Lesego Tlhabi on Coconut Kelz, TrendingSA and everything she's working on

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Lesego Tlhabi speaks about her and Coconut Kelz. Photo: Instagram
Lesego Tlhabi speaks about her and Coconut Kelz. Photo: Instagram

It's only a couple of months into the year and one of SA's funniest women Lesego Tlhabi already has a full plate.

Everything she’s manifested is coming to life, she tells Drum.

The sometimes controversial internet sensation is now on TrendingSA and her alter ego, Coconut Kelz has landed a spot on a Showmax show.

“I’ve always wanted to do the things I’m doing now.”

Joining the SABC 3 talk show, TrendingSA is something she's doing for herself, as Lesego. “I’ve always wanted to be part of a talk show because I’m very opinionated and love discussing matters that are topical and affect society. This is what I do with my friends.”

Since Elma Smit and Refiloe Mpakanyane exited the show, Coconut Kelz joined by Mo Flava and LootLove have taken their places on the presenting panel of Trending SA season six.

The comedian enjoys every minute of the talk show.

Read more: ‘It’s like, so much fun’ – Lesego Tlhabi on her vlogging sensation Coconut Kelz | Drum (news24.com)

“This was something that I specifically asked for. I’ve always envisioned myself hosting a talk show so it’s very exciting,” she says. “I separate Coconut Kelz from Lesego which helps my audience on the show take me seriously. They have had no problem separating the two.” 

Coconut Kelz is a living, breathing parody, who is a white woman stuck in a black woman’s body created by Lesego. Kelz is not afraid of flaunting her privilege and opinion.

Lesego rose to stardom after making an appearance as Coconut Kelz on Carte Blanche, joining Devi Sankaree Govender as she showed the world the world Kelz’s big and opinionated personality.

Kelz is just as booked and busy as Lesego is and has landed herself a role in a Showmax original series Tali’s Baby Diary.

Tali’s Baby Diary is a follow-up to the 2017 Showmax Original comedy series Tali’s Wedding Diary.

From the creators of Suzelle DIY, Tali’s Wedding Diary stars Julia Anastasopoulos as Tali, a Johannesburg princess who is on the road to the altar. At the time the series set the record for the most first-day views on Showmax.

Tali’s Baby Diary is set for release on 26 February on Showmax and follows Tali’s shift from Instagram influencer into a momfluencer as she prepares to have a baby.

“Kelz got to meet her best friend Tali,” Lesego tells Drum.

“I studied theatre and drama so acting was always something I wanted to get into. I spoke to the team Tali’s Baby Diary about possibly working together and it seemed like something that may be in the pipelines but I never expected it to be so soon. 

“I really enjoyed shooting the show. I was really fun. Working with comedians on se everyday was great,” she says.

And that's not all. Lesego is also shooting a show for SABC 1, Djing and working on perfecting her other crafts.

Read more: Meet comedian Summary, the 'funniest man God ever created' | Drum (news24.com)

She’s worked as a scriptwriter, producer and DJ since returning to SA in 2014 and has been a content producer for V Entertainment, contributing to such shows as All Access Mzansi and Squad Deep on MTV Base.

“My 5-year plan is to write, produce and act in movies. I’ve always had dreams and desires of doing this. When time allows I would love to start a Youtube channel which will give people the opportunity to get to know Lesego better,” she adds.

“The key to being good at one thing is making sure you perfect your craft. Take everything seriously. Turn your hobby into a career by exploring the things you think are a hobby and perfecting them. I don’t have a side hustle, everything is my main hustle."

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