By Jeoffrey Mukubi
FERNANDO Filipe, known as Fernando Ta-Fish, is ready to take Southern Africa by the horns, as he prepares to crack jokes in five different Southern African countries, as part of his Crack Up Africa tour.
Fernando, who has been a Free Your Mind comedian for over nine years, is planning to do eight shows during his upcoming tour, which is scheduled to kickoff on 16 July, with two shows in Angola.
Another show is scheduled for Lubango, with his final show in Angola slated for Onjiva on 19 July.
His tour continues in Lusaka, Zambia on 22 July, while a further three shows in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare take place on 25, 26 and 28 July.
On 1 August, he will be performing in Mozambique, before returning to Windhoek for his grand finale on 7 September at the Warehouse Theatre.
“People say that laughter is a drug, while the word crack also refers to a type of drug. But cracking up it is also slang for someone laughing uncontrollably. That’s why I will be selling drugs, in the form of laughter,” Fernando said.
He said one of his tour’s aims is to market Namibian comedy in other countries.
Having already performed in Brazil, Mozambique and the country of his birth, Angola, Fernando is no stranger to international stages. Asked whether he thinks Africans from other countries will laugh at his jokes, Fernando said, “My material is based on African culture, the social changes that are happening, and jokingly using concepts like ‘African time’, and because Africa is one, any African will relate.”
Commenting on why some local comedians don’t go global, he said, “Most of our comedy is based on local content, and not everybody that attends shows can relate, but my intention is to go international.
“This tour will also give me the opportunity to learn about other African cultures, and all this is a build-up for my grand finale at the Warehouse Theatre.”
Fernando has just been nominated for the 7th annual Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards, in the Pan African Comic of the Year category. The awards are slated for 9 September in Johannesburg, and he is up against five other comics, including one of Nigeria’s leading comedians, Basket Mouth.
Fernando had a mouthful to say to aspiring or up-and-coming comedians in the country.
“Comedy is not as easy as it looks, and the most successful comedians are 30 and older. Comedy is about maturing in the industry; you need to be smart and educated, and you cannot be a good comedian, if you do not have patience.” he said.
His comedy is about seeing how people behave, observing everyday situations and making fun of them. Fernando does not use vulgar or inappropriate language in his sets; this is because he wants to cater for everyone. Being a former professional fire juggler, Fernando met the owners of Free Your Mind at an event, and they thought he was funny.
He won Comedian of the Night at his first-ever public event and that motivated him to pursue a career in the funny business.
Fernando is currently a performing arts student at the College of the Arts in Windhoek.
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