Malawi comedians group formed, premieres Sunday

If you don’t laugh, you cry” goes the old adage. Laughter is a beautiful expression. It provides light moments in our lives, relieves us from pain and stress. Laughter has, in many contexts; act as antidote to troubled minds.

It makes us forget our sorrows and, in seconds, realize how beautiful the world is. Laughter is as result of good humor.

A pack of good humorous jokes is better than finest wine the world would offer. In light of such reason, some comedians in the country have teamed up to form a stand-up comedy group, Ajomasiwe, which is comprised of five people.

The name is derived from the names of the members, Andrew Samati, Jokes, Madalitso Nyambo, Charles Simbi and Wales Chigwenembe.

The comedians

“Ajomasiwe with different storytelling techniques and varying sense of humor have teamed up to provide unique family entertainment. Stand-up comedy has always been there in Malawi but usually comics performed as double acts. But now Ajomasiwe has endeavored to do it the internationally popular way,” one of the members, Wales Chigwenembe explained in an interview .

Chigwenembe added: “Stand-up, as an art form that is openly devoted to getting immediate laughs from an audience, sees Individual comics performing in turns risking more than anyone else as they figure out the psychology of audiences and what amuses them.

“Just as successful brands, comedians cannot repeat the same routine for very long, no matter how successful it is. Stand-up comedy is a messy, counter-intuitive business. This is why Ajomasiwe will engage in an interactive loop of creation, feedback, revision, rejection, and creation again.”

According to Chigwenembe the grouping, which has been curtain-raising various shows since it was formed two months ago, will be officially launched on Sunday at Fro Motel in Blantyre.

The stand-up comedy show-to be first of its kind hosted by local comedians- will feature poets in the likes of Evelyn Pangani, Joseph Madzedze, Sylvester Kalidzang’oma, Hudson Chasowa, Micheal Benjala, Nyamalikiti-Nthiwatiwa and Kadzako Singano among others.

“We will use the show to also launch a poetry CD album, Kalasi B by Mada Nyambo who is also our member. It is the moment families come out and enjoy pack of jokes that at tailor-made for their pleasure,” he added.

Another member, Charles Simbi described the formation of the group as one way of unearthing hidden talent, saying through the group’s show various comedians will be given opportunity to expose themselves.

“Ajomasiwe is the act; Stand up Malawi is the project. The act will provide unique opportunity to laugh off various human absurdities and look at life from a funny and humorous view point. The project will unearth various standup acts across the country and promote Stand Up comedy as a standalone genre to expose local comics internationally,” Simbi explained.

Ajomasiwe has experienced local Comedian Mr. Jokes currently making it big in MBC TV Comedy corner, drama scriptwriter, Charles Simbi, , actor and celebrated poet of the Zavuta M’kalasi B fame, Madalitso Nyambo, Andrew Samati a stage performer and a notable theatre for development practitioner as well as versatile artist, Wales Chigwenembe also theatre for development practitioner and a theatre-director.

The group will be first one to be formed in the country and help putting the struggling local arts industry in shape.

Stand-up comedy is one of the most powerful tools and venues to educate, heal, incite, and make people ponder about ideas and things beyond themselves.

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