Bold, brave and beyond hilarious comedian Lindy Johnson shares her story

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Only 28 years old, this tenacious talent is booked and busy and beyond hilarious. Not forgetting incredibly bold and brave. Photo: Laila Majiet/City Press
Only 28 years old, this tenacious talent is booked and busy and beyond hilarious. Not forgetting incredibly bold and brave. Photo: Laila Majiet/City Press

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When you’re destined for greatness, nothing and no one can stand in your way – not even a global pandemic.

This rings true for comedic sensation Lindy Johnson.

Only 28 years old, this tenacious talent is booked and busy and beyond hilarious. Not forgetting bold and brave.

Lindy stays winning

“I didn’t think stand-up comedy could be a career, so I didn’t bother,” she told City Press.

But a campus competition in 2017 propelled her onto the stage and she hasn’t looked back since.

“I came second in the competition. Rob van Vuuren was hosting the competition. He said: ‘Here’s where you need to go. You need to do stand-up comedy.’

“I dropped out and got a job at a stationery store. I started commuting from Paarl to Cape Town so that I could do stand-up comedy before getting a job at a production company,” Johnson recalled.

It wasn’t long after that when she took the leap to Johannesburg.

“I wanted to be more than just a Cape Town comedian. I want to be more than just where I come from.”

She’s been in Johannesburg for three years and spent most of that time in a rigid lockdown that wreaked havoc on the comedy industry.

With an undeniable funny bone, her perseverance has seen her rise to the top after moving to the City of Gold without a job or an agent – only a dream.

“I moved to Joburg the year before Covid. So, it was amazing and then it was the worst time of my life.

“For like two seconds, all the opportunities were there and then the next second, nothing. I didn’t know if I could stay in Joburg or go back to Paarl.”

Moving back however was not an option for Johnson.

“I can take many rejections, but I can’t go back home with my tail between my legs. It was a point of telling myself that I am a woman, I can take care of myself. The sense of pride that gives me is worth more than anything.”

Having a strong support system is what helped carry her through.

Two people who shaped her journey are her agent, Kate Goliath, and fellow comedian and friend, Yaaseen Barnes.

Johnson says she attributes her success partly to their support, guidance and encouragement.

The award-winning comedian is split between a nationwide comedy tour and an exciting all-woman powerhouse comedy show she also worked on the Roast of Khanyi Mbau.

Representation matters

Growing up, the representation of coloured people in the media was limited to stereotypes, Johnson recalls.

For this reason as well as to ensure the youth, especially young girls, know that they can be whatever they dream, representation is critical.

“When I was growing up, there was one kind of coloured person on TV – well-spoken, Afrikaans and light-skinned person. I never felt like I was a part of the coloured community because I never saw that representation.

“It’s so important, especially for coloured girls, to see that you don’t have to fit into the box they put you in.

“Travelling South Africa has shown me that South Africans don’t know coloured people aside from the stabbings, the teeth, and the basic s**t they saw in a 2002 Leon Schuster movie.”

A celebration of being woman

Every month is a good month for an all-woman powerhouse line-up. But, what better month than Women’s Month?

Laugh Mosadi is going to be like a women’s gathering in the club bathroom, Johnson says.

Expect an evening of laughing so hard it hurts.

“You can expect funny. It’s probably going to be explicit. When all of us women get together and get comfortable, there’s that level of girls in the club bathroom. There’s massive love and massive jokes.”

Hosted by Tumi Morake, Laugh Mosadi features Johnson alongside Angel Campey, Nina Hastie, Lihle Msimang and Khanyisa Bunu.

Laugh Mosadi is on at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace on  August 13 at 8pm.


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