Fresh from their trip to Kempton Park to visit Schalk Bezuidenhout and his family, Skhumba is on the road again this time we’re trippin’ with him to KwaZulu-Natal.
Skhumba and his friend Celeste Ntuli will visit Ntuli’s home town as we learn more about where and how the Queen of Zulu comedy grew up.
Ntuli originally comes from eMabuyeni, just outside eSikhawini township in KwaZulu-Natal, and is the sixth child of eight.
The talented comedienne credits parental fatigue for her being allowed to try her hand at comedy. “That’s how I got to do comedy; they didn’t care anymore,” Celeste jokes.
At age 12, Ntuli and her family fled Eniwe. The ANC-IFP violence during the early 90s was at its height and KwaZulu-Natal was no place to raise children. She tells Skhumba:
“I remember leaving here in a hurry. It was really rough. The older generation were Inkatha. And then the younger people were more into ANC. So there was that conflict in families.”
Despite everything she overcame it wasn’t smooth sailing for Ntuli. She quit her job as a manager at CNA to try and make a go of a career in show business.
Her cousin remembers trying to talk her out of it when Celeste told him she was quitting her job to follow her dreams. She recall him being less than supportive: “No, telling jokes won’t work”.
He admits now that Celeste’s success has been an inspiration. Ntuli holds the distinction of being the first South African comedienne to record a one-woman show DVD – Seriously Celeste.
Ntuli is more than just a comedienne. She has been a darling of the small screen for years with her roles in Isibaya and Lockdown. Ntuli most recently starred in last year’s romantic comedy, Looking For Love.
Skhumba and his guests will be hosting Trippin with Skhumba: The Live Comedy Show this Saturday, at 1 Fox Junction in Newtown with the show starting at 20:00. Don’t miss out! Tickets are on sale now.
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