Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Basket Mouth, Others for 'Stand Up Africa' Show

Basket Mouth aka Bright Akpocha is one whose name fans say elicits laughter. The founder of Humor Unlimited will be joining other African standup comedians from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe for the 'Stand Up Africa' comedy show.

Others expected to feature at the event are Kenya's Eric Omondi whose comedy segment on television show, 'Churchill Live' has made him famous. The Radio Jambo presenter of 'Gidi na Ghost' a breakfast show won the 2011 Best Performance at the Kalasha Awards, and was Master of Ceremonies at the 2011 Chaguo laTeeniez Awards.

One of the performers is Daliso Chaponda described as Malawi's hilarious comedian with an ironic sense of humor is the brain behind two shows, 'Feed This Black Man' and 'Don't Let Them Deport Me'. He has received accolades from critics which have been springboards for his career forward. Although he lives in the United Kingdom, his fans have remained faithful to him back home as he thrills them with views of the Diaspora through the eyes of an African.

A household name in South Africa, Kagiso Lediga, among the pack to perform at the event, is reputable for his stand-up comedy. He is also an actor, producer, writer and television presenter who became famous for and starring in the SABC1 sketch comedy series 'Pure Monate Show', from 2003-2004. Lediga has performed at 'Laugh Out Loud', 'Comedy Blackout', 'Kingsize Heavyweight Comedy Jams', 'Blacks Only', 'Freshest Comedy Festival', 'Pure Monate Comedy Jam' and the 'Let Durban Laugh Festival'. He was a co-lead in the South African movie 'Bunny Chow', which won awards at the Toronto, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals. He also won the Best Actor Award at the Cape Town Film Festival.

Another is Salvado who has once performed alongside Basket Mouth in his 2012 African Kings of Comedy tour in 2012 and as MC for many of the former's shows in Kenya. The Ugandan has a huge followership on the continent and other continents.

A trained engineer, Salvado quit his job for comedy and has no regrets on the decision. About a year after this move, he was performing in high profiled events across the globe.

Once featured on CNN's 'African Voices' where he was referred to as the 'New face of Zimbabwean Comedy', another performer at the event is Carl Ncube who broke grounds on the Zimbabwean comedy scene with his debut one-man show 'Carl Joshua Ncube's Big Announcement'. This earned him first place as Zimbabwe's biggest stand up comedian. Regarded as an innovator; Ncube is constantly pushing boundaries in multimedia forays and is currently on a quest to take his version of Zimbabwe to the world.

This is the second edition of the show billed for February 1st and 2nd, 2013 at the Lyric Theater in Johannesburg, South Africa.

'Stand Up Africa' is a comedy showcase that highlights some of Africa's most entertaining comedians.

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