Chit Chat: Chris Mapane

2012-06-01 13:24

What does it take to be a comedian?
Jokes and clean socks, so you can feel fresh.

When and how did you discover your sense of humour?
While hosting poetry sessions at Wits University in 2006.

I was not aware until my friend Thabang Kgasane, whom I grew up with, saw me.

After having watched The Steve Harvey DVD, he told me I have to try it.

I did, it worked and I never looked back.

Do you have any holy cows?

I’d say the Muslim religion, mainly because we are scared of them.

Who is your favourite person to poke fun at?

Whoever is making the news at the time, but it has to be positive.

My comedy is more about embracing, rather than looking for failures or downfalls.

Have you ever said anything on stage and later regretted it?
Nope, not that I can remember.

Is Richard Pryor the greatest comedian of all time?
Yes, he is. Richard Pryor is like the Mandela of comedy.

He went to jail for saying things we say now without any fear.

What’s the funniest joke you’ve heard about Zahara?
Problems South Africans have to deal with are e-toll, petrol and Zahara.

Besides sex and race, what are the staples of your comedy?
Shades, diketo and Zahara.

What do you think SA comedy needs right now?
It needs to be exposed to more people, especially in small towns outside Gauteng.

You are known for your energy on stage. Is that how you separate yourself from the rest?
I have a great interaction with the audience and I freestyle a lot with things I pick up from the show I would be doing.

I properly relate with whoever I’m performing for.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
In 2007, I was supposed to be on stage for five minutes.

I killed it for the first two and a half minutes, and then it went quiet.

They were just staring at me. I stayed for another minute trying to get them back.

Nothing happened, so I put the mic down and ran off stage.

I stayed away for six months.

What’s the best thing about growing up in the Free State? And the worst?
Best thing is that I come from a small town there, which is easy to be the first to do anything – like doing comedy, taking a flight.

The worst is that the chances of hitting it off with a white woman are zero to none.

Zimbabwe will probably have a white president first.

How far will you go with your acting skills after starring in Taxi Ride?

I am a comedy actor, so I will do anything I feel is funny or where I have a right to put my comedy skills, especially as a writer.

I want to do more movies, comedy skits, campaigns and the like.

How would you like to be remembered?

I just want to make people laugh.

Nna nkashwa.

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