Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
OVER 50 comedians will alternate under one roof when the three-day Simuka Comedy Festival roars into life on November 26.
Now in its second edition, the festival will be held at Reps Theatre in Belgravia under the theme “Free Voice, Take Charge.”
In a statement, Victor “Doc Vikela” Mpofu said it was all systems go for the festival.
“Simuka Comedy Festival 2021 is a hybrid event that will witness over 50 comedians from all over Zimbabwe converging for the second edition of the annual 3-day comedy fete to explore and broaden indigenous inflections that make up comedy in Zimbabwe.
“The methodology to be embraced for the festival will be sectoral dialogic engagement, a collaboration between seasoned performers, novices and administrators who are active practitioners of comedy,” he said.
Doc Vikela said this year’s edition would be curated in three parts to give fans variety.
“The festival is curated to run as both a workshop and performance platform for comedians over three days namely;
“Farai-Day 26th November (We are dedicating this happy day to our growing complement of talented female comedians in partnership with Sekesai collective and primarily made possible by Moto Republik. The main attraction among other activities will be the Divas comedy night headlined by the inimitable rising star comedienne Munya Guramatunhu.)
“Satire-Day 27th November (Will be an all-out propagation of satire as a type/form of comedy made primarily possible by the partnership with Magamba Network which will see a host of activities culminating in festival headline event featuring comedy veterans – the crazy Doc Vikela, the hilarious Clive Chigubu, unapologetically funny Ntando Van Moyo and the trailblazing young blood Long John).
“Sunny-Day 28th November (A Day in the sun, comedy deserves it too and we go all out to celebrate comedy in every form). The night will see the last bit of the festival dubbed “Third Wave” comedy show, featuring Kadem the Comic of the Captain Tito fame; Tinaye also known to masses as Constable; Ckanyiso Datguy popularly known as Buju and Mandla Da Comedian the “Watondikanganwa” Robert Mugabe impersonator,” he said.
To ensure that there is variety during the fete, live bands will also perform at the show.
“The three-day festival will stage six live stand-up comedy shows, two comedy workshops for beginners, online comedy symposium, a funny talk series, six videos skits & an online comedy indaba.
“The overarching aim is for there to be cross-fertilization of ideas and opening of comedy markets.
“The festival presents a gateway to creating a sustainable Zimbabwean Comedy circuit, where artists from Zimbabwe work together to grow the economic potential of comedy and the quality of acts across Zimbabwe.
“What is of particular is that the Festival Director, Doc Vikela, is a well-respected youthful practitioner of stand-up comedy and mentor to a host of comedians in Zimbabwe.”
Simuka Comedy, now ably led by a team of young comedians, was co-founded by Victor Tinashe Mpofu (Doc Vikela) and Simba Kakora (Simba The Comic King) in June 201.
This year they will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in style and has attracted a host of esteemed partners.
Online events will be livestreamed on the Simuka Comedy Facebook and YouTube channels with the channel, event organisers told H-Metro & Entertainment & lifestyle.