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Five things to know about Xhosa comedian Siya Seya 'Trippin With Skhumba'


11 March, 2019 - 06:03

In the second episode of the Showmax Original Trippin With Skhumba, the 2018 DStv Viewers Choice Award: Favourite Comedian winner and 2017 Comics Choice Comic of the Year drives over 1 000 kilometres from Jozi in his CaraCara to visit Siya Seya in the Xhosa comedians hometown of Port Elizabeth.

Here are five things you should know about the 2018 Comics Choice Native tongue winner, who was also nominated as Best Indigenous Comedian at the 2015 South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards:

#1. Siyas mother was surprised he became a comedian

When Skhumba visits Siyas mother in Motherwell Township, he asks her, Ma, how do you feel having such a funny child? Are you aware of how powerful your son is now?

Siyas mother says she didnt see it coming. My child, I dont know how it happened. Because growing up, he didnt talk a lot. Siyabulela is generally a quiet person. He shocked me when I saw him talk so much. I didnt know he could be that way.

#2. Siya was inspired by Chris Rock

The first stand-up comedy I watched was Chris Rocks DVD, Siya tells Skhumba, admitting he modelled his early routines on the American. I was naive when I started comedy. I thought I was Chris Rock himself - the Xhosa version. I didnt realise that when Chris Rock talks about black and white people, its actually part of his daily experience. Ive never had a white friend so Id never know anything about white people. So I kept dying on stage. I died for a good two years.

#3. No one came to Siyas first gig

Cut off from a comedy scene, Siya tried to bypass years of guest spots on other comedians gigs and go straight to doing his own one-hour, one-man show instead - at the Opera House no less (admittedly not on the main stage at least). The 2007 show was called Toothless Nonsense and produced from his friends R70 investment, using a poster made in Microsoft Word. No one came for the first two nights, which was a relief for Siya, because first of all I had never been in a comedy show. Id never even done five minutes on stage. Id never seen another comedian doing comedy on stage.

#4. Siya cant drive, so used to hitchhike to all his gigs

When Skhumba offers to let Siya drive the CaraCara, since its his hometown, the comedian admits he cant. I attended driving school once, Siya says. I went to a driving school in Joburg and they taught me how to drive in Setswana. Except I cant drive and I cant understand Setswana...

Instead Siyas had to hitchhike to many of his gigs - including East London, King Williams Town and Grahamstown. When you work here in the Eastern Cape, the best and cheapest source of transport is hitchhiking from private cars. Its the norm here.

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He says getting home is usually easier than arriving on time. Weve been embarrassed many times. You kill on stage and then you have no transport. The audience must now save you.

#5. Siya became an overnight sensation - a decade later

Nine years after that first one-man show - after three trips to Cape Town and another to Joburg - Siya still wasnt a famous comedian. He credits Skhumba with changing that. As a comedian, when youre coming from another province, you call every comedian; you inbox and you stalk every comedian. Hey, Im gonna be in Joburg, please hook me up with gigs. And basically, Skhumba saved my life. In 2016, he took me in when I arrived in Joburg with no plan and one months rent and helped me find gigs.

Since then, Siyas grown from strength to strength, performing at huge events like Comedy Under The Sun by Mashabela Galane, MoJokes by David Kau, and Blacks Only. Hes currently touring his one-man show, Critical But Stable - and may be back at Port Elizabeths Opera House soon, on the main stage this time...

New episodes weekly, only on Showmax

Trippin With Skhumba, Showmaxs first vernacular Original and first Original reality series, releases new episodes every Thursday. The first episode focused on 2016 Comics Choice Native Tongue winner Mashabela Galane, visiting his home in Moletjie, Limpopo. Next week, Skhumba will head to Kempton Park in Gauteng with 2015 Comics Choice Intermediate winner Schalk Bezuidenhout. Subsequent episodes will focus on Celeste Ntuli (Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal), who was the most nominated comedian with Skhumba going into the 2018 Comics Choice Awards; 2017 Native Tongue winner Salesman (Pretoria); and 2016 Comic of the Year winner Tumi Morake (Bloemfontein).

Book your tickets now for the comedy special that ends the season

The first season will end with an hour-long stand-up special, featuring Skhumba and his guests, as well as one new comedian from each hometown visited. Ticket sales are now open for Trippin With Skhumba: The Live Comedy Show, which will be held on 23 March 2019 at 1 Fox Junction in Newtown, with the show starting at 8pm. Early bird tickets cost R250, with the price going up to R320 soon. Limited tickets are available, so book fast. For more information, visit

Watch the first two episodes of Trippin With Skhumba first and only on Showmax:

About Trippin With Skhumba

In each 30-minute episode, Skhumba will drive a fellow South African comedian back to their hometown, exploring places that wont make any tourism brochures and stories that would be edited out of any authorised biographies.

Trippin With Skhumba is directed by Vincent Moloi, who won the 2019 Best Director: TV Drama SAFTA last weekend for Tjovitjo. The series is being produced for Showmax by Diprente (the production company behind this years box office hit Matwetwe; Catching Feelings; and the International Emmy-nominated Late Nite News With Loyiso Gola), which is co-owned by 2018 Comics Choice Comics Pen winner Kagi
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