Ndumiso ‘The Roosta’ Lindi is a pioneering comedian in the local landscape and has taken the scene by storm with his real, raw approach to the medium. He’s just announced that he will be taking his new one-man show ‘Boys Don’t Cry In July’ out on the road this month and, to celebrate, we caught up with the comedian who gave us the low down.
The South African comedy space has grown so much over the past decade. What, in your opinion, attributes to this growth?
I think now people are more exposed to stand-up comedy and know what it’s about compared to when we started comedy. I didn’t know what stand up was when best friend pushed me to do it. I learnt as I did it, I met more comedians who mentored and shaped me to the comedian that I am today. We had a few DVDs back then to checkout for research but today, comedy is everywhere. You can just log on your phone and watch.
You’ve got an exciting new comedy show coming out. What can one expect from ‘Boys Don’t Cry In July’?
This show is a personal one for me. It’s a dedication to my late father who I lost in July last year – hence the title ‘Boys Don’t Cry In July’. It’s a journey from growing up around this great man, to talking about what I have experienced in this life and also talking about whatever current issues the country is facing but still making sure everything goes back to title. As personal as this show is, at the end of the day, people must laugh so I have to go to dark corners in my head to find a good punchline.
You dedicate this show to your father. Tell us a bit more about your connection with him.
It was a special father/son relationship. I always say you can’t be friends with your parents until you’re an adult and have your own family – then they can watch and laugh at you struggling to control your own kids. It just feels like you downgrade a parent by calling them a friend. That relationship is a special. Sometimes you just want a word that will keep you going when life hits hard from your parent and that was my father. His words, advice and wisdom shaped me. We became closer and more open with each other the older I got.
How do you prepare for a brand-new stand-up show?
Sometimes I create a concept or theme and work towards it. Then I hit the stage. Stage time is very important. The more I work those ideas the more they get longer and take shape. Sometimes even new ideas are born on stage and I expand them off stage. Then an hour show starts forming and you just watch it grow.
Other than the show, what does the rest of 2019 have in store for you?
I’m still on tour with the funny Lady Tumi Morake with our show Married But Not To Each Other. We still have more cities and towns to visit and we want to add on other neighbouring countries too. I also have another conceptual line-up comedy show I’m planning to do called ‘Keeping Up with the Xhosaz’ that should be happening in August. I’m dedicating this year to special projects and collaborations.
“Boys Don’t Cry in July” will be taking place at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton from the 23rd to 27th of July. Tickets are available from Computicket now.