19 Oct

Chicago’s Comic: Long John

Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?

A: I was introduced to comedy by my grandparents. I fell in love with it when I saw how happy it made them feel every time they watched it on TV. Sometimes, we wouldn’t have something to eat for the next day but when we watched comedy, it made us forget and for a few minutes, we were laughing. So, I told myself, “One day, I want to make people feel that way.”

Q: Describe your first performance.

A: My first time ever performing comedy was terrible. I was 18 years old in the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare, from Chimanimani. I booked a five minute open spot at a local comedy club. I thought it would be easy be-cause I make my grandparents laugh. But when I went up on stage, all of a sudden, there were lights in my eyes, people looking at me and listening to every word I said. I tried doing my first gags and people booed me and the DJ started playing music. But I loved comedy so much I kept coming back to learn and now I’m doing it full time.

Q: Do you have “pre-show” rituals? If so, what are they?

A: I first pray to God, thanking him for the gift, then tell myself to have fun.

Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?

A: I love performing in Cape Town, South Africa because it’s a tourist destination, so I will be performing for mixed crowds from all over the world and I love crowds like that because I’ve always wanted to make any one from any country laugh.

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: Traveling, movies/music and learning new things.

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: Well, I had no idea what that was. I had to Google it and found out it’s a sandwich. I come from the village, so for us a sandwich is something people eat in the movies

Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?

A: People think I was born funny.

Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?

A: I would be a graphic designer or a filmmaker.

Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?

A: Well, I want to travel and perform on big stages such as Just for Laughs, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, etc. I want to be involved in Hollywood movies. Take my one-man show, “The Village Boy,” around the world. When I was a little kid in the village, I always made sure I watched The Tonight Show and I made a promise that one day I will be a guest on that show.

Q: What quality, trait and/or body part do you really like about your-self?

A: I like how big my feet are and you know what they say about guys with big feet. That they have big shoes.

Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you? [or any-thing else you’d like mentioned, i.e. your education, personal life or mission statement]

A: Well, I come from a small village in Zimbabwe called Chimanimani and I have been told that I will never be an international comedian and my ed-ucation system failed me. I had to teach myself a lot of things. Like how to speak and write English. But I believed I could be anything, so I want to be an inspiration to people like me around the world and give hope to people of my village.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: I will know that I’ve made it when I become an African comedian/actor with a global fanbase and I can finally afford to buy my mum a house


  • 11.2-3.2018: 19:00 @ Goliath Comedy Club in Johannesburg, South Africa (Melrose Arch)
  • 11.7.2018: 19:00 @ Shakers Cocktail Bar in Johannesburg, South Africa (300 Commissioner St.)
  • 11.15.2018: 19:00 @ Capital Craft in Centurion, South Africa (Highveld Centre)


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