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Crazy and Streetwise

By Zenoyise Madikwa | Jul 19, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IF YOU haven't heard about them or listened to their "buzz me with a public phone" commercials on radio, you're either a hermit or just don't have street credibility.

The "streetwise" Crazy Entertainers have been tickling the radio waves with their slap-your-knee funny jokes since KFC signed them on as part of their Streetwise Campaign, to jolt some laughter and bring finger-licking joy to those chicken-hungry fans.

"When our company heard about the Crazy Entertainers it just made sense to bring them on board. Our company is passionate about tasty, quality chicken and these guys are really passionate about cracking people up. The synergy between the two was just unmissable," cackles Lisa Burman, marketing manager for KFC.

The Crazy Entertainers, featuring Patrick Khoba, Thato Maphanga, Phillip Hlatshwayo, Golden Maluleke, Bongo Molele and Tumelo Matera, said they were born to make people laugh.

They met when they were pupils at a school in Tshwane while poking fun at other pupils. Since realising their affinity for jokes, they got streetwise and started performing various skits on Paul Kruger Square in Tshwane, where they attracted large audiences. And before they knew it Crazy Entertainers was formed.

And now the Crazy Entertainers are the faces of the KFC's Streetwise Campaign for 2010 and 2011.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Maphanga said, "Performing our comedy routines and making movies is our true goal. The sponsorship will give us the power to reach and entertain more people."

Now the Crazy Entertainers boast a brand new DVD titled Shoo be doo.

"This project isn't just about our being the faces of the Streetwise Campaign, but we also plan on doing some skills development for the guys," adds Burman.

Workshops about the film-making process have been conducted with the Crazy Entertainers. Renowned director Lawrence Hamburger showed his swag when he shared his expertise with them during the shooting of the commercial.

The Crazy Entertainers will visit The Zone in Rosebank on July 28, Sunnypark in Pretoria on July 29, Musgrave in Durban on August 4 and in Cape Town, V&A Waterfront on August 5.

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