The 3rd Annual International Heavyweight Comedy Festival (HICOFEST) is bringing non-stop laughter to Gaborone on March 27th at Gaborone Sun Hotel with South Africa’s most sought after and in demand comedians. The 1st Annual HICOFEST was headlined by the Mashabela Galane, Deep Fried Man and Sifiso in December 2013. However, in 2014 the organisers decided to move the event to March and the 2nd annual event was headlined by Thapelo ‘Tips’ Shampoo Seemise.
Major Moves Comedy is now back with the 3rd installment headlined by the razor-sharp comedy of Conrad Koch and Chester Missing. Events coordinator for Major Moves Comedy Gaolathe Kediemetse said, “Having produced the past two international annual shows, we wanted to showcase a different form of comedy and a top notch ventriloquist who is hot and in demand now is just what the audience ordered. Another benefit of the event is Conrad will workshop local comedians on this type of comedy which is not yet practised in Botswana.”
The 3rd HICOFEST will also feature Botswana’s funniest and acclaimed stand-up comedian Bafana ‘Ribcracker’ Letsatsi, alongside top female comedian Kelekwang ‘Rekunde’ Mophaleng, 2012 President’s Day Champion Odirile Brooks, Phenyo ‘The Master’ Phaladi and 2014 President’s Day Champion Oefile ‘Mawee’ Mokgware. There will also be talents from other countries such as Mapuru 'Cura' Makara from Lesotho and Peter Royston from Zimbabwe.
Always known for bringing up and coming comedians to the forefront of Botswana comedy, each show we see a new comedian introduced and given chance to share stage with top acts. For the 3rd HICOFEST, Ommusitse ‘Stix’ Magacha all the way from Maun will be given a chance to showcase his clean, high energy, fun and clever comedy. Stix was first featured at the Cracker Night and this will be his first time sharing a stage with international comedians on a bigger stage. “We have had tremendous support for our past shows from both the public and the media alike. We promise a rocking show with this production as the Department of Arts and Culture has helped us financially. We have fresh new lineup and people must come and experience the best and ultimate entertainment from beginning to the end," says Kediemetse.
“Our main aim really is to see standup comedy growing in Botswana and as part of entertainment and also contribute positively to the lives of comedians who can be able to make a living off comedy like elsewhere in the world," he added. Media sponsor for the show is Yarona FM while Department of Arts and Culture (under the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Culture) and Major Moves Comedy are financial sponsors.
Conrad Koch is one of South Africa’s most in demand comedy talents and the winner of the 2010 Entertainer of the Year award. He combines hilarious comedy with world-class puppetry, and has done so for over fifteen years to local and international acclaim. He has worked all over the world, been featured on local and international television and is a frequent guest at some of South Africa’s biggest comedy events – the Comics Choice Awards, Blacks Only, the Smirnoff Comedy Festival, the Vodacom Comedy Festival, Metro FM Comedy Experience, etc.