Not your average jokes

Climatic comedy took centre stage at the EnviroComedy festival.

08 November 2019 | Art and Entertainment

ESTER KAMATI



Subjects such as climate change and global warming have never been an issue to laugh about, at least not until the EnviroComedy festival.

Powered by EduVentures, the line-up of comedians broke the ice last Friday with topics like rising sea levels and global warming, among others.

Hosted by comedian Fernando Tafish, the show at the Zoo Park amphitheatre aimed to give due importance to the topics through discussing them in a way that people enjoy. Tafish highlighted the importance of climate change as a predominant issue, and according to him, it is one that is relatable to individuals from all parts of the world, and thus anybody attending the show could understand the jokes.

The show was opened with a pilot skit of locals answering questions based on the environment, and according to Tafish, the team visited various towns to film these short videos, including Outapi, Ondangwa, Ongwediva, Rundu, Grootfontein, Otjiwarongo and Swakopmund.

During the comedy show, even Mother Nature was in on the joke, as there were a few showers after a few jokes about the drought in the country.

With a line-up that included Namibia’s most loved comedians and some newbies in the game, the night went by swiftly.

On the stage were, among others, Courage the Comedian, Slick the D**k, Joe White, Lloyd the Comedian, Ileka, Big Mitch and an appearance by OC Ebs.

Still tearing it up on the stage was YouTube sensation Cassie Jessica, who shared classic jokes about living in a typical Owambo home. Zieta is also another new face on the comedy scene and lightened the mood with jokes about how Namibians were raised into a recycling culture, having to use items such as the typical ‘ice-cream bakkie’ for multiple purposes.

According to Tafish, the aim of the event was to make use of what people like, and use it to convey a message. And of course everybody loves a good joke. EduVentures, which is an educational programme of the National Museum, provided funding for the project, and they were on a quest to raise environmental awareness, and according to Maria Johannes, “educate people through laughter”.

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