A Moment With… Anopa Makaka

Anopa Makaka is probably the prodical son of Zimbabwean comedy. He moved to England to study film acting. He says he was no good so he tried his hand at directing instead, a course he thoroughly enjoyed.

A fan of comedy, he has watched everything from Richard Prayor to Edgar Langaveldt and everyone in between. The things that got him hooked was the way a comedian could hold a crowd for the time he is on stage. That is the power he craved for.

He entered a stand up comedy competition called the Laughing Horse in London and and went out in the semi final. Since then he has been performing in comedy clubs around London, Time Square in New York alongside Greer Barnes (Def comedy)

Anopa Makaka

What is your government name?

I am not listed so I dont have a government name.

What do you like to call yourself?

Anopa Makaka it’s too unique to change to anything else.

What is the most ridiculous nickname you have ever had?

When i was at school i used to call myself ‘the original’ dunno why it seemed so cool at the time.it was the 80’s

Which side of the bed do you sleep on?

Dunno how to answer that coz that depends whether you are lying on your back or belly

Are you left-handed or right-handed?


What is your favourite instrument?

The guitar by far. It is such a cool instrument coz you dont even have to be able to play but when you are holding it eish! Plus who wouldn’t wanna look like Bob Marley, Jimi Hendricks, Leonard Dembo, Mark Knofler and that chap from Devera Ngwena

What is the first song you fell in love with?

Nothing’s gonna change my love for you’ i bought it for a girl i was hopelessly in love with when i was about 15 and she broke up with me soon after. The irony is that she broke up with me straight after.

Best concert you have ever been to?

Do bands count? Thomas Mapfumo. Went to Glastonbury a few years ago saw  a few bands, i am not that concerty[new word] i guess.

Of the jokes you u have written which one is your favourite?

The one that get the biggest laughs is the one when my mum walks in on me at 14 unannounced startles me. I jump out of bed and my dignity jumps out of my pyjamas to face my mum. ‘ Its only because the English have a crude sense of humour.

How do you deal with groupies?

Comedians have groupies? Really? On which planet? Remember comedians are glorified idiots, they used to be called the court jester so why would ‘groupies’ wanna be with court jesters?

How excited were you when the first groupie hollered at you?

If that happened i would be worried about the mental state of that person.

Where is Zimbabwean comedy going?

Its so exciting at the moment. There are so many young talented comedians there is a need for a permenant comedy platform where comedians can keep in constant practice.

Where is your comedy going?

I am just riding this one and see where it goes

What do you want to be remembered for?

He was so much fun to be around he made everyone around him smile he was humble. He was funny.

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