Trevor Noah made SA comedy history by being the first South African comedian to appear on The Tonight Show in 2012 and The Late Show with David Letterman in 2013. Tats Nkonzo, a young South African stand-up comedian, might very well be following in Noah’s footsteps.
In December 2014, Nkonzo was selected to represent South Africa at the Montreux Comedy Contest, Europe’s biggest comedy festival. After competing against top comedians from all around the world, he was crowned the winner of the contest.
Nkonzo’s performance at the Montreux Comedy Contest caught the attention of Mick Perrin, a giant in the comedy business and the man behind some of the most iconic comedy tours and acts. Perrin has worked with the likes of Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Lewis Black, Stephen Amos and South Africa’s very own Trevor Noah. He also featured as a guest judge at the Montreux Comedy Contest.
Perrin has taken Nkonzo under his wing, this month added him to the list of incredible comedians signed to Mick Perrin Worldwide.
“Comedy is a global art form and should have no borders. When we conceived the contest, our intention was to break down these borders and bring the comedy world together. I’m very happy that through this global talent search, we can now create opportunities like this for talented comedians like Tats and others. I wish him every success in his new adventure with Mick Perrin Worldwide,” said Gregoire Furrer, founder of the Montreux Comedy Contest.
Nkonzo is very excited about this opportunity and in true comedic style, had this to say:
“I’d like to thank Trevor Noah and Loyiso Gola’s parents for having relations in order for their sons to grow up and show me that it can be done. Durex nearly messed this up for me. But that’s in the past. It’s all very exciting.”
Sources: Tats Nkonzo, Total Exposure