Artist Spotlight, Philip Dikotla!!!

This funny man is well known for his brand of comedy which is fresh, woke-ish and intellectual-like. But it is his little known wild side – having stupendously drunk moments dancing on tables in clubs, and his tales of a naughty boy turn into a naughty man –  which I think your readers would be most interested to know about him.

A ‘socially arkward’ gentleman who this year celebrates 10 years as a performing artist. Philips’ art mirrors his everyday-everyman-like demeanour which presents a side-splitting view on our everyday experiences and conversations. His narrative, edgy, self-depreciative humour, brilliant delivery, and performance of his story-like jokes, boldly favours authenticity over likability, and sets him apart from an array of rising comedians in South Africa.

A multi award winning theatre actor, writer, and director, Philip holds the Olive Schreiner Award for Drama (the youngest writer ever to be conferred this award); Fleur du Cap Award for best performance in a one man show; Standard Ovation Award; Arts and Culture Trust Impact Award for theatre; Zabalaza Festival Best production; Cape Town Fringe Fresh Festival Award; and the Naledi Award for Best Community Theatre Production.

Other interesting facts about Philip include:

  • He is a published playwright.
  • He served as an usher at the market theatre, and to this day you can see the young Phillip seated on the staircases of LOYISO GOLA’s Gola for president one man comedy special, filmed live at the market theatre.
  • Phillip Dikotla’s one man play Skierlik, was the longest running play at the Soweto theatre.
  • A year ago, Phillip Dikotla decided to stop performing at many comedy venues, to further develop and find his own unique fresh voice and trend as a comedian.
  • Phillip Dikotla, unlike many comedians, started his journey in comedy doing one man shows, and continues to grow that approach.
    He is also part of the sketch comedy crew, with Pule Skhothane, and Jefferson “JBobs” Tshabalala.

Of upcoming performances, Philip speaks of his return to Soweto where the comedy bug bit him when he took part in the South African Comedy Academy workshops held at the Soweto Theatre in June 2012. This time, on Saturday 26 April 2019, he will showcase StageTime – a live and original one-man stand-up comedy show bringing a uniquely Phillip Dikotla experience, telling everyday stories with a mind wobbling, twisted, no-holds-barred display of conversational, hilarious, funny, and an unreserved honest comedic perspective like no other. A breath of fresh air for comedy lovers. Finally, a show that gets audiences riled-up, excited, talking back, and more.

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