Salute The Comics!

Mzansi's new age male comedians.

By  | Mar 08, 2019, 05:03 PM

The comedy scene in South Africa has grown in more ways than one. This particular fraction within the entertainment industry has produced a diverse trailblazing batch of comedians who have taken it up a notch by redefining the conventions of comedy. It is through these comedians that we have learnt to appreciate various forms of comedy, which include, dry comedy, political satire, dark comedy, cringe comedy and many other genres.

The growth of comedy has also found a slot in television, with iconic shows such as The Pure Monate Show keeping us in stitches with their fresh take on comedy back then. But fast forward to 2016, lovers of comedy were treated to another comedy hit show, The Bantu Hour on SABC 2. The star studded cast gave stellar performances of their skits.

This piece shines the spotlight on modern age type of comedians. These are comics that have stretched the comedy industry and have reinvented it so as to keep its relevancy whilst still evolving as an art form.

A batch of male comedians have been selected as they have taken the baton and ran with this, now viable art form and in the process have cemented their names onto the history books of comedy in South Africa and beyond.

1. Skhumba Hlophe

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Loyal viewers of SABC 1 may have caught a glimpse of his impressive work on Thandeka's Diary, portraying the character of Bheki Zulu and Throwback Thursday as the host of the evening show. Skhumba Hlophe is Tembisa's pride and joy and has worked tirelessly to cement his name across South Africa. His style of comedy is mainly observational around his surrounding in life, as that helps him to be more relatable and authentic to his audience. Trippin With Skhumba is currently on Showmax and it seems people are loving it.

2. Loyiso Madinga

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Loyiso Madinga left a stable career in advertising before fully committing himself to the world of comedy. This brave move has definitely paid off as he was roped in to be Africa's correspondent to The Daily Show, which is hosted by fellow comic and South African, Trevor Noah. Loyiso is currently promoting his upcoming show, Problem Child, which is set to kickstart later in March.

3. Mojak Lehoko

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Holding down the number three spot is the talented, Mojak Lehoko. This comic has been quietly making big moves in his illustrious career, who has been widely described as a triple threat, actor, writer and comedian, all of which he nails effortlessly. Mojak has previously revealed that he enjoys literature, and it is quite evident in his delivery on stage.

4. Schalk Bezuidenhout

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Schalk is another trailblazing comedian in South Africa. Having dipped his fingers in the acting scene, this Kempton Park born comedian is surely stretching his talents. A more serious move was made from his end after being cast as a lead in Afrikaans coming of age drama film, Kanarie. His fun persona makes him easily relatable and his legion of fans love him for that.

5. Mpho Popps

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Most reality show stars can attest to the fact that it is almost impossible to gain traction after exiting the show, but Mpho has successfully risen to the top after making it to the top four on SABC 1's So You Think You're Funny. This is another local comedian that has cut his teeth into acting as he was part of the lead cast on Mzansi Magic's, Ayeye.

6. Robby Collins

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Rounding it off, is the supremely talented Robby Collins. His tenure as a comedian has seen him travel all over the world - showcasing just how brilliant he is.

The comedy scene in South Africa keeps growing in leaps and bounds therefore it is safe to predict that the future of comedy is one that will most likely remain hugely viable and sustainable for future comics to come.

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