Mad Martin, Arthur Chipembere through


Mad Martin, real name Martin Chiotcha and Arthur Chipembere on Saturday made it through during the stand-up comedy auditions held at M-Theatres in Blantyre.

Having picked Lurein Perreira last weekend, M-Theatres was looking for more stand-up comedians to participate in the main show on July 1 which is International Comedy Day.

M-Theatres situated at Chichiri Shopping Mall in Blantyre is known for screening movies but its proprietor Sunduzwayo Jere said they want to help grow the creative industry.


Mad Martin, impressed the judges with his style of comics to make it through although he is still not yet there.

“It was all about how the audience reacted, this was my third time to show my comics, the first one I did well but the second one I was booed and now this one better,” he said.

Mad Martin said he wants to work very hard and grace international platforms.


“It’s challenging doing stand-up comedy but for now what I do is that when I think of a joke, I write it down and then refine it,” he said.

Unlike last weekend where 11 contestants registered, only five participated this time with only one female participant.

Arthur Chipembere, who also participated last weekend but did not make it, came again and this time he was successful.

“It’s exciting to go through; I am looking forward to the main event. All I want is to go international and be known but I need to work hard. I believe I have talent,” Chipembere said.

The only female participant Monica Maia, who also auditioned last week, failed to make it through.

Female artist Rina said it was fun watching the auditions.

“It was something new for me, but it was fun. I believe with time things change we just need to keep working hard,” she said.

The female artist has been silent but she indicated that she is working on different projects aimed at empowering women.

Jere said it was interesting to see more people patronise the auditions and that they were satisfied with the two who have made it through.

“It’s quite encouraging with the way things have gone and we are satisfied with those picked because they are original. As M-Theatres we want to give an opportunity to comedians to create an industry,” he said.

He said the three stand-up comedians will perform on July 1 where people will pay.

“With the international comedy day we felt we should have something. All we can say is there is more coming and people should just watch the space,” he said.

Jere said there was need to support local acts and that as M-Theatres they want to expose stand-up comedians.

The country is yet to rise as far as stand-up comedy is concerned but others have done well among them Daliso Chaponda, who came third in Britain’s Got Talent 2017

Mad Martin, Chipembere through

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