Malawian-born standup comedian Daliso Chaponda says he is set to represent his African roots at the world comic stage.
Malawi’s rich talent was yet again confirmed last Saturday during the Britain’s Got Talent show 2017 finals when Chaponda moved the mountains with his side-splitting jokes.
Despite finishing third, Chaponda impressed on the competitive show and went away with a prestigious golden buzzer award from one of the judges, Amanda Holden for his mouth-watering jokes.
Britain’s Got Talent is the United Kingdom’s (UK) biggest television talent competition (ahead of The X Factor and The Voice UK). The reality TV competition started in April 2006 and originated from the Got Talent franchise.
Throughout the show, contestants perform in front of the judges. During this year’s show, which was held last Saturday, Malawi’s Chaponda (currently in Manchester) impressed a panel of four judges plus the audience.
Chaponda, who combined his African roots with his experiences of living in Britain to create a hilarious routine, said he is set to put Malawi and Africa on the global map.
“Getting to the final is a win in my eyes because I can now tour my jokes plus appearing on shows. This has been a wonderful roller coaster. Thanks Britain’s Got Talent. It has brought me a huge audience who I will now pummel frequently with jokes,” he said.
Goes one of his hilarious jokes: “I heard a lot of people talking about the financial crisis. I am from Africa – what are you talking about?
“You’ll have a financial crisis when this chav will have to walk five miles a day to get a bottle of WKD blue.”
The UK’s Sun reported that his jokes had the panel in fits of laughter, with Amanda giving out her infamous cackle on a number of occasions.
After finishing his routine, the audience chanted for one of the judges to hit the golden buzzer and put Daliso straight through to the semi-finals.
A 23-year-old pianist Tokio Myers was named winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent and went away with £250 000 and an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance.
Usually, the winner of each series of the Britain’s Got Talent is given the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of members of the British Royal Family, including either the queen or the prince. n