What started out as a nationwide tour has now become a hit TV show filled with nostalgia. And even though the show, Black In My Day, is all about the rise of Mpho Popps and all the experiences that have moulded him into the man he is, the comedian says the show is about more than just him.
“Black In My Day is a play on what life was like back in the day as a black man navigating those challenges. It’s reflective of life in the hood, drawing a comparison to flourishing in the suburbs – both worlds that I found myself engulfed in,” Mpho tells DRUM. “I muse on the rising black middle class in South Africa and give them a voice.”
Recently, he caused a social media stir when he proudly posted about the show’s success and his other achievements. Mpho’s followers came to his defence when Pearl Thusi responded to his post by talking about her own achievements, but Mpho says it’s all a big misunderstanding. “Pearl and I are actually good friends; I knew the comment was a joke because that’s how we engage each other. Unfortunately, everyone took it in such a negative light,” he says.
Having found fame as the runner up of comedy talent competition, So You Think You’re Funny, Mpho (33) has certainly come a long way. He’s headlined shows from Cape Town to Canada, keeping audiences in stitches with his comedy routine. Last year he kicked off a nationwide tour of Black In My Day, which was warmly received by fans around the country.
Now the show has been turned into a TV hit for Mzansi Magic – and people can’t seem to get enough of his hilarity. But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the comedian and actor. Like many South Africans affected by the national lockdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, he tells us he’s had a rough few months.
“Not only has the lockdown affected me financially, it has also affected me emotionally, mentally, and physically. Much like everyone else my world has been turned upside down and it has been a challenging time in all fronts,” he says.
“I have been sitting at home consuming content at an incredibly high rate. I have been eating like it’s an Olympic sport, but on a more positive note, I have done a total of 32 push ups,” he jokes.
You can catch Mpho on Black In My Day, available on DStv Catch Up until 5 September