By Timo Shihepo
WINDHOEK- NAMIBIA-based Zimbabwean comedian Courage Gondo will humour his fans on a nationwide comedy tour in December, he has announced.
Known by his fans as ‘Courage the Comedian’, Gondo says the tour would be preceded by what he dubbed as the biggest stand-up comedy show of the year, titled “The Nambabwean”.
The show was pencilled in for Friday, November 18 at the National Theatre of Namibia. A live DVD recording will see some segments from the show played on Gondo’s nationwide tour.
“I have so much confidence that people will come out in numbers to support me and my work as a Nambabwean,” he told The Southern Times.
Nambabwean is a unification of Namibian and Zimbabwean, which according Courage simply refers to “a person who resides in Namibia and works as hard as a Zimbabwean”.
“The Nambabwean” is a descriptive name for Courage the Comedian, as it will be about him being a Zimbabwean working hard in Namibia.
The short but nimble comedian plans to not only bring out Namibian life through the eyes of a Zimbabwean, but also the generic view of the world from a Zimbabwean perspective.
“Over the years, comedy has picked up momentum in Namibia. But no one really has told Namibian comedy from the outside. When I went to South Africa last year, it struck my mind and that this is what I’m going to try to do. So here we are.”
Courage has so far shared the stage with comedy heavyweights such as South Africa’s Loyiso Gola from Late Night with Loyiso, Chris Mapane, Zimbabwe’s biggest comedian Carl Joshua Ncube and the famous comedienne Anne Kansiime from Uganda.
He has so far performed at over 85 venues, both nationally and internationally. And every show is unique because, “different audiences require certain standards”. But the Namibian audience is the toughest yet, he observed.
“Namibia is very critical, this is because the population is small and they expect you to come up with new materials. This is unlike in South Africa or Zimbabwe where the population is huge and that you can almost live off with the same material for the whole year,” he emphasised.
Courage came to Namibia for the first time to visit his father, who was an economic expatriate. He later settled in the country after enrolling at the University of Namibia.
In 2012, he partook in a friend’s school project, which saw him stumble into Free Your Mind – the country’s biggest comedy platform where he discovered his funny bone.
Two months after joining Free Your Mind, Courage the Comedian became the very first Last Comic Standing Champion.
He then went on to attain Comedian of the Year in 2014 at the annual Comedy Awards. Despite the accolades, Courage still feels that comedians are not taken seriously because of the nature of their job.
“I would like people to take us seriously. A comedian’s job is just like any other job and you can make a living off it. That’s proving to be a challenge. But we are trying hard to rectify that. I just finished university now, I will be going into comedy full time. Depending on how many shows you have, comedy actually pays,” he said.
He said he was still finalising venues and dates for his nationwide tour.