Courage the Comedian rebrands

Courage Gondo

Award-winning local comedian Courage Gondo, popularly known as Courage the Comedian, has returned to the comedy circle after taking a six-month break to self-reflect.

Best known for his comedy that centres on the life of a Zimbabwean living in a foreign country, Courage says that in the entertainment industry it is easy to lose oneself and confuse one’s true identity with that of a performer.

He took a break at the end of last year after hosting his well-attended one-man show ‘30s Broke, Single and Depressed,’ at the Warehouse Theatre.

“After that show, I decided to take a break to refresh, give time to myself, deal with my personal being and also take time to re-evaluate my journey in my career as well as to improve as a person and as the people’s entertainer,” says Courage.

During his break, the comedian realised that it’s easy to lose oneself, turning life into a continuous performance.

“It made me understand why other fellow artists crash and burn and it becomes a topic of what happened to who and who; he or she had potential and just died,” says Courage, adding that being in the entertainment industry is not easy.

He says he is currently busy rebranding himself and has developed a new form of art, creating fresh jokes that will delight comedy lovers when he returns to the stage.

“I have been doing a lot of introspection and now I have found how I want to direct my career for the betterment of both my audience and myself,” Courage says.

He says he is currently planning his comeback show for July, his birthday month and urges all comedy lovers and fans to stay tuned, as he has many surprises in store for them.

Reflecting on his ten-year comedic career, Courage says he was the first winner of ‘Last Comic Standing’ and has been named comedian of the year.

“I have also represented Namibia and Zimbabwe in South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana and many other countries with my craft,” he says.

Courage has been doing comedy since 2011.

He has shared the stage with international comedians like Anne Kansiime, Loyiso Gola, Kedibone Mulaudzi, Mdura and Thenjiwe, to mention a few.

Courage has also won the prestigious Namibian Last Comic Standing award in 2011 and was named Namibia’s male comic of the year in 2014.

He has performed in over a 100 stage shows, including five one-man shows to date.

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