Mpho Popps, Gonyeti bring it to #Shoko2017 Saturday comedy night

It was another night of comedy at Shoko Festival and South African star Mpho Popps brought his game to the conversation with some brilliant stand-up comedy.

Mpho Popps at Shoko 2017 PIC: Zezuru Rockstar

It was a lot to do with his upbringing, the humble beginnings and as he said after in a chat we had with him, a lot of what Zimbabweans have as nuances, South Africans do too which was a blessing and curse. A blessing in that expressions like ‘wena’ needed no explaining. A curse in that because Zimbabweans knew so much about SA culture he had to get it right.

He had the right the balance and with the crowd standing, laughing, slapping each other in delirium, he had a good go.

Host Q Dube had some good moments although his opening stand of close to 20 minutes did feel like a stretch. Mandla the Comedian was all over the place, looked a bit inebriated. Tinaye is a better performer than what he did at Shoko this year. He didn’t bring his A game.

The first woman from Zimbabwe to ever perform stand-up comedy on a Shoko stage Gonyeti was the standout for the local performers and often had the crowd in stitches as she stepped away from the political rhetoric the other locals on both days relied on to human interest stories.

A great night of laughs at the end of it all.

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