Renowned comedian Skhumba Hlophe
’s has made a living out of making people laugh, but there was once a time when his finances were no laughing matter.
The funnyman reflected on his journey to stardom in a recent interview with Move!
He told the publication that when he started his professional stand-up career in 2009, he earned peanuts – R100 a gig to be exact.
Fast-forward to 2015 and Skhumba finally made name for himself on the comedy circuit. His fee jumped from a measly R100 to R8 000 per gig.
Not bad for a man who once bribed his friends with beer to attend a stand-up show he put together for his neighbourhood in 2007
What did he do with his first big paycheque? Skhumba bought his grandmother, Qhamkile Hlophe, a microwave. While his mother and sisters got a new TV. Skhumba’s gift to himself was a pair of Nike sneakers. His good deeds also extend outside of his family.
Skhumba hosted a string of comedy shows to celebrate his birthday in August this year and used the proceeds to buy wheelchairs for those in need.
Despite becoming a household name, the Trippin’ with Skhumba star does not plan on taking it easy.
His wife Dibakiso Moloi and their children Nikiwe, Ali-Bongwe, and Sinakhokonke are the reason he continues to work hard.
“I’m grateful for my children and my family every day. I have dark days, like everyone else. But I always reflect at how far I’ve come and what I’ve overcome, and I know tomorrow is another day,” he told the publication.
Some of his comedy shows included funny stories about his relationship with his wife, which means he sometimes has to talk about their private affairs.
“If the audience doesn’t laugh, then she won’t eat. It’s that simple,” he teased.
Thankfully, Skhumba does not have to worry about putting food on the table.
When he is not hosting a stand-up comedy show he is co-hosting Kaya FM’s Good Friday breakfast show with Ndumiso Ngcobo. He has also hosted TV shows and acted in a comedy and drama series.