African Celebrity Man Of The DAY Is David Kibuuka – Writer On The Daily show
David Kibuuka was born in Uganda on 22 August 1980. He relocated to Krugersdorp, South Africa with his family at a young age to escape the dictatorship of Idi Amin in Uganda.
He attended the University of Witwatersrand and graduated with an Honours degree in finance. However, he always had a particular interest in improvised comedy and acting.
After graduation, he joined a contest held by 5FM called Freshest Five that was searching for the new comedy talents.
As the winner of the contest, he earned the right to work with local comedians such as Kagiso Lediga, John Vlismas and David Kau.
His appearance in the King – Size Comedy Festival attracted the attention of comedians like Barry Hilton and John Vlismas, who invited him on their upcoming tours.
Consequently, he started to appear as the opening comedian for their shows such as the Blacks Only Comedy Show hosted at Sandton Convention Centre.
His TV debut was in 2004 with the SABC 1 comedy show called Pure Monate Show. He was one of the lead actors during the first two seasons. His acting skills were praised and he quickly became one of the favourite performers of the show.
He started attracting more attention world-wide starting in 2006. His first international appearance was in 2006 when he performed on stage during the Heavyweight Comedy Jam in London.
In 2008, he appeared on stage with his opening show when the famous Australian comedian Carl Barron visited South Africa during his world tour.
This was Kibuuka’s first opening alongside a world-famous comedian.
Thanks to his early accomplishments in the 2000s, he was much more active during the 2010s.
Having established a reputation in South Africa, he got various offers to be a regular performer in Johannesburg, and performed regularly at venues like Parkers, Comedy Underground and Tanz Café.
In the meantime, he shared the stage with Trevor Noah, which enhanced his reputation further.
In the early 2010s, he wrote, directed and played in two commercials.
The first one was for Cell-C’s campaign for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, while the other one was a parody of the Die Antwoord song Fatty Boom Boom that he co-wrote along with Kagiso Legida.
He organized his very first one man show called “David Wasn’t Built In A Day” in 2011.
The content and Kibuuka’s performance received critical acclaim and earned Kibuuka the Standard Bank Ovation Award during the National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown.
Following the success of his solo show, he toured in Africa and gave several performances in 2013. That same year, he hosted Stand Up in Africa.
His acting skills extended beyond stand-up shows, as he wrote scripts for many comedy shows. The most famous one was the movie “Bunny Chow”, in which he also played as the lead actor.
The movie became a commercial box-office success and received awards at international film festivals in Los Angeles, Toronto, Melbourne and Cape Town.
In 2015, it was reported that he joined the Daily Show as a staff writer alongside Trevor Noah.
Kibuuka’s unique sense of humour has always received positive response from authorities.
As the saying goes ‘laughter is the best medicine’ Thanks to David Kibuuka and his team millions of people around the world are healed through laughter!
Photo Credit: David Kibuuka