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01/10/2014 00:00:00
by Showbiz Reporter
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ZIMBABWEAN stand-up comedian, Carl Joshua Ncube will headline a five-city tour of Australia with one of Africa's leading funny man, Basketmouth, in November. 

The tour, dubbed the African Comedy Festival, will see the African comics invade Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

The first show will be held in Perth at the Scillian Club Balcatta on November 7, followed by another show the next day at Collingwood Town Hall, Abbotsford in Melbourne.

The comedy festival will roll into Sydney on November 9 at Bowman Hall in Blacktown.

Brisbane will get the chance to laugh out loud on November 11 when the Mansfield Tavern hosts Ncube and Basketmouth.

Curtians will come down in Adelaide on November 13 with a show at The Governor Hindmarsh.

The two top comedians will be supported by a selection of Aussie based African comedians who include Low-Cutt, Chiaka, King B, Magician, Vivian, B'Cole and Jackson Nero.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, the Harare-based comedian confirmed the upcoming tour Down Under.

"Basketmouth and I have been asked to do a 5 city tour of Australia in November in a new product called the African Comedy Festival. I have never been to Australia so it’s an exciting time in my career," the ribcracker said.

This year has been an eventful one for Ncube, comedy wise, as he has performed at various comedy festivals around Africa.

He finally made his debut at this year's edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts and also performed at the Soweto International Comedy Festival, AE/GAMS festival in Namibia and he is fresh from performing at the Kings and Queens of Comedy Africa in South Africa.

Ike Anyiam of IAMIKE Entertainment, the Australian based company who organised the show told this publication that they established the new comedy brand "to create an experience that is more fun, enjoyable and cuts across age barriers."

Anyiam said they selected household names to headline the debut show.

"Basketmouth is a household brand in Africa. I read recently in just laugh.com that he was voted the second best comedian in Africa. If I want to organise an event that everyone would associate with, it has to be a household name.


"Secondly, I wanted to give the entire African community a feel that this event is targeted to theme, not just people from the West," he said.

On Carl Ncube, Anyiam said: "I needed someone from the South and judging by the demographics, I wanted to get Carl.

“He is a household name in Zimbabwe and known in the South. The two of them together solidify the theme of the event, which is an event for all African and anyone could attend and have a fun experience."

Born Bright Okpocha, Basketmouth is one of Nigeria's leading stand-up comedians. He made his comedy debut at the age of 15 while still donning his secondary school uniform.

He has since grown to be a household name not only in his country but throughout Africa and has won several comedy awards. He is popularly known for his one man show, Basketmouth Uncesn

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