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99% Zulu Comedy is 100% full of laughs

By Zoë Mahopo | Feb 18, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 34 ]

THE 99% Zulu Comedy is 100% funny, whether it is in Durban or Johannesburg.

Stand-up comedians dished out laughter on steroids at the first 99% Zulu Comedy show that hit Johannesburg at the Lyric Theatre on Saturday night.

People were left in stitches with some almost falling off their seats and others wiping tears away.

Some audience members had to stand on the sidelines at the sold-out show, which actor and comedian Siyabonga Radebe summed up by saying: "That show went beautifully!"

Radebe, who was also hosting the event, said the Johannesburg crowd was as receptive as the Durban audiences.

Actor and comedian Kenneth Nkosi, who made a surprise appearance, said Monwabisi Grootboom approached him eight years ago with the idea to start a strictly 100% Zulu comedy show. When they decided to bring the show to Johannesburg, it was turned into 99% Zulu to accommodate otherlanguages.

Nkosi said it was high time people enjoyed comedy in their own languages.

"The success of this show came from the support of the people more than anything," said Isaac Gampu, who was one of the comedians on stage.

He added that the growth of vernacular comedy was proof that indigenous languages had a fighting chance at survival. "One day our own kids will find vernacular comedy a cool thing to do," said Gampu.

The line-up also included Simphiwe Shembe, Skhumba Hlophe, Celeste Ntuli, Felix Hlophe and Tol A$$ Mo. The jokes revolved around TV shows people watch, racial matters, politicians and relationships.

When asked where she got the guts to spew controversial jokes, Ntuli, the only female comic in the line-up, said her comedy was part of what people do in everyday life. While Ntuli's set was mostly about relationships, she said her flowing black dress was a symbol of support for the campaign against the abuse of women.

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Mxm why is this news?

Feb 18, 2013 7:15 | 0 replies

@MisterGP
They are all over, you must be running scared.

Feb 18, 2013 9:22 | 0 replies

@Arewenga

...and your point is? You tribalist have a tendy of talking cr@p even on this stories that does not call for you sick minds.

Take your sick issues to your sick people.

Feb 18, 2013 9:39 | 0 replies

It is always amusing how you guys can turn anything into a tribal war.
This is a fantastic idea, Anyone who has tried to translate a joke into a different language knows that you think differently in different languages. It isn't about it being in isiZulu it is about having humour in your own language. If you guys are so jealous then why not start your own comedy show in your own language?

Feb 18, 2013 9:52 | 0 replies

@MommaC
Can't agree with you more.Sowetan bloggers know how to turn anything into tribalism. It is so boring......................Especialy people from Malema's province.
Stup!d comment like, if you have it in your language i have it in mine.So pity.

Feb 18, 2013 10:9 | 0 replies

i need money...not comedy..nxa

Feb 18, 2013 10:13 | 0 replies

Arewanga
I don't care whether its 99% Zulu comedy and 100% laughs. We have got 100% venda comedy and 100+1% laughs Phalaphala FM morning drive show comedians who have almost 99.9% of SA listeners between 07:00 to 09:00
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No need to be creative,,u r a joke as navy as u r lol!

just eat amasonja negwinya kanye namasi-----lol!,,,ihlaya elihle kabi lelo

Feb 18, 2013 10:19 | 0 replies

@ Mokwepa

Then why don't you just become a male pr0stitute?.. Finish and klaar

Feb 18, 2013 10:26 | 0 replies

Arewanga
Is it a hang over my countryman? Instead of moving forward and support each other as Africans wena you are moving backward.

Feb 18, 2013 10:54 | 0 replies

Lord-Have-Mercy
Julius Sello Malema is an outstanding comedian by far!!!!!!
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and arguably the entire ANC

Feb 18, 2013 12:4 | 0 replies

@Arewanga
I don't care whether its 99% Zulu comedy and 100% laughs. We have got 100% venda comedy and 100+1% laughs Phalaphala FM morning drive show comedians who have almost 99.9% of SA listeners between 07:00 to 09:00

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Unamanga

Feb 18, 2013 12:5 | 0 replies