“Humour and comedy are important parts of every society’s arts and culture,” said Sharon Hudson-Dean, Counsellor for Public Affairs.
“This is Carl’s initiative, and we hope it benefits the entire arts industry in Zimbabwe. He’ll also have a unique opportunity to see our best comedians adding their voices to the many commentaries being made on our presidential elections.”
The U.S. presidential election is on November 6.
Ncube leaves for a two months visit to the United States on Sunday and will hold a show in Harare on December 15 to share what he learned on his trip, which he has christened “Carl Joshua Ncube goes ku Amerika.”
Ncube will also conduct comedy seminars with aspiring local comedians to share some of the professional tips he picks up in America.
Described by CNN African Voices as the “New face of Zimbabwean Comedy,” Carl started his comedy career in 2010 and held a debut one-man show ‘Carl Joshua Ncube’s Big Announcement.’
He has also performed in some of Africa’s biggest comedy clubs, rubbing shoulders with the continent’s biggest names such as Basketmouth, Daliso Chaponda, David Kibuuka, Ndumiso Lindi and Kagiso Lediga.
“I am excited about the fact that I am going to the U.S. for the first time and I am going in an election year. I am going there to understand how comedy interacts with politics,” said Ncube, whose career has spurned several fields including health and media.
“I want comedy to be understood and used more in Zimbabwe so that we can teach different people from different backgrounds and parties to laugh at themselves and at each other to increase tolerance and reduce tension,” said the comedian, who also indicated that he will be blogging regularly about his experiences. To facilitate this, he has a new mobile App for his trip, so followers can learn about his trip as he goes.
The tour to the U.S. will take him to various comedy centres and schools, as well as performance places in New York, Washington D.C., Orlando (Florida), Chicago (Illinois), Austin (Texas), San Francisco and Los Angeles (California). From November 13, he will attend a three-week American Comedy Institute workshop in New York City.