Saturday, January 23, 2021

Writing a joke is no joke, says Maitisong comedians

“If ever one finds themselves the butt of our routine, ope a seke a tsaya sepe ka mafatlha,” don’t take it personally, says Bafana Letsatsi, one of Maitisong Comedy Club’s remaining founding members. “We are only doing our job, re itshetsa ka lona,” he says daringly.

Bafana, who has adopted the handle ‘Ribcracker’, added, “However, some of the personalities seem to enjoy being in our comedy routines, because they stay in the news, and not for noble reasons either.”

Ribcracker and a new member of the club, Modiri ‘Mod’ Keseabetswe, talked about the material for their act with Sunday Standard this week.

“To us, the audience is king,” says Mod, “The content depends on them. One needs to learn the audience and spice up their routine to suit that particular group.”

Bafana says, “Writing a joke is no joke.” He says. “We aren’t storytellers, ga re utlwe ka batho, re a ipelega,” (we perform our own material). This is true stand up comedy.” Taking me through the process of writing a joke, they say that in a brainstorming session, they take a subject and then make general points about it before putting the fun in it.”

The comics’ mentor, Kedibone Mulaudzi, who is also the founder of Nu Breed Comedy Club in South Africa, still trains them on periodic trips to South Africa, where they then perform alongside seasoned comedians in South Africa’s vibrant comedy circuit.
“South Africa’s scene is advanced,” Bafana echoes a previous interview.
The scene is so huge that some comedians get away with performing two year old material, Modiri sys shaking his head in disapproval.

“We watched a live set by comics that we really enjoyed; we bought his DVD from two years ago only to find the very same material.” Modiri said.

On the 26th of April they will appear in Francistown for a show that they have dubbed 15%.

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