Comedians staged a magnificent showcase at the inaugural Rainbow Comedy Festival held at Rainbow Towers last week.
The festival saw locals Michael Kudakwashe, Q the Boss and the host Carl Joshua Ncube put up a considerable performance against international acts Jason and Donovan Goliath.
Q the Boss opened the show with a thrilling sketch that had the crowd in stitches. Judging by the audience reaction, his was the best act the night had to offer.
“That Q guy was just the ‘it’ of the night, forget the Goliaths and forget Carl, Q is the boss,” said reveller, Janice Merez.
Q the Boss began his performance in the offensive to an audience of nearly 1,000 people, probably the biggest crowd comedy has ever had in Harare: “I appreciate anyone who has been to a local stand-up comedy show be it Carl’s Corner, Simuka Comedy or Bang Bang Comedy Club. Shame on all those attending a comedy show for the first time because they heard there are some South African guys called Goliath and Goliath, hell tonight I’m the David,” he said.
Q the Boss went on to prove to be ‘the David’ by setting such a high bar that the first Goliath to perform, Jason, struggled to please fans who were still spinning from the first act. Goliath’s comedy though centred on relevant social issues lacked the spark Q the Boss had incited in the crowd.
Next up was Michael Kudakwashe, a veteran comedian in this country. Introduced as a legend, Kudakwashe’s performance had a legendary touch to it, from his strong stage presence to his body language, great composure and then the hilarious jokes. His ability to mimic many foreign accents added to his advantage.
Closing act, Donavan Goliath (pictured) did however prove the value of bringing in international acts. His hilarious presentation of stereotypes attributed to different races gave him a touch of class.
To put a well deserved seal to the night, Donovan shared a Mandela joke where he suggested what would have happened if South Africa had been liberated through a hip hop battle. In this sketch he sang a rap song he suggested Mandela would have sung. It left the crowd roaring with laughter, saluting him with a standing ovation.
The Rainbow Comedy Festival is expected to run four times each year from next year onwards.