From the South African Comic Choice Awards to the Emmy Awards, September is an important time for comedy. And one of the biggest highlights is Trevor Noah presents NationWild, a 13-part comedy showcase coming to Showmax this Heritage Day, 24 September 2018.
Trevor handpicked all 13 comedians featured. Each episode features a short introductory set by Trevor as the host, an interview with the featured comedian about their ladder to success, followed by that comedian’s set. “In each episode, we’re going to meet some of the brightest emerging comedians in Mzansi,” says Trevor.
Meet the Comedians:
“From the depths of a warm womb, many moons ago, a boy was born. He was not just any baby boy. He is who we know as Bongani Dube. Although he may be from humble beginnings, like Jesus, His Lord and
Saviour, Bongani Dube was not born crying, no no no, he was born laughing. This year, from the makers of life: his parents. One man, one desire: to be the next Bongani Dube. Bongani Dube is Bongani Dube.” Bongani is a 2018 Comics Choice Awards best newcomer nominee.
The only comedian from Reiger Park, Eric started comedy at age 18. He was a finalist of many different comedy competitions in 2016, 2017’s Comics Choice Best Newcomer of The Year nominee and 2018 Comics Choice Next Level award nominee.
When he was told he’d made the line-up for Trevor Noah presents NationWild, Gavin says he kept waiting for Leon Schuster to pop up. His unique and hilariously unassuming stage persona has allowed him to perform to cross-cultural audiences all over South Africa. He’s performed on David Kau’s Blacks Only (2010, 2011 and 2012), at the Comic Choice Awards in 2013, and on comedy specials on Comedy Central and Mzansi Magic (2018). He was also a featured writer and actor on SABC’s SAFTA-winning The Bantu Hour.
Gilli Apter is a Johannesburg comic, writer and director. Writing comedy since 2005, her work includes SAFTA-winning shows ZAnews and Those Who Can’t and most recently, Nik Rabinowitz’s 2017 one-man show, Fortyfied. In 2015 Gilli realised that after enduring success writing TV shows that no one has ever seen, the next logical step was to do stand up in places no one ever goes to. Gilli is a 2018 Comics Choice Best Newcomer nominee.
A shy and quirky kid out of Lavender Hill in Cape Town. He has been around comedy since 2014, performing all across Cape Town and in recent years in Durban and Johannesburg. Keenan draws inspiration from Dave Chappelle and Mpho Pops.
Kraai Du Toit
Kraai’s one-liner style of comedy is well received by audiences all around South Africa. He’s been a finalist on Comedy Central’s Grab the Mic twice and was part of the Savanna Newcomer Showcase in 2016. He’s also performed with everyone from John Vlismas and Mel Miller to Schalk Bezuidenhout. Since 2014, he also runs comedy events across Gauteng.
A newcomer from Paarl, Lindy has rocketed to success, winning the Savanna ‘Show us Your Apples’ Open Mic 2017 showdown, representing as the only female to make the finals – and then of course, beating out stiff competition and more experienced comedians to win the title. After a comparatively short amount of time, Lindy has already started making her mark and carving out a niche in SA comedy, performing on esteemed stages such as Cape Town Comedy Club, Rocking the Daisies 2016 and most recently, the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2017. Her brand of comedy has been described as a fresh take on life as a young woman in today’s world; it’s relatable storytelling with a highly enjoyable twist. You’re sure to see much more of Lindy in the years to come. Lindy was a 2018 Comics Choice Best Newcomer nominee.
Mbu was born in Mdantsane in 1982, growing up with his gran while his mom finished her studies; he called his gran ‘mum’ and his mum ‘sisi.’ He started comedy in 2009 and is nicknamed ‘Manylaughs.’ He didn’t believe it when he was told he was on Trevor Noah’s lineup because the announcement came out on 1 April.
Noko Moswete is a TUT graduate with a National Diploma in Linguistics. She is a professional stand-up comedian, a freelance copywriter at M&M Pictures, and recently joined the world of acting. She keeps her audience in stitches with her videos as her alter ego Mokgaetji, whose videos are always shared on Whatsapp and Facebook. She was a 2015 Best Newcomer and 2017 Best Intermediate Comics Choice nominee
Phil De Lange
Cape Town comic Phil de Lange has been performing on the local comedy circuit since 2013. He blends stand-up and his ukulele to deliver an awkward, self-deprecating, and tongue-in-cheek style of humour to the audience. He’s performed in the top comedy venues in South Africa and to audiences in Berlin, Germany. In 2016 he was nominated for an SA Comics Choice Award and in 2017 he wrote and produced his debut solo show ‘The Phil Spectrum’.” Phil was the Next Level Award winner at the 2018 Comics Choice Awards.
Tshireletso ‘Mo’ Mothebe
Originally from QwaQwa, but now based in Gauteng, Tshireletso ‘Mo’ Mothebe is a refreshing voice on the local comedy scene. After beginning his comedy career in 2013, Mo won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in July 2015 – the first person in the history of the arts festival to win a Comedy Ovation award without having a one-man show. He is a two-time Comic’s Choice nominee (2015 Best Newcomer and 2017 Best Intermediate Comic) and was nominated for a SAFTA as part of the core writing team on The Bantu Hour. An economics graduate from Monash University, Mothebe has performed all over South Africa, including opening for Loyiso Gola’s one-man show across South Africa in 2016. He debuted his one-man show, The Chocolate Chronicles, in September 2017 and made his international debut that year in Berlin. Fluent in both English and Sotho, Mo’s comedic topics range from his past relationships to race and daily observations.
Tsitsi Chiumya is a young comedian from Lebowakgomo, a small township in Limpopo. He’s had audiences in stitches across South Africa, Europe and the USA with his “awkwardly relatable stories.” The gentle young man won his first SAFTA (South African Film & Television Award) for Scriptwriting – TV comedy as part of the Puppet Nation team in 2018 and also won Best Newcomer at the 2018 Comics Choice Awards.
Hailing from East London,Virgil was named Breakthrough Comic at the Comics Choice Awards in 2016 and has performed by invitation at the Montreux International Comedy Festival in Switzerland and the Busan International Comedy Festival in South Korea.
Binge all 13 episodes of Trevor Noah presents NationWild only on Showmax from Heritage Day, 24 September 2018.
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