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Skhumba tells us why comedy is a paying hobby for him

By Faeza
28 July 2016

SKHUMBUZO ‘Skhumba’ Hlophe gained fame as a comedian, but there's more to the man than creating punchlines he shares on TV and radio. The Kaya FM presenter says that even though he's funny by nature, he is also a serious individual who is set on growing his career.

ENJOYING HIS TALENT

The 34-year-old started doing stand-up comedy in front of a small audience in his hometown of Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, in 2007. He has come a long way. And lately, Skhumba cracks up Kaya FM listeners on the 180 with Bob Mabena for an hour on Fridays. He uses his platform on Kaya FM to tackle typical issues that affect South Africans. “I am grateful for the chances I get and opportunities that keep coming my way. Kaya FM has been

good to me, so I am not going anywhere,” says the Taxi Ride actor. “I will be a resident of the station for as long as I am needed. I love their listeners too."

A PAYING HOBBY

Before he was on radio, Skhumba was a stand-up comedian. “I am so thankful for where I am in my comedy career. I can now go to a different part of Africa and make people laugh while sending a message across.” Skhumba says comedy is a “paying hobby" for him. He has a day job as a senior human resources officer because he loves being “an employed comedian”.

BROADENING HIS HORIZONS

Skhumba says there is still a lot that he has to offer. He also says that this is his year to soar. He reveals that he will be starring in season two of comedy series, Thandeka’s Diary.

INSPIRED BY PASSION

Skhumba has also started writing scripts for adverts and comedy shows. “It is not easy but I love it and always up for a challenge,” he says. “I also believe that it’s time I fill up an arena for my stand-up comedy. This year, I will be focusing on my one-man show. Before the year ends, I will be going on a national tour to do what I do best, which is making sure that people are entertained,” says the father of two. Skhumba says his main aim is to remain relevant, which he does by never straying from his kasi roots. “I speak kasi language and express myself in a way that makes me relate to my audience,” he says,

adding, “I see a bright future for my career because I’m likeable and intelligent,” he laughs