Big Mitch speaks on the state of local comedy.
He has the titles Last comic of the year, Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Awards comic of the year, Favorite comic of the year and Red Bull Namibia comic of the year under his belt. Big Mitch speaks to unwrap.online on the state of comedy and what the awards he has won mean to him.
He won his first award two nights before burying someone close to him. Big Mitch recalls rewriting his whole script on the stage due to all the emotions he was going through.
“Yoh. My first award last comic standing is one of the most meaningful to me because that’s the year I lost my sister. It took a lot of my energy and strength to keep a straight face on stage,” he says.
The twice Pan African Comic nominee was awarded the Simply You Magazine Lifestyle and Fashion Award comic of the year the following year says the achievement means a lot to him as the whole country rallied behind him. He, however, says he wishes more corporate companies would show support to the arts industry. According to him, many of them believe most of their return will be and is from music. It’s pretty tough to get a sponsor for a comedy show I tell you. It’s almost like they take as for a joke haha.
“But I think comedy is a large part of life and entertainment itself and it will be wise for corporates to partner with comics cause as we all know music and movies etc have a link to comedy and the biggest business is movies and our movie industry is growing at a good pace and comedy reigns in movies. So supporting the growth of comedy can really affect the fast growth of the comprehensive industries too,” says Big Mitch.
Big Mitch says he will not be taking part in application submissions as he wants to give his fellow comedians a chance to win.