Zim is no joke: comedian

Zimbabwe’s fast-rising stand up comedian, Carl Joshua Ncube, lamented the fact that local comedians could not make political jokes in the same way they could outside the country.

Ncube, who is now based in South Africa, said in countries such as Zambia or South Africa comedians could go as far as mocking presidents, but the area remained a mine field in Zimbabwe.

“Our political landscape is not conducive. Politics is a particular topic that is almost impossible to get into in Zimbabwe. In South Africa, comedians can mock President (Jacob) Zuma and get away with it, but that is almost impossible here (Zimbabwe),” he said.

The Big Announcement star further said art had not been spared political upheaval. He said the nation was too obsessed with politics.

“People are too obsessed with politics, it’s doing very little to promote arts. The media is one of the vehicles to spearhead arts development, but you rarely see arts news making it on the front page here, unlike in other countries,” Ncube said.

He urged the local political leaders to bridge the gap between comedians and politicians.

“We (comedians) should get moral support from our leaders. They need to interact with artists in general, just like in other parts of the world. This will boost the morale of the guys and the industry as well.”

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