By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE Warehouse Theatre was packed to the rafters last week Thursday, where award winning funny man, Big Mitch, gave a rib cracking show titled ‘There is a Nama on my Stoep’ that shed light on hilarious Namibian stereotypes. Although Big Mitch said the show went well, the comedian came under fire in an article by a local daily newspaper about his Gender Based Violence (GBV) jokes. Big Mitch received a backlash in the article over the joke about a Nama lady who reported the GBV case to the police following assault by her man after she caused damage to his properties. The article alluded to the Comedian lack of sensitivity to gender based violence labelling it ‘stupid’. Bitch Mitch however said the jokes were taken of out context saying the comments in the article were ‘derogatory,’
“The joke about the Nama woman who reported her man to the police was twisted and taken out of context. I was basically just telling the audience how some people in my culture constantly continue to stay in abusive relationships instead of leaving,” he said. Big Mitch continued saying that he has taken a lot of backlash over the years over his jokes and does not intends to sugarcoat any of his jokes because he tells the truth.
“I got so much positive feedback about this last show, and even Neville Basson complimented me for my solid set, but those comments are tarnishing my image. Comedy has different genres just like music has Hip Hop, R n B, and Rock. Comedy has dark humor and dry humor as well. So I advise people to study the type of comedy the comedians does first before they wrongfully accuse them for the joke they don’t understand,” he said.
Big Mitch is planning another show slated for November 2018 where he will be having a comedy musical with ‘Oucie Regulinde’, a character he created dressed as a Nama lady. He is also seeking to take ‘There’s a Nama on my Stoep’ on tour.
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