What did the folks say when they heard y‚Äôall wanted to become comedians?
Bongani: Well, I eventually got my degree so comedy took a back seat for a while for me. I got a job in advertising but I was never happy, something was always missing. Then went to pursue it (comedy) till one day while I was on stage, someone stole the steering wheel of my car and the next day I went and quit my job. I told them Jesus took the wheel and that was a sign.
TshisaLIVE: So you think it was Jesus huh?
Bongani: Yeah, I‚Äôm kind of convinced it was Jesus. Yeah, my VW steering is probably chilling in his cabinet in heaven. So yeah then I told my mom, who said “Child that‚Äôs a hobby‚ÄĚ but now she sees it. Jesus knew what he was doing when he took that wheel.
Tsitsi: So with me it was weird for them because I was doing Game Design and I was doing amazing. Plus, I think I was one of just two black South Africans doing and finishing the degree on the continent. But I started feeling frustrated because everything I did was attributed to the fact that, ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs the black guy”. So I casually told my parents, ‚ÄėI‚Äôm gonna focus a bit more on the comedy’.¬†
But my parents just thought it was a hobby, so they were fine. But then I moved to Cape Town and found my comedy feet, which enabled me to travel a lot. I also loved it because it was so inclusive – it was anything I needed it to be. The folks never actually understood how comedy could be a career though. My mom always says I use Trevor Noah as a scapegoat. So every time she‚Äôll just go like, ‚ÄúAi wena le Trevor, everyday ke Trevor!‚ÄĚ