There is too much red tape around comedy in SA - Desmond Dube

South African entertainer Desmond Dube is probably best loved as a comedian. But he's also an actor, writer and producer.

He speaks to Phemelo Motene about the tricks of the trade and the particular complexities of hitting the right note in comedy and candid camera-type antics.

Our job is to make it look easy... You've got to make it seamless, particularly that type of comedy - pranks and candid camera.

Desmond Dube, Actor and comedian

Dube says it is comedy that drives and challenges him and bemoans the trend towards political correctness and pandering to politicians.

My worry now is there is too much red tape around comedy... We have to be favouring the politicians and I think that is a sad thing.

Desmond Dube, Actor and comedian

Activism of the arts has always been about being the watchdog for the people.

Desmond Dube, Actor and comedian

He highlights the fact however, that there are big names involved in community theatre.

I know a lot of actors who are running theatres in the townships, like the Olive Tree Theatre in Alexandra... These are big-name actors who are just trying to get the message across.

Desmond Dube, Actor and comedian

Listen below for the full conversation with Dube:


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