Fact: Michael Morapedi, aka Dignash, is the ultimate and undisputed king of comedy. The man is good; comedy is in his blood. Dignash is one of those comedians who do not even have to try to be funny, he just oozes laughter.
All he has to do is look at the audience and people break out in giggles before he even says anything.
He cemented his legacy as the rightful king of comedy at the recent 7th annual Kings of Comedy show, which he has successfully staged over the past 6 years.
The erstwhile Dignash, who has never disappointed, can only get better with time. When it was time for his act, Dignash made a grand entrance, gliding across the crowded Maitisong Hall with Miss Botswana’s first and second princesses on his side.
“These are the kind of people I roll with nowadays. Bo senior girls ba a lapisa, ba tletse dipotsonyana,” he said, amidst fits of laughter from an over enthusiastic crowd.
Even royalty attended the great Dignash’s show. The president’s younger brother; Member of Parliament for Serowe North West, Tshekedi Khama, and Specially-Elected Member of Parliament, Vincent Seretse, were all in stitches.
There were five local comedians on the stage: the easy going Rib Cracker, who is truly hilariously funny, especially with his deadpan deliveries; Jacob Tshweneyagae, who performed in Setswana throughout his whole performance; the famous corky boy from Molepolole, Losika Luzboy Seboni, and Mod.
The South African comedians included two first timers to Botswana, amongst them, Robby Collins, who made jokes about the differences between coloured people, black people and white people.
“It was so good to get out of South-Africa. I have never been anywhere. I was so excited when I was coming over here, so much so that I called my grandmother and told her I was going overseas. I was so excited until I found out your president was coloured,” quipped Collins.
Another first timer, Induniso Lindi, also impressed the audience with his impersonations of how girls act when they follow the ideals expressed in popular songs. He also made jokes about Zulu singers.
“Does anybody know that Beyonce song, Single Ladies? I hate that song. The ladies have turned it into an anthem even when you tell a girl you like her shoes, she would be like: “If you like it then you should put a ring on it. Haibo!”said Lindi.
Meanwhile, famous South African comedian, Kedibonye Mulaudzi, also made his presence felt making fun of the people in the cheap seats, valued at P350.
With over 6 years experience in the comedy scene, Mulaudzi has performed all over Africa, in countries such as Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia and Botswana. It’s easy to see why he has such an impressive resume; the man takes comedy in his stride. He stands funny, looks funny and talks funny.
He talked about how black people in Southern Africa would call their children names looking at the environment they were in, especially in South Africa.
“In a low-class settlement in South Africa, you are likely to find a child called Xenophobia Khumalo or Cash Heist Mulale.
“You know what they say about how you can take a black person out of the ghetto but you can’t take the ghetto out of the black person. Well, go to the high class families, you will find a child called Double-Garage Themba, Swimmingpool Nkosi or Overdraft Mbeki,” said Mulaudzi.
Nevertheless, good as Dignash was, the man who no doubt stole this year’s comedy show was white South-African ventriloquist; Conrad Koch. Conrad has worked in the UK and Australia. He is also a frequent guest at corporate functions in SA. It is said that he is constantly booked for South-Africa’s biggest entertainment events, amongst them, 5FM Heavyweight Comedy Jams, Night of 100 stars, Smirnoff International Comedy Festival, Oppikoppi Music Festival, South African comedy festival in London and others.
He referred to Khama as “the only white man” in Botswana. His stage acts were both interactive and random. He brought along his two pet friends, evil Ronny and his coloured counterpart, Chester.
He was also able to pull up on stage two men from the audience whom he used as puppets acts. He called upon a certain gentleman who sat in the VIP section and made him the butt of all jokes, as the South-African comedians all referred to him as Julius Malema, which just goes to show that it is dangerous to sit in the front row when at comedy shows.