedian burst into unexpected highs and his take at personalities and issues affecting society ensured it was an evening of laughter.
The Chinese invasion was not spared.
A mixed race comedian, Langeveldt had the audience in stitches as he talked about how “coloureds” like him —sired from white/black relationships — are soon to be extinct and replaced by another breed of coloureds.
The Chinese, he said, were taking all the black women from the dwindling whites, leaving them as best placed to produce the next generation of the mixed race breed.
He took the audience on a laughter ride as he gave a glimpse of how such children will battle to balance the inaccuracies of Shona dialects with the Chinese accent.
Leonard Matsa, a playwright who was part of the audience, said the project was a significant foundation for comedy, which is a million dollar industry in some countries.
“About the vulgar part, well I think by its daring and boundary-less nature, stand-up comedy is susceptible to coming out in forms we normally don’t interact with.
“Another reason could be that, while stand-up comedy is not alien to Africa, you will notice that it is well-developed in the West where swearing and vulgar language is a normal feature in stand up comedy,” Matsa said, adding that he had seen some of the local performers changing track to do clean acts when they are hired for family shows.