Nanzikambe Arts Café launches Malawi stand-up comedy contest: Open Mic

A rainbow of success continues to radiate its smile over the comedy fraternity, latest being establishment of Stand-Up Comedy open mic by Nanzikambe Arts Café.

Starting this Friday evening 12th October, comedians will be given a chance to entertain patrons at the Nanzikambe’s Arts Café in Naperi, Blantyre in a project to eventually end up into comedy competition.

The Stand-Up Comedy open mic to be hosted every Friday evening, will be accommodating both aspiring and establish comedians-in Chichewa and English-who will be screened through their stage and comedy masterly before grafted into final competition.

Comedians:Welce and Mr. Jokes

Launching the initiative, three comedians have been listed up for Friday evening to mesmerize the patrons with their hilarious jokes. The three are Mr. Jokes, Welce Chigwenembe and Jeremiah Mwaungulu.

“Comedy is one art that is not much recognized despite the country having more talented comedians. This is why we have decided to use the Arts Café as podium for comedians to establish themselves and boost up their talents. This is just a starter, there is a comedy competition coming up soon,” explained Nanzikambe Special Projects manager, Nkhwachi Mhango.

In interview one of the performers, Mr. Jokes promised nothing but fun, saying it will be an evening full of side-splitting jokes.

“Am well prepared and am happy finally we have a podium we as comedians can use to develop our talent. It will help us think deep and develop new jokes as well as learn from each other. The coming in of comedy competition will expose more raw talent and help the comedy industry move forward,” said Mr. Jokes.

Mr. Jokes then noted the open mic as bes platform for comedians to test new comedy formulas while measuring the patrons’ response.

“Many people take comedy as one of those things that every person can do. It is easy to disappoint people but it’s not all that easy to make one laugh. It takes a great deal of creativity. This is why we are appearing to people to start respecting this field and support it,” Mr. Jokes added.

Welce Chigwenembe described the open mic as welcome development to help comedians establish a social network while exposing their talents to new audiences.

“The arts café is patronized by different people, it is therefore to our advantage to use it as a podium to interact with other arts fields and build up our audience. It is a stepping stone for our just formed comedy group, Ajimasiwe as we will now have a platform to learn and develop new jokes for people’s pleasure,” Chigwenembe explained.

Chigwenembe therefore called on corporate institutions to start investing in comedy industry, saying country’s comedy field has potential to contribute to the national economy growth.

“Other countries have realized the importance of arts, and are supporting every aspect of it. This is what Malawi needs to do. Comedy is a remedy for stressed souls as well as a profession that can contribute to the growth our economy. Its time people start taking it as a serious field just like theatre and other arts fields,” Chigwenembe said.

According to Mhango, the comedy open mic will be run for a while before rolling into the full competition where selected comedians will fight for a title and some prizes.

The old adages states, if you don’t laugh, you cry, it is the moment arts pundits and fun seekers express their beautiful laughter through Stand-Up Comedy open mic every Friday evening at Nanzikambe Arts Cafe and earn light moments that relieves pain and stress. For laughter has, in many contexts; act as antidote to troubled minds.

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