They make hilarious comedy skits that South Africans can relate to. There's nothing they don't make fun of. The girl next door, the Xhosa mom and ever other character they might bump into on any day. vividly mimicking everyday characters.
Athi Mgoqo and Khanyisa Madubula are here to bring every character imaginable to life through their content creation. Their viral work has earned them thousands of followers each on social media.
Athi Mgoqo (27) was born and raised in Gqeberha.She studied screen acting and live performance at AFDA. She says the idea of her comedy skits came during the early days on lockdown last year. She found herself making videos impersonating different characters.
“I moved to Johannesburg to pursue my career in the music industry, and I went to corporate for two years before going into sales. Things changed during the lockdown when I started missing entertainment and because we were all sitting at home, I started making random videos for social media,” she tells DRUM.
She went viral after doing a TikTok a reaction video to how different mothers would react if their sons were caught smoking marijuana on school premises. She has been trending ever since and currently has 55.5K followers on Instagram and thousands more on other social media platforms.
Athi does not refer to herself as a comedian but she acknowledges that she has been blessed with a gift to make people laugh.
“My friends have always told me that I am funny, I think I’m multi-faceted in the work that I do. I have a musical background as well as acting. I ultimately would love to enter into acting eventually, but I first want to build myself and understand the kind of brand I am building.”
In 2016 Athi released a song featuring Nigerian artist Patoranking and it did incredibly well. She says that one day she would love to go back to making music, but acting has always been her first love.
“I would love to get a break in acting as it’s always been my first love and hopefully pursue it abroad also. I have big hopes for what I can achieve”.
Athi has been collaborating with brands and is now able to monetise her content creation because of the support of South Africans.
“I don’t want to change because of money, I try to stay as true to my brand as I possibly can. One wrong move can finish you in the industry, I try to cater to my followers because they follow me because of a certain character that I portray and because I can tap into different at any time and still be relatable.”
She is also a mother to a 5-year-old girl that she describes as the naughtiest little girl she has ever seen, Athi also has a medical condition called scoliosis that affects the spine, but she has not let it prevent it from being sporty and active.
On the other side, Khanyisa Madubula (27) is based in Cape Town. Khanyisa studied travelling and tourism but currently works as a content creator and social media manager.
Khanyisa is a proud member of the LGBTQI+ community and uses the pronouns they and them.
They have made viral videos on social media from the typical Xhosa mom to the different characters that we may interact with in our everyday life. They currently have 15.9K followers on Instagram and have won the hearts of South Africans through their videos.
“I grew up a very shy child but as I grew comfortable in different environments, I became bubblier. I am currently a mix between being an introvert and an extrovert. The support that I am getting from people has been amazing, social media is tricky, but I have only received beautiful support. People are always affirming me; they have been so assuring that the work I put in is not in vain. The content I make taps into the emotional side of people and they receive it well,” Khanyisa tells DRUM.
“My characters are not based on anyone close to me, and especially not my mother. It's characters I create myself through observation outside of home.”
When they are not making funny videos, Khanyisa has a love for sunglasses, and they might venture into making sunglasses.
“I own sunglasses in all the colours you can imagines, I might open up my own sunglass shop, outside of the person I am on social media, I am a normal person who enjoys whisky. I also would like to travel the world just to eat the different types of meat in the world”.
Khanyi and Athi recently met while working on a campaign for a brand and they shared deep adoration for one another as they are both black creatives finding their feet in entertainment.
“Khanyi and I bonded instantly when we met face to face. The chemistry between us came so naturally I think that they are an amazing person. I am glad that we are able to build together and support each other, I think Khanyi is really amazing,” Athi tells us.
“We met at a campaign and from there and then we have been laughing together. And we only met recently, we clicked, and it has become something very amazing,” Khanyisa adds.