By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE Okakarara Fresh Prince is back, reloaded and has grown into a one-man freight train comedy phenomenon, and by the looks of things, he’s is not going be stopping anytime soon.
The Free Your Mind comedian, whose real name is Mark Kariahuua, showcased a preview of his latest comedy offering, The Fresh Prince of Okakarara reloaded, last Wednesday at the Warehouse Theatre Cellar.
The show will be fully showcased on 9 June at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN).
Upon hitting the stage last week, Mark introduced himself as a brand, and not a comedian, at what was termed a pop-up show.
He caught the attention of the unsuspecting crowd, with his witty jokes about everyday situations, setting the tone for his June show, and once more proving that he is ready for his one-man act. “The concept behind the show is that not only is it a continuation of my previous one-man show, but it is also a better version of it,” Mark noted, before adding that first-timers are really in for a treat, if they attend.
Mark’s rise to comedy nobility has not been an easy one. He never thought that comedy would bring him this far. He said this in reference to the first time he saw himself appear on television on a Free Your Mind show.
“Being tall and lanky, I really did not like it, and I thought other people also wouldn’t like me, but they did.” He maintained that although Free Your Mind endorsed him, and literally paved the way for his success, he is now putting his “big boy on pants”, and “doing this show on my own”.
“I’ll be picking up where I left off last year, speaking about dealing with both the good and the bad of being a black millennial, as well as politics, modern relationships, social indifferences and also about what has been happening in my life. This is because last year was a good year for me.
“I am not just a funny guy; I am an entrepreneur, model, radio presenter, brand ambassador, emcee and my mother’s favourite child,” Mark told a group of invited guests and media practitioners, who came to witness the pop-up show. Mark, who won the coveted Comedian of the Year, as well as the Diva of the Year awards last year, has also launched his own website, where his fans can view his videos, and get to know him better. The MultiChoice GOtv brand ambassador said that even though last year treated him like royalty, it does not mean he will stop working hard. “A good year doesn’t mean you made it in life; I’m putting in the work, to give Namibians the authenticity, which I feel will really take comedy in Namibia to a whole new level. However, most importantly I am just doing my own thing, and building my brand.” The Fresh Prince seems to be determined and ready to give the country a good laugh, so don’t miss his 9 June show, if you believe that laughter is the best medicine.
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