Carl Ncube's South Africa move bares fruit

Ever since Zimbabwe's stand-up comedian Carl Ncube (CN) crossed the border to South Africa, opportunities continue to knock on his doorstep. By capitalizing on them, Carl has raised the country's flag on the international arena through his top-notch performances across the globe.

Carl Ncube
Carl Ncube

Showbiz reporter Yeukai Moyo (YM) followed up on the talented rib cracker to shed more light on his plans and successes on the other side of the Limpopo.

YM: Last year during your press conference in Mutare, you mentioned that you are planning to hold a series of shows in United States of America. How far have you gone with your plans?

CN: I am performing in South Africa trying to raise awareness about my tour (USA) to get people that may be willing to sponsor me to achieve my objectives or to personally raise the amounts required to take Zimbabwe comedy abroad.

YM: How many states are you targeting?

CN: The plan is and has always been to travel to at least 37 cities around the world in total, more would be better less is not bad. The principle of the tour is to highlight the need for Zimbabwe to export its talent.

YM: Who is assisting you in terms of funding your move?

CN: We have been fortunate to have people that have assisted at each stage we have accomplished. Individuals and some companies but at the moment we are on our own without any support mechanism to help out but we are doing our best with the little we have.

YM: How rewarding has been your move to SA?

CN: From a professional point of view the move to South Africa has been incredible. I improve everytime I am on stage, I get advice regularly from the top names in South Africa/African comedy and have access to all this wisdom. Some of the major players in the business of comedy such as Parkers Comedy and Jive (who are the only COMEDY club in AFRICA) and PODIUM..the comedy merchants provide very technical support for what I do, making me more and more professional.

YM: Which one was you memorable show?

CN: My show in Bulawayo at Elite 400 is and will always be the best show ever. I got to perform in the town I was born, the reception was incredible but it would be the first and last time I would perform on the same stage with my late DAD.

YM: During your performance in Mutare, you made a joke about how hard it is to make political jokes in Zimbabwe. However, I later saw one of your posts on Facebook early this year as part of your 2012 resolutions, revealing that you were finally going to make political jokes about local politicians?

CN: I never said that it was hard to make political jokes in Zimbabwe.

I don't even do political humour.

YM: If that's the case, what made you change your mind?

CN: It's a challenge that in Zimbabwe the press will quote my JOKES as fact.please remember that they are JOKES. I was making a joke about coming after POLITICIANS this year "that was the joke". This interview is not a joke, am hoping the difference can be seen? What I post on Facebook are humourous statuses ie if I said I was turning into a cow tomorrow, would you then ask me about that as if it was fact?

YM: Aren't you also afraid of the repercussions and consequences that usually come afterwards?

CN: Wow dude I wouldn't know, are you trying to angle for something here? I have been working in the entertainment industry in Zimbabwe for a very long time in TV production, Music Industry, Animation, Online Technology and now Comedy. My objective is the same and has not changed "to tell the world about Zimbabwe anything else but the politics". It appears from the questions here that you would like a comedian that makes fun of politicians, repercussions or not, I am not your guy! I have a much higher calling than that. So no, I do not do political satire!

YM: What other projects are you involved in at the moment in or outside comedy?

CN: I still do strategy for the entertainment industry practitioners.

I am a web developer and still trying to get Zimbabwe online. I have been doing some animation concepts for major TV stations here in South Africa, hoping to have them flighted this year.

YM: What is your greatest weapon or technique in comedy?

CN: Being myself is always the main part of my game plan on stage, the more I can be myself the better I become. It's the target I aim for.

My life has had many ups and downs and it is the downs I like to bring on stage, I like and prefer being sincere.

YM: When you are in front of an audience how do you connect with all of them without offending some and risk loosing them during the entire show?

CN: You can't ever think like that or else you would never be a comedian. The audience are there because you are a comedian. If anyone is there and expecting to get offended they might be the joke at the end of the day. Try not to go to comedy gigs if you are easily offended, go to church instead!

YM: How did you feel on your first stand-up comedy show?

CN: Sick, nervous. Pretty much how I feel everytime I go on stage.

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