Getting to know … Tadiwa Mahlunge

Tadiwa Mahlunge has established himself as one of comedy’s hottest prospects.

Hailing from Wales by way of Zimbabwe and described as one of the country’s top new comedians Mahlunge is about to embark on his debut show Inhibition Exhibition which questions why he so yearningly needs to be viewed as being successful …

Let’s get to know Tadiwa Mahlunge …

Please introduce yourself …

My name is Tadiwa Mahlunge. I am a sweet and funny young man looking for audience members for my outstanding debut comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe so I can make back the costs of participating in this needless, overpriced, money laundering scheme of a festival. I was born in Zimbabwe but grew up in Wales because my mother was one of the founding members of the MDC, the opposition political party in Zimbabwe, and Mugabe wasn’t a fan of that, so we had to leave. What a fascinating backstory. If I were reading this, I’d sure love to buy some tickets to find out more.

What started you on this particular career path?

Ever since I was 12, I’ve been captivated by the rhythm of jokes. I was always secretly watching Chris Rock specials on my PSP after bedtime, and I have African parents, so those acts of rebellion came with the genuine threat of violence. When I was young, I actually wanted to become a physicist, fuelled by my love for the subject but I had a sixth-form tutor who told me I wouldn’t make the grades for Oxford. According to him, since I couldn’t get into Oxford, I should just abandon my dreams altogether. Looking back, that dude was projecting his own failures onto a child. So, at 17, I started writing jokes and structured my entire life around comedy. 

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently working on my debut show Inhibition Exhibition, which will be on at the Edinburgh Fringe at 9.25pm throughout August at Bunker Two of the Pleasance Courtyard. I’m not gonna lie, it’s really good, and it’s only gonna get better throughout the month.

Tadiwa Mahlunge Inhibition Exhibition

What are you watching? 

An assortment of political and educational video essays as I pass out in bed after gigs. I have the algorithm of a 55-year-old divorcee, but I know an awful lot about the internal politics of several Asian economic powerhouses, and I use it to bore single mothers at speed dating events. Nothing gets a lady going like understanding the intricacies of debt-trap diplomacy, and how the Belt and Road Initiative was actually a genius scheme for the CCP to launder trillions in untraceable money into assets that developing nations could never pay off.

What are you reading?

Press about my Fringe show endlessly. I live a hollow existence.

What are you listening to? 

I go through phases of being done with rap because most of it is trash and samey right now. The Rap Caviar playlist is about as grim as actual caviar. So, I’m currently listening to a lot of house music and old-school UK Garage music. I’d highly recommend Bonobo and Silo.

Last thing you saw on stage?

Apart from other comedians, The Death of an Anarchist, which was lovely and I highly recommend it.

Whose footsteps are you following in?

This is an impossible question to answer without sounding cocky man. But creatively, and I mean only creatively; Kanye West.

What’s next?

Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t think the Edinburgh hour is going to put me in the position to quit my day job as a Software Engineer. So probably more of the same; writing occasionally on TV shows, gigging 300-400 times a year and doing tour support for bigger comics. The only real change after Edinburgh will be filming my hour special (most likely in Brighton), and starting a podcast, so follow me on socials to see when they come out.

Where can we see you?

I’m glad you asked, I don’t know if it’s come up yet in this article. I hate to do a shameless plug, but you can catch me at the Edinburgh Fringe.

What’s your socials?

Insta: @tadisfunny and Twitter: @tadiwamahlunge

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