MAKING people laugh for a living has finally paid off for Mdantsane-born comedian Anele Shube, who was recently nominated for the Best Indigenous Comedian at this year's South African Traditional Music Achievement (Satma) awards.
Shube said he was shocked when another comedian called on Saturday to congratulate him on the nomination. "I did not even know how one gets nominated, but apparently the public nominate you. I didn't believe it at all when Tsepiso [Nzayo] called me; it was only when I went on the website and saw my name there [that I did]," he said.
He had received an invitation to the event, but did not think he would be one of the comedians nominated in the category. "I'm grateful for this and whether I win or not, I will keep doing what I do."
Shube's journey into comedy has not been an easy one, but he said performing and seeing people laugh brought joy to his heart.
He first tried comedy at university in 2003 but did not take it seriously at the time.
It was only eight years later, in Pretoria, that Shube decided to give comedy another chance.
"The company I worked for hosted a social event and I performed. My colleagues were very supportive. They encouraged me to do it again."
In 2011, he was retrenched and Shube joined a comedy society club and started doing comedy for a living in and around Johannesburg.
Later that year he moved back home. "I didn't see a lot of growth while I was up in Johannesburg and coming back home has helped me grow a lot. Yes, there aren't many comedians this side but there is so much room for growth," he said.
This year and last year Shube was part of the 99% Xhosa comedy show which was held in East London and Port Elizabeth.
"I sometimes do shows at the Soul Claps session in Mdantsane but not very often. I use that platform as a rehearsing stage," he said.
Shube said he was working towards hosting his first one-man show in Mdantsane.
Other comedians who have been nominated in this category include Mashabela Galane, Isikhindi Esinomgca Obuhlaza, Siyanda Maphumulo, Kedibone, Skhumba Hlophe and Pravesh Mungaldvale.
Satma project manager Nomcebo Msweli said all nominees would walk away with prizes and there would be a prize of a trip to Mauritius for the Best Traditional Community Radio DJ.