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Thursday 13 June 2024

Comedian Daliso Chaponda Uses The Wisdom Of Age To Question His Former Beliefs @ Komedia Brighton

Malawian-born stand-up comedian Daliso Chaponda did his first solo show Feed This Black Man twenty years ago in Canada, the show saw him dissect the way Africans were always portrayed as starving, negative stereotypes that were all supported by charities.  
Credit Steve Ullathorne

The jokes were mediocre, it included an offensive rap about poverty and the big finale was his eating a sandwich on stage...

Now, two decades and half a lifetime later, he is a seasoned writer and performer. So, twenty-two years after starting comedy, Daliso is on his way to Komedia Brighton with an all-new show,

The show Daliso mulls over the wisdom of age. Wouldn't you love a chance to have your first relationship again? Be employed at your first job, but this time stand up to your boss? This show has the same themes as Feed This Man (written when he was extremely thin!), but with brand new jokes.

He talks about how different the show would have been if he wrote it now instead of the original time, and wondered if he would have cared as much about white privilege, or cultural misportrayal as he did as a 21-year-old?  

Now the 43-year-old Daliso critiques the naiveté of that 21-year-old and what ridiculous preconceptions he had and how naive all all young people were at the time in their belief in ways of changing the world. In which ways would the young Daliso be disappointed at the person he became?  

He would have loved the fact he had made a living as a comedian, but less so the fact he has no wife or kids.  

It's also questionable that over the years he has had weird relationships with girlfriends - a stripper, a single mother and an ex who was a compulsive liar, he has even tried dating an artificial intelligence bot...  The young Daliso would have been disappointed.  

However politically, that would have been his biggest disappointment, as he's not a campaigner… And what will happen to him in 21 years time?

"Touring comedy is what I love most and do best. What's interesting about this show is that I look back on how I started, where I am and get to the bottom of why I love and need this.  

"It's all very therapeutic and new age, but also I think this show is full of fun"

Daliso Chaponda plays Komedia Brighton on Sunday 24th November 2024. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley




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