… King of Comedy winner eyes international fame
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
LLOYD Jefferson, a 32-year-old Social Science teacher, is well on his way to becoming one of the funniest man in Namibia.
He was recently crowned the King of Comedy at the Warehouse Theatre.
Born and raised in Walvis Bay, Lloyd never thought he would be at the level of comedy he is, since he only began performing professionally in 2015.
He is a relatable comedy guru, in the vein of South African comedian Trevor Noah, and explores and makes fun of everyday situations, while impersonating over 15 different accents, including Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Damara, Afrikaans, Russian, British, Indian, Nigerian, South African and Kenyan. His rise to comedy royalty wasn’t without any hiccups, as he lost out on the Last Comic Standing title in 2015. “I took that loss as an opportunity for me to go back to the drawing board and start afresh; it took two years and it paid off,” he told Confidente recently. Lloyd seems very optimistic about his flourishing career in comedy. “I have given myself about two years to conquer comedy in Namibia and in Africa.” He has several international performances lined up over the festive season, including in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. He also plans to take his jokes to Berlin, Germany. Lloyd gives all the credit to his grandfather, who he says was a funny man and taught him that life never has a dull moment.
“I never thought I would be doing stand-up comedy, even thou my friends always told me that I was funny, I eventually decided to try my luck with Free Your Mind and now I am the King of Comedy in Namibia.” Lloyd says that his experiences as a teacher play a big role in his comedy performances, because as a Social Science teacher at A. Shipena Secondary School in Windhoek, he deals with different personalities, coming from different backgrounds, every day.
Lloyd is very confident that he will leave a mark on comedy, not only in Namibia, but in the rest of the world.
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