Carl Joshua Ncube is getting Zimbabweans laughing. The infamously vocal comedian is making a stir on stages at home and abroad. He took time out to speak to Harare News before jetting off on a South African tour.
What is Carl Joshua Ncube all about?
I am basically a creative director. I create things that make people happy. I like to uplift the citizens of Zimbabwe through entertainment. That’s what I am about!
You were in the medical field so a move into comedy is quite a leap, what sparked your interest?
Being a nurse was my parents’ idea to give me something to fall back on because I had such a huge love for artistic things. I used to draw and design a lot in school and I guess they felt I needed to do something normal as a backup! Comedy was always in my blood, my late biological father was a teacher and on the weekends would often perform stand up comedy at weddings and various events. He was a funny guy at home and I grew up thinking I was funny too.
What drove you to do ‘Carl Can Cook’?
Cooking is something that has been with me for the longest time. Being the son of a Home Economics lecturer…let’s just say Mommy taught me well! The idea behind the show though was based on the fact that I was recently diagnosed as diabetic and had to change my eating plan. I refused to eat boring bland food and decided to be health conscious but eat great food and share those recipes with people.
You have a strong social network following, what do you think draws people to your platform?
I have no idea (he laughs). I guess I have put myself out there. I am not online trying to promote a show or promote DVD sales, I am out there talking about my life. I am like a walking book on social media and I guess people value my honesty, input, perspective and occasionally my jokes.
Among those many followers, some have expressed distaste at your opinionated banter, what is your take?
I am not an authority on anything but I have the right to an opinion, so do they. I also have a right to disagree with an opinion and so do they. Zimbabweans want us to all be the same but that will never work. I share what I know and what I believe. Besides most of what I post is jokes, jokes are not my opinion.
Do you have anything to say to those who have been offended?
Asvotwa ngarutse! If you can’t stand a comedian get the hell out of the comedy club for crying out loud!!!!
Has the Zimbabwean audience’s attitude towards comedy changed since you started?
Definitely! People have realised comedy doesn’t always have to be political for one. This has helped more young people embrace it as a career path. The existence of comedy has softened the powers that be I guess a lot more in allowing this form of expression to happen. We have also given comedy a face that companies want to get behind.
Are there some up-coming comics of note?
Locally I am loving Q The Boss’s approach to the industry. This hard work will certainly do well for him.
Does your wife laugh at ALL your jokes?
She generally finds me funny but she doesn’t laugh at all my jokes, which is a good thing I guess coz there are many that don’t make it into the public domain.
What do you think has attributed your success?
It was the jokes, the writing, the team I work with, our work ethic, investing what we get back into the business, the strategy and marketing plan.
What is next for Carl Joshua Ncube?
Definitely getting back into being a producer of TV shows! We also plan on engaging phase 2 of our talent agency project to bring new brands out of Zimbabwe that producers can believe in. I will have my own range of Carl Can Cook products out in retail. I want to be the New Corporate!
Find out more at www.carljoshuancube.com