Carl realises his dream

WHAT started off as a dream for comedian Carl Joshua Ncube (pictured) is fast becoming a reality — being a world renowned comedian.

With their formidable marketing skills, Carl and his wife Nelsy are a strong force on the local comic stage, as well as internationally.

A few months ago, the two decided to vie for the Guinness World Record for the highest number of comedy shows in a week.

He accomplished 31 shows in a week two weeks ago, out of the desired 35, but this puts him in the running for the record.

Soon after his individual shows, Carl jetted off to Uganda where he performed with other continental comedians, including Anne Kansiime.

What is only left is for Carl and his team to put together the videos, and required material and send it to the Guinness Book of Records team for consideration.

His journey started off in Cape Town, coming back to Zimbabwe and holding shows in Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Kadoma.

Next week he will be jetting off to South Africa again, before going to Dubai, Germany, France, Malasyia in November and Thailand in December.

The comedian tackles everyday issues affecting Zimbabweans.  “The journey has been amazing, the support unbelievable. We started off in Cape Town and the number of people that came out was great. We did not realise how big it was until people started sharing on social media, and even came out to watch the shows.

“I even heard people in the United Kingdom say ‘Hey Carl I cannot make it but will buy tickets and you can give them to anyone’, that’s how tremendous the support has been,” he said.

The record he is attempting to break is currently held by an Australian comedian, Mark Murphy (2007).
Murphy did 30 comedy gigs in a week, in 30 different venues around Australia, on October 14-20, 2007.
Carl’s manager and wife, Nelsy said they were confident of breaking the record.

“People supported us. This whole thing took a lot of planning and we can’t say we are too exhausted.
“Apart from breaking the record, achieving this much in a space of seven days is no mean feat,” she said.
In 2015, Guinness World Records — the ultimate authority in record-breaking achievements — celebrated the 60th anniversary of its first published edition and the creation of one of the world’s most successful and recognised brands.

The idea for a book of records began in the early 1950s when Sir Hugh Beaver (1890 —1967), Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery, attended a shooting party in County Wexford. There, he and his hosts argued about the fastest game bird in Europe, and failed to find an answer in any reference book.

In 1954, recalling his shooting party argument, Sir Hugh had the idea for a Guinness promotion based on the idea of settling pub arguments and invited the twins Norris (1925-2004) and Ross McWhirter (1925-75) to compile a book of facts and figures.

After an initial research phase, work began on writing the book, which took 13 and a half 90-hour weeks, including weekends. —Sharon Muguwu

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