Show pokes fun at party manifestos

 

Mohalenyane Phakela

PIONEER Mall-based Victory Restaurant is set to host a comedy night tomorrow with a political twist as the main topic will be the manifestos of the parties contesting in Saturday’s general elections.

The recently-opened establishment has lined up local comedians MSL Relo, Masapo, Mapena, Scaftin and Mkhondwane to tickle Basotho’s funny bone on the eve of the polls to show the humorous side of politics.

In an interview with the Weekender this week, Victory Restaurant proprietor, Stephen Monyamane, said the event is meant to take the mickey out of the promises political parties have made to the electorate hence its title “The Last Manifesto”.

“We have read the manifestos of all the political parties which will take part in Saturday’s National Assembly elections and decided to focus our comedy night on them with help from the finest comedians Lesotho has to offer,” Monyamane said.

“Our intention is to offer a humourous perspective to politics before Basotho vote for their future leaders. Our intention is not to mock or promote a particular party but to create discussion and laughter with regards to the competing parties’ manifestos.

“Humour can be derived from anywhere, and this time around, we find it during the time of elections.”

He said hiring the local comedians was also in line with the restaurant’s mission to promote home-grown talent.

“Victory Restaurant intents to showwcase local talent by providing the platform for its development. That is why we do not have any foreign acts lined-up,” said Monyamane.

“Even though we will be having a comedy show this time around, we will have different events in the future.”

Also speaking to the Weekender, one of the comedians set to perform at “The Last Manifesto”, Masapo or Bones to his fans, promised a night of bliss for comedy lovers.

“I always feel honoured every time I entertain people. All I can say is, they should expect more funny stories and interesting interpretations on the way we do things as a people,” said Bones, who stole the show last October as the opening act for South African comedian Joey Rasdien in Maseru.

“I believe it is high time we highlight the funny side of what happens in our nation and show other nations all the facets of this country.”

 

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