Britain’s Got Talent and Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act, comedian Daliso Chaponda has announced his debut stand up tour for 2018 entitled What The African Said… The Malawian born stand up was a stand out star from the 2017 show, capturing the nation’s heart and garnering over 8 million Facebook views and 9 million on YouTube. Daliso has also just been confirmed for his own Radio 4 series entitled Daliso Chaponda: Citizen Of Nowhere.
Daliso Chaponda has lived in countries where the press is not allowed to criticise the government and in others with no libel laws where they can say anything. He has been both a journalist and a jaded newsreader. He is the perfect comedian to discuss what the media has become, which he does in his hilarious show What The African Said…
The show is about recent news, old news, fake news, and stories that were never quite but were ALMOST news. It is also a show about the things we say to each other: gossip, tall stories and of course declarations of love.
“…Laughter is how I cope with pain. I have seen and experienced some horrible things but laughter helped me cope. Telling jokes is repaying the favor. This show is my thanks to the laughter.” Daliso Chaponda, June 2017
Daliso’s father was a refugee who became a diplomat and he grew up bouncing from country to country. He always wanted to be a novelist, but his family pressured him to study programming and he ended up at university in Canada. During this time he wrote funny science fiction that occasionally got published. He had never seen stand up comedy until he went to Montreal’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. There was no comedy circuit in Malawi so he eventually moved to the UK and started performing at open mic nights that led to circuit gigs.
Daliso has appeared at many festivals, including Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore and Cape Town. He is also a prolific fiction writer and has had his science fiction, murder mysteries and fantasy fiction published in numerous magazines and anthologies. He also co-wrote a play recently that aired on BBC Radio 4.
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