Young comedian on the block:Tiinashe Fortune Manyowa
This Is It is a dreamer, real name Tiinashe Fortune Manyowa, raised by his grandparents in Glen Norah B. He is a 22 years old comedian, events MC, choreographer, all in all an entertainer.
“Spreading laughter has always been a thing since my early school days and it was a cultivated habit that grew into a profession. My uncle is also an MC, very funny guy and i would say he had a huge role to play in shaping what i became over the years,”
said the bubbly guy when asked about his inspiration. Internationally he is inspired by Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah and Basket Mouth. Locally its King Kandoro and Doc Vikela who made him feel the need to do standup comedy after his performance at the NAMAs 2014. The Comic Pastor is also a great inspiration for him.
He also said, “My driving force is the need spread a message of positivity and happiness thru sharing everyday stories for everyday people, something they can relate to. “5 years down the i see myself as a household name in Zimbabwean comedy, telling the Zimbabwean story through comedy, not only locally but beyond our borders.”
He hosted and sold out his very first One Man Comedy Special on Dec 21 2020 and he also got a chance to perform at Joel Chiweda’s Gospel soul nights.
When asked about the challenges faced by comedians in the industry he had this to say, “The same thing that affects all creatives in Zimbabwe, our economy is not as favorable for Arts and Entertainment. Particularly in such times wherein we are facing this global pandemic, no shows means no economic progress making it even worse for us.”
If given the chance he would like to create a platform for upcoming comedians to give the people what they have got, penetrating the market is always a very difficult thing for upcoming comedians but I am sure if we work together it would be better, A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.