By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
MARK Kariahuua has proved to be a crowd of favourite with his unique take on observational comedy, and now fans will be treated to the comedian’s one-man show, courtesy of Free Your Mind (FYM).
The one-man show which is scheduled for September 1 is an initiative by FYM to give a solo platform and exposure to hard working, deserving comedians who are presently the rave once every year and Kariahuua proved deserving this year. Heavyweights such as Sibo, Slick, Joh White and Ileka are previous recipients of the initiative with their own sold-out solo shows.
Titled ‘Mark is the Fresh Prince of Okakarara’, this will be the comedian’s maiden solo stand-up show.
“Audiences can expect the signature Mark performance and see me in my realest form. It’s pretty chilled but funny. It’s going to be a night of high energy great atmosphere and good entertainment,” Kariahuua said of what his fans can expect of the show.
While it may seem like he has dragged his feet to have a one-man show, having entered the comedic scene in 2012, he has surpassed some veterans who have been in the industry longer but are yet to have a solo show.
“I do observational comedy that is very raw and a tiny bit animated. It sets me apart in that it’s very relatable. I’m not necessarily sucking things out of my thumb, it’s real life, just a bit amplified,” Kariahuua said explaining what made him a hit with audiences.
He added that being a good listener and being a pedestrian (who often has to take taxis) gave him access to a lot of original material because people tend to be brutally honest and open in taxis. Social media is also another gold mine for original material for him.
Queried as to why he waited until now to have the show, the comedian who also dons the hat of a radio presenter by day, said that he wanted to pace himself and make sure his flame didn’t burn out before his time was up.
“This (comedy) is not a gimmick or a get rich quick or get fame quick thing. I wanted to pace myself and not burn out. I wanted to grow and know myself better as a performer. It’s so crazy because I would have three of my friends secretly record me from all angles of the theatre while performing and I would go home and dissect my whole performance and see how I sound, my posture, mic technique, etc., just to improve.
“I wanted to get better and not succumb to pressure of having to do a show too soon into my career. There will always be an audience but I should always be better the next time,” he explained.
Kariahuua also said those who have been following his work for the past few years, will be able to pick up the subtle nuances of his growth in how he delivers a performance on the night.
“Four years ago when I started I thought I knew what I wanted, I was confident. But there’s no way you know yourself really as a performer and fix yourself unless you are on stage under that spotlight night after night. And that’s what I’ve been doing, I have just been working on my art staying in my lane and just doing me,” he stressed.
One of the highlights in anyone’s career, especially in that line of work, is when people recognise them off the stage, something Kariahuua recently experienced when a fan approached him for a selfie in Pick n Pay last week. While the comedian was chuffed with the recognition, he pointed that it came through hard work and having to overcome many hurdles.
“In the beginning a lot of people did not trust us because we are not as mainstream, so people wouldn’t trust us for their events. They would for example say Namibia’s favourite word, exposure, instead of payment…”
“The TV show and attendance at shows just made us grow bigger and grow more confident. People just get it now. I think we overcame it by just proving people wrong and each one of us sticking to our core brands and values. We are difficult people to shake down. You might not like us tonight on stage but tomorrow we are back, bigger and funnier. Comedians have thick skin,” he noted.
Kariahuua also honestly admitted that while they had made great strides, they still had a ways to go, explaining that they (comedians) need more partnerships and understanding from companies and sponsors. “Don’t hire us only to want to rework and script us into a particular box. Let us do the job in our own style and our own way. This reminds me, I would also really like them to improve the food at some of these events also. Etse, platters with no meat must fall tjiri. Leaves on a bun for what hano?” he said, making light of the situation.
Tickets are selling for N$100 in advance and N$150 at the gate. The show is scheduled to start at 19h30 for 20h00 at the Warehouse Theatre.
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