It can get tricky and awkward to try keep a straight face during a conversation with award-winning comedian Summary, real name Thabo Kgaphola.
“How are you?” we ask.
“I appreciate the glow, I am glowing, I am handsome. I was not like this because I had nothing. I had no food and no clothes while growing up in a shack in Orange Farm,” Summary says.
A lot of good things have happened to him since he started out. It hasn't been easy but he loves every moment of his job.
So much so that he's filled his whole Instagram with content that's guaranteed to make one laugh.
He believes he's the "funniest person God has ever made", which is why he jokes about anything and everything he experiences or sees.
What would be your ideal job be outside of comedy?
I think God forgot to give me a singing voice. I would have probably been those who made people cry (he belts out an RnB song). Or a dancer, something on stage.
What is the most embarrassing thing that can happen on stage?
Performing to a crowd that does not laugh. Yoh! You feel like parents were right that you should have a back up plan and do something on the side. Silence when you are trying to get people to laugh is painful. Imagine performing at party for people who are in a dancing mood.
How do you deal with the rejection?
I always remember my why. I want to make people laugh and happy until there is an ambulance called because people need CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). It is the most difficult thing to break-through, but I did not care how long it took me. I knew that I would die trying. I know I am funny. I do not care if you don’t laugh on a particular day when I am on stage. I am the funniest person, the best there is, the best there was, the best there will ever be, so I keep going even after those bad moments.
What is the reaction when you tell people about what you do?
I do not tell them because you will be hearing someone say, 'oh you didn’t make me laugh. Make me laugh now,' then I must look like a Popeye trying to actually get them to laugh at that moment.
What inspires your comedy material?
As a person who grew up poor, happiness was my ticket to escaping anything else. I make stupid and simplest jokes. From culture, to family situations. It is everyday things and gives people a chance to laugh at themselves. I do not do sexual content and profanity. I hardly ever do that unless there is a certain joke that requires me to add a bit of that. I try to stay away from that though.
Have you ever offended anyone while making a joke?
Everyday on-stage I guess. But off-stage, when I realise that things are tense for someone I would notice and then apologise because every joke comes from a good place so it is not an intentional thing to hurt somehow. So, if that is the case, I will apologise then.
Best audience for you?
An audience that appreciates comedy. I do not like doing club gigs because there is not a focus or genuine interest. I always tell people to stop doing comedy everywhere if they want to be respected.
How do you feel when you look at the progress made?
Sometimes you need to sit down and appreciate life. Knowing that I have always felt like a star, I am grateful that I am doing who I am.