TOP South African comedian John Vlismas is set to headline the Shoko Festival Comedy Night slated for Alliance Francaise next Wednesday.
Report by Our Staff Writer
The comedy night will be part of the festival that runs from September 18 to 23 at various venues in Harare.
Vlismas is one of the most celebrated comedians on the continent. He was the inaugural winner of the Stand-up Comedian of the Year Award at the South African Comedy Awards in 2007 and is known for his outspoken and observational humour.
In 2008 he represented his country in Toronto, finishing in the top eight at the Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off, and performed at Freedom Day celebrations in Dubai, at the request of the South African Business Council.
He also performed his long anticipated one-man show, entitled Lucky Plebian in June 2008.
Vlismas’ ability to understand and comment on political, social and economic affairs has made him popular globally. He has performed at various festivals and solo shows.
At the comedy night he will share the stage with local comedians Q the Boss, Clive Chigubhu and Carl Joshua Ncube.
Shoko Festival media liaison officer Tafadzwa Sharaunga said the comedy night would present exciting acts.
“This ground-breaking show will also feature the local hit comedy news show Zambezi News. The breakthrough new comedy series has had audiences in Zimbabwe in stitches since its launch in 2011,” said Sharaunga.
“The large outdoor event will have comfortable seating and stylish design. One of Harare’s premier DJs Rax will be on the turntables.”
Festival director, Comrade Fatso, said: “This will be the biggest comedy night of the year. John Vlismas alongside Zimbabwe’s top comedians is a dream come true.”
Shoko Festival will feature live concerts including South African diva Nomsa Mazwai and local star Chiwoniso Maraire. There will also be DJ parties featuring world class dub step, electro and house music, an international poetry slam, photo exhibitions, workshops and debates among others.
The theme for this year’s edition is “Take over the Town” as Shoko spreads across the city into the suburbs and townships.