Malawi’s stand-up comedian Daliso Chaponda performs in the country this month, marking the official launch of his new project, The Presidents of Laughrica.
Stand-up comedians Carl Joshua Ncube from Zimbabwe and Uganda’s Idringi Salvado will join Chaponda at the Bingu International Conference Centre on April 20.
“The Presidents of Laughrica is my new project and phase two of my plans for world domination. I generally debut my shows in Malawi and then tour them everywhere else,” said Chaponda in an interview.
“Often, we see African presidents making speeches about this and that or the other. Let’s be honest, their speeches are boring as hell. We Presidents of Laughrica are going to show them how it’s done. No subject will be off limit, no taboo will not be smashed. It’s going to be crazier than the last two shows I did in Malawi because this time I brought reinforcements,” he said.
Chaponda said he roped in the services of Ncube and Salvado as they are humourous presidents.
“The two performed with me in South Africa during the African Cup of Nations and both of them impressed me with their unique style and zany hilarity. Like my two previous shows, this show will tour the rest of the world after the Malawian launch,” he said.
Ncube and Salvado are both raring to perform in Malawi for the first time.
Ncube is a Zimbabwean stand-up comedian.
“It is an awesome opportunity to come to Malawi as a comedian. I have always loved the hospitality in Malawi, this time I get to see the capital…really looking forward to that,” said the comedian.
Salvado, a professional telecommunications engineer and comedian.
“I feel blessed to be in Malawi for the very first time. I like being exposed to new cultures this broaden my general perspective about life. The people of Malawi should just be ready to laugh, for that’s what I’m good at and I usually don’t disappoint…that’s the biggest problem I have. I just pray no one in Malawi misses this show because you will get more than what you bargained for,” he said in a separate interview.
Part of the proceeds of the show will go towards fundraising for developmental projects such as Rotary and Lions clubs and The Wildlife Centre, according to local organising agent, Qabaniso Malewezi.
However, the organisers are yet to find locals who can take part in the comedy show.
Said Malewezi: “In terms of locals taking part, we are looking for some talent that will be able to entertain the whole audience and not just one group of people. This is the biggest challenge when it comes to our local comedy scene. There are a couple of people we might consider but we have to make sure that they can deliver because it is also our reputation as organisers on the line.”