Inside Daliso Chaponda’s Laughgate: ‘I know who shot Mphwiyo’

Genre : Society news
Principal country concerned : Column : Comic strip
Release/publication date : 2015
Published on : 23/04/2015
Source : 22 April 2015

With just days to Daliso Chaponda's "Laughgate" comedy show at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe,   Nyasashowbiz chief editor Kimpho Loka sits down with the comedian and producer Q Malewezi.

Here is what we learnt – a quick guide on what to expect from the "Laughgate" show slated for this Saturday, April 25, and why Hip Hop acts Viceroy and Classick were enlisted for live performances at the event.

"Essentially every time I come back to Malawi I decide to write about new material on what's going on in the country," explains Daliso in an interview. "Laughgate' comes from the popular [Capital Hill finance scandal] 'Cashgate".

Cashgate – Who shot Mphwiyo?

"It mimics comedians being investigated for stealing all the laughter in the country." He goes on to say "I know the secrets, I know who shot [budget director Paul] Mphwiyo. I have inside knowledge, let's meet this Saturday at BICC and you'll know all the secrets."

Prophet Bushiri – Where is his private jet?

Daliso also reveals that "Laughgate" takes on Malawian prophets including the celebrity "Man of God (MOG)" Shepherd Bushiri as he says: "People like Bushiri will come up and I have information on his secret organization which people do not know about. I know where Bushiri hides his private jet".

Talking of prophets, the UK-based comedian does not only have Malawian fortune-tellers in his upcoming display, he also has African gossip and Nigerian prophet TB Joshua will be another topic for the night.

Bored Davido in Malawi

He reveals that musicians like Nigerian Davido running around when he came to Malawi are on the list.

Hilary Clinton and the U.S. presidency

In addition, he does not skip world events like Hilary Clinton running for American presidency and Barrack Obama leaving the White House office.

Lately, Daliso has been sharing some jokes via his Twitter account since his arrival in Malawi a week ago and below are some of them for laughs.

Hip Hop music performances

Q Malewezi of Qoncept Creative, producers of the show, was asked on how they came about enlisting Hip Hop acts Viceroy of Classmates and Classick of Home Grown African to perform at the event.

His response: "With stand-up comedy Hip Hop has always been an integral part especially when a comedian is coming on stage you usually hear a really nice Hip Hop beat.

"During 'Presidents of Laughrica' we had Jay-Z's 'My President is Black' and when it came on as Daliso came on stage the audience went crazy, so we thought why not have the hottest names in the game right now to perform live."

In terms of management and what their expectations are, Q says they look forward to a sellout show, which will also feature stand-up comedians Dee Satha and Neil Nayar.

Daliso promises a bigger and better show. Tickets are still available. Go get yours at Papaya Restaurant, Crossroads Hotel Business Centre, Ulendo Travel Group, Living Room Café and Flavour's Café.



  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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