Stand-up comedian Daliso Chaponda has announced a UK tour for 2024 entitled ‘Feed This Black Man Again’.
The tour, which begins on 11 February at Glasgow’s The Stand follows on from the comedian’s first solo show ‘Feed This Black Man’ 20 years ago in Canada which saw him dissect the way Africans were always portrayed as starving, negative stereotypes that were all supported by charities. The jokes were mediocre, it included an offensive rap about poverty and the big finale was his eating a sandwich on stage.
Now, for two decades he is a seasoned writer and performer having secured a coveted spot on the Royal Variety Show, written and starred in four series of ‘Citizen of Nowhere’ for Radio 4 series and was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent.
In this brand-new show, Daliso talks about how different the show would have been if he had written it now instead of the original time, and wondered if he would have cared as much about white privilege, or cultural misportrayal as he did as a 21-year-old.
Now the 43-year-old Daliso critiques the naivete of that 21-year-old what ridiculous preconceptions he had and how naive all young people had at the time of ways of ‘changing the world’.
In which ways would the young Daliso be disappointed at the person he became? He would have loved the fact he had made a living as a comedian, but less so the fact he has no wife or kids. It’s also questionable that over the years he has had weird relationships with girlfriends – a stripper, a single mother and an ex who was a compulsive liar, he has even tried dating an artificial intelligence bot… The young Saliso would have been disappointed. However politically, that would have been his biggest disappointment, as he’s not a campaigner… And what will happen to him in 21 years?
Commenting on his tour, he said: “Touring comedy is what I love most and do best. What’s interesting about this show is that I look back on how I started, and where I am and get to the bottom of why I love and need this. It’s all very therapeutic and new age, but also I think this show is full of fun”