The Malawian born stand up Daliso Chaponda has announced a UK tour with a brand new unseen show entitled ‘Apocalypse Not Now’. The tour starts on 30th July at Leeds Wardrobe and culminates next May! Daliso has performed all over the world, including two previous UK tours and at the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Singapore and Cape Town comedy festivals.
“Can’t wait to have an ACTUAL audience in front of me and make ACTUAL people laugh. I am overcapitalising because I’ve been entertaining people on a screen for a year. ACTUAL people. You’ll cry with laughter; I’ll cry with joy. It could get messy.” DALISO CHAPONDA JUNE 2021
2020-21 has felt quite a lot like an apocalypse for Daliso, who by now should have done a full season at the Edinburgh Fringe, a national tour, and who knows how many more gigs! As one of the UK’s hardest working comedians he didn’t stop and during lock-down built a whole new following online with his daily crowd-sourced comedy shows (he completed 200!) – one of the success stories of the pandemic!
The last few months also inspired him to write ‘Apocalypse Not Now’ – a show about change not just in the world but in himself. He spent the first two lockdowns totally alone trying not to go crazy. He was Mr Independent and now, after his elongated period of solitude, he has changed his opinion on being alone, in fact he asked a friend (who was in an abusive relationship and has mental health issues) to move in with him. Finally he was forced to COMPROMISE and this made him realize that freedom isn’t everything!
In this show he also talks about his father, who was wrongly accused of a crime, for which he went to trial and was acquitted from. Over a three-year period, when Daliso was in Malawi, he went from golden boy to someone who the locals threw stones at…. He was condemned by proxy. During that time, he hired a spy, after his father’s office was set on fire, after he realized that his father’s house was bugged – talk about change!
Daliso shot to fame and captured the hearts of the nation on Britain’s Got Talent 2017 where he reached the final and was Amanda Holden’s Golden Buzzer act. He has gone on to amass an outstanding 300 million plus YouTube & Facebook views!
Last November he performed on The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) with other notable TV appearances under his belt that include three appearances on QI (BBC2) and is a series regular on the Apprentice You’re Fired (BBC2). He is also due to appear on this years Rhod Gilbert’s Growning Pains for Comedy Central. His Radio 4 show ‘Citizen Of Nowhere’, which he wrote and stars in, is back for a third series this October.
His last stand-up show ‘Blah Blah Blacklist’ received critical acclaim from the Edinburgh Festival and his previous show ‘What The African Said’ sold out a 50 + date UK tour and also received much critical praise.
In addition to Stand up Comedy, Daliso is also a prolific fiction writer. He has published science fiction and was a finalist in the ‘Writers of The Future’ competition run by L. Ron Hubbard publishing based in the USA and he has had his murder mysteries and fantasy fiction in numerous magazines and anthologies. Over the past 6 months he has also written his first young adult novel ‘The Page Divers’ about a young Iranian girl who can physically pull objects out of books!
WATCH DALISO IN ACTION: ttps://vimeo.com/316148208
DATES IN FULL: BOX OFFICE
Fri 30th LEEDS – Wardrobe 0113 3838800
Fri 10th SALFORD – The Lowry 0343 208 6000
Sat 25th HELMSLEY – Arts Centre 01439 771700
Fri 1st CRAWLEY – The Hawth 01293 553636
Wed 13th EDINBURGH – The Stand 0131 558 7272
Thurs 14th GLASGOW – The Stand 0141 212 3389
Sun 24th CARDIFF – Glee Club 0871 472 0400
Thurs 28th BORDON – Phoenix Arts 01420 472 664
Thurs 11th NEWCASTLE – The Stand 0191 300 9700
Sat 13th BRISTOL – The Wardrobe Theatre 0117 902 0344
Fri 26th COVENTRY – Warwick Arts Centre 024 7652 4524
Fri 3rd SELBY – Town Hall 01757 708449
Sat 22nd BARNARD CASTLE – The Witham 01833 631107
Sat 29th SALE – Waterside 0161 912 5616
Fri 4th MAIDENHEAD – Norden Farm 01628 788997
Sat 5th OXFORD – North Wall Arts 01865 319450
Sat 12th BURTON-ON-TRENT – The Brewhouse 01283 508100
Sun 13th BATH – Komedia 01225 489070
Sat 26th CAMBRIDGE – Junction 01223 511 511
Sun 6th OTLEY – Courthouse 01943 467466
Sat 19th STOCKTON – ARC Stockton 01642 525199
Thurs 31st BRIGHTON – Komedia Studio 01273 647100
Sat 23rd WARRINGTON – Pyramid Arts Centre 01925 442345
Thurs 5th PETERBOROUGH – The Key Theatre 01733 207239