Comedians find true connection
SOUTH African comedy fanatics have an additional reason to laugh, as a growing number of vernacular comedians make their presence felt on the funny performers scene.
In a nation boasting 11 official languages, it seems that the funny men are starting to tap into what has always been a very large audience.
Comedian Kedibone Mulaudzi, whose sharp wit has left many rolling with laughter, knows the importance of truly connecting with local audiences.
"It doesn't make sense doing jokes in English if your audience is mainly vernacular," he said.
Though English-speaking comedians enjoy the bulk of the limelight, Mulaudzi urged up-and-coming talent to be bold in their approach.
"We must be proud of our languages," he said.
He speaks highly of "Sister H" [Hilda Sethosa] - a hard-working comic that continues to make waves in Ekurhuleni.
Following on from the groundwork laid by comedienne Tumi Morake, her hilarious range of jokes in Xhosa, Tsonga, Zulu and Sepedi, has audiences in stitches.
Hailing from Vosloorus, Sister H is a regular feature at Mashona Comedy Nights in KwaThema and is set to wow audiences at a Springs Civic Theatre Women's Month gig on August 25.