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Carl Joshua Ncube starts Feel Good Zimbabwe tour

25/07/2014 00:00:00
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ZIMBABWE’S leading stand-up comedian, Carl Joshua Ncube, will traverse the country in an ambitious tour that will see him tour over 15 cities and towns over the next two months.

Dubbed Feel Good Zimbabwe Stand Up Comedy Tour, the excursion will kick off in the capital on August 1 and end in Bulawayo on 5 September. 

Other towns included on the trip include Norton, Kwekwe, Kadoma, Gweru, Hwange, Victoria Falls, Domboshawa, Kariba, Karoi, Bindura, Mutare, Chimanimani and Masvingo. 

During the tour, the top comedian hopes to establish regular comedy clubs, scout for new talent and record his shows for a television series and for DVD distribution.

“We will be travelling in a branded bus as well which is an exciting development. This will make Zimbabwe Stand Up Comedy stand out as well as give corporates yet another way to reach their intended markets," says Ncube.

So far, Carl and other comedians in the country have successfully managed to start comedy nights around the country including in areas such as Norton, Masvingo, Gweru, Bulawayo and Harare.

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Ncube’s tour will to add to the great work also being done by Simuka Comedy and Umahlekisa by helping unearth new and fresh talent around the country.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, the rib cracker said the Feel Good Zimbabwe brand was created after he realised that his craft had a feel good appeal.

"When I was in hospital at the end of last year, I realised that in Zimbabwe we tend to focus on the negative that surrounds us as opposed to the positive we can create,” said Ncube.

“So the tour in summary seeks to create a positive feeling around the country for a time.”

Carl intends to hold a talent search trying to find new comedians in Zimbabwe as well as giving them advice and tips through workshops and giving some new faces the opportunity to open for his shows on tour.

He will also be travelling, in some instances, with man of the moment Q as well as Courage (Namibian-based Zimbabwean comedian) and Long John.



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"The new comedy clubs will be managed by the bars themselves. We will mobilise on the marketing and sponsorship. The same way I have done the tour is the same way I will manage the clubs around the country," said Ncube adding, "We have tested the formula so far with monthly Gweru, Mutare and Masvingo comedy nights. "

In addition, Ncube says that this comedy tour is meant to help him develop new material for a series of international engagements to South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada later this year.

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The Feel Good Zimbabwe tour will allow the comedian to compile the best sets from the national shows onto DVD so that he has a great advert for Zimbabwe when he goes on his international tour.

Ncube believes it is important for development of comedy that they establish a comedy circuit that will give local comedians the ability to grow through travel something Ncube believes has had a huge impact on his stand-up comedy. 

“Stand-up comedy is all about experiences and meeting different people, performing to varied audiences can only improve you as a stand-up comic,” he said.

“It has been my dream to have comedy clubs around the country for a while now and I am just happy I have been afforded the opportunity to do so.

“I am encouraged that hotels, bars and even houseboats have been very receptive to my intentions and I expect the comedy sector will benefit immensely from this endorsement.”

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