Comedy returns to the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) as one of South Africa’s top comedians Riaad Moosa takes to the stage on Sunday November 27. The award-winning comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and producer is set to share the stage with his countryman Simmi Areff and Botswana’s very own Phenyo “The Master” Phaladi.
A qualified medical doctor, the SA Indian born Moosa is famous for his performance in stand-up comedy and acting than his antics in the emergency room. He starred as Ahmed Kathrada in Anant Singh’s Oscar nominated movie Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom.
But it was his role in the internationally acclaimed movie Material that he made his mark in the film industry. He won the SAFTA (South African Film and Television Award) Best Actor for his role in the movie.
The 2013 comedy Doctor’s Orders was also by one of his best featuring. He has performed to a total audience of at least 35 000 people across Africa. His Strictly Halaal and For the Baracka were also a success both on stage and on DVD.
Areff is rated as one of one of the up and coming comedians in SA. He has toured extensively throughout SA doing gigs in small towns. Areff has opened for Moosa before.
Phaladi is also one of the funniest and most active comedians to come out of Botswana. He always brings clean, high energy, fun and clever comedy to any stage banking on the absurd, ridiculous and unbelievable. Phaladi had a great performance in South Africa at the monthly Tips & Friends show in 2015 where he got a standing ovation. He was also well received at the 2016 Mahikeng Comedy Jam. He was also invited as one of the chosen few Africans to represent Botswana at the biggest comedy awards in Africa, the Savanna Comics Choice Awards, where shared the stage with the creme de la creme of African comedy such as Nigeria’s Basketmouth, Mdura from Swaziland, Mbeu “Snooze” Kambuwa from Malawi and Ghana’s David Aglah.
His first burst into the limelight was when he entered the President’s Day Competitions in 2010 and got position three at regional level. The following year he tried again and only lost out at the national competitions, and it was then that he decided to follow his passion for comedy on a full time basis.
“Following the 2011 competitions Major Moves Comedy took me under their wing and featured me at their many tours throughout the country,” he told Lifestyle earlier this year. He shot his first DVD, One Man Show, in January 2016, at Pavilion Restaurant (Fairgrounds Holdings).
Tickets for the GICC event go for P350 each at all Computicket outlets in Gaborone.