David Kau toasts a decade of laughs

UNFUNNY: David Kau
UNFUNNY: David Kau

VETERAN comedian David Kau plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Blacks Only comedy tour with surprise acts from some of his old friends who started out with this project.

“They [my friends] will just pop in,” says  Kau.

Fans can expect Kagiso Lediga, Tats Nkonzo, KG Kagiso, Hlophe and Schalk Bezuidenhout to entertain them at the Grand West Casino.

“For the past 10 years, Blacks Only shows have featured one white comedian,” he says, referring to Bezuidenhout.

“It was just a funny idea when it started. Chris Forrest got on stage and I kicked him out, then he went and put black paint on and I let him back on. We have kept the tradition and play around with why the white comedian is there.”

Kau explains that ventriloquist Conrad Koch qualifies to do stand-up comedy at Blacks Only because he walks around with a coloured puppet (Chester Missing). “For instance, some of the white comedians are dating black girls ... and we make fun of it.”

The tour has in the past been used by black comedians as a springboard to establish their careers.

Kau says the objective now is to ensure that the Blacks Only project grows in other parts of the country. He is currently focusing on this and his projects in the film industry.

“Right now I manage Thips and Skhumba. When I write a movie for Mzansi Magic, I am writing for Skhumba and Thips,” he says.

Kau is working on a movie called The Dodgy Promoter with rap group Skwatta Kamp. He also has another film in the works called Sekwangkwetla that secured an international distribution deal at the Cannes Festival this year.

He says renowned filmmaker Teboho Mahlatsi of Yizo Yizo fame is still writing the film.

He is in negotiations with a TV channel to air his conceptual show,  'David  Kau ’s House' which will be shot in his own house.

“I think it means more for us as South Africans when we put out a film that makes  an impact continentally than when we just put out one more film in Hollywood.”

“I am at a stage where I cannot just sit and do nothing. I shot The Room Divider in January, and I shot Shampoo’s Retirement Village in April.”

Although he earned his popularity through TV,  Kau’s career is no longer about appearing on TV. He has stretched his reach across platforms such as film, mobile, Instagram and Twitter.

“Things have changed, and there are more mediums available for entertainers today.”

He makes fun of people and situations but he shields his family from controversy.

“I only go to events when I am working. You will not just see me at the Samas because I want to be there.

I do not create situations where there can be opportunities for drama to pop up because I have taken a decision to protect my wife and kids.

“I have learned that fame does not come with fortune. I do not need to be in a situation where I am showing everybody who designed my clothes. That is nonsense.”


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