THE recipe for cooking up good stand-up comedy doesn’t have to be found in foul and offensive language. That’s one of the secrets behind the phenomenal success of the 99% Xhosa Comedy Show which returns to Port Elizabeth tomorrow night.
No fewer than eight of the country’s first-class comedians will be at the Boardwalk Convention Centre busy assembling for a potpourri of laughs that specialises in wit and satire – socially and politically – rather than in the crude. It is a brand that also enjoys an increasingly broad fan base.
The stellar line-up includes Anele Mdoda, Mbulelo Manylaughs, T D Jokes, Celeste Ntuli, Anele Shube, Ntosh Madlingozi, Tats Nkonzo and Sifiso Nene.
Organiser Monwabisi Grootboom described it yesterday as a laugh-a-minute show with intelligent humour, generally delivered in African languages.
"People can expect witty commentary on various current affairs, and political and social issues.”
He said topics on the table would include issues such as BEEs, African behavioural patterns in romantic relationships, and bringing up children.
Asked about the dynamics of creating a cohesive eight-person stage offering, Grootboom said: "We’ve been producing these shows nationally since 2005 and have been working with some of the comics for as long.
"Artists are far more relaxed when they know the producer is experienced and knows what he or she’s doing.” Asked about the formula to the concept’s success, Grootboom attributed it to the show’s relevancy – both in content and concept.
"People are emotionally attached to the show because it touches at the very core of their cultural identity.
"The show is also an indirect affirmation of ‘Black Pride’ – that comedy doesn’t necessarily have to be in English nor involve excessive swearing in order to be funny.”
The show starts at 8pm.
Tickets are available from Computicket at R150 per person.