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Tsepiso Nzayo

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Birth Name: Tsepiso Sathie Nzayo
Born: 23 October 1984
Origin: Grahamstown, Makana
Residing: Grahamstown, Makana
Occupation: Comedian, Performer, Events Promoter, Programme Director (MC)
Comedy Genre: Stand-up comedy (English & isiXhosa) I do general jokes, but I specialise in Christian and Political satire
Years Active 2010 – present
Label/Management: MPD Group
Associated Acts: Loyiso Gola, Ndumiso Lindi, Skhumba Hlophe, Donovan Goliath, Mbu Msongelwa, Anele Shube, Carl Joshua Ncube, Roland Gaskin, Siya B, Siya Seya, Virgil Prins
Twitter: @TsepisoNzayo
Facebook: Tsepiso Sathie Nzayo
Website (if any):

Tsepiso Nzayo is an Eastern Cape comedian from Grahamstown. He is like nothing you have ever heard before, in a good way. As soon as he leaps on to stage, he owns it. Drawing inspiration from life itself, he has the ability to take the most mundane things, give them an injection of life that will leave you in tears with laughter. Although his career is still in its infancy he has shared stages with comedic giants such as Loyiso Gola, Ndumiso Lindi and Zimbabwean Carl Joshua Ncube. He also had a weekly slot on Mhlobo Wenene for nearly an entire year between 2012 and 2013.

Career Synopsis:

His comedy days began when he realised that he was unrivalled at ‘ukugorana’ (a popular teasing childhood game) with his childhood friends. This flair finally took shape when he decided to turn the tables at a rather sombre poetry evening. In true Tsepiso style, he transformed the entire atmosphere, those who were sobbing from the bleeding open poetic letters were now in stitches and howls of laughter. It is one thing to make a crowd laugh in a comedy show, who had come to expecting to find humour in anything you said but it is truly extraordinary to make a crying crowd erupt into laughter. From that day he knew that this was where his calling lied.

Nzayo is definitely not your average comedian who took to the microphone as a means to an end. He holds an Honours degree in African Languages. The promotion of reading and African Languages lie is the heart of his work. He has chosen the stage as his form of protest in bringing about awareness to these issues. This is especially evident in his work with Nal’ibali where he is a cluster mentor. It is thus no surprise that Nzayo’s greatest aspiration is to host an entirely Xhosa one man show.

As if comedy and toyi toying’ for African Languages and reading were not enough. He is also a sought after MC, with prestigious events such as the University of Fort Hare Dance Reunion, Makana Municipality Name Change Debate and the Rhodes University 2nd Multilingualism Awareness Colloquium under his belt in 2013 alone.

Nzayo is undeniably a torch bearer in the Eastern Cape comedy circles and brings something creatively new to the scene. There is a subtle relatable intellectualism to his comedy that is sure to intrigue, inspire and compel any audience to roll on the floor in hysterics of laughter.


2010: Big Announcement Comedy Show (Opening Act)

One man show of a top Zimbabwean comedian (Carl Joshua Ncube). He was performing at Rhodes and I was opening for him

2011: Lover Plus Another Poetry Challenge (MC)

A national poetry competition I was MCing at Rhodes with Virgil Prins.

2012: 99% Xhosa Comedy (Performing Act)

A Huge isiXhosa comedy event with South Africa’s top comedians. He did East London and Port Elizabeth, organiser is Monwabisi Grootboom and this is where Nzayo a stage with Skhumba Hlophe, Siya B, Donovan Goliath, Siya Seya, Anele Shube and Mbu ManyLaughs

2012: Nam Ndiyakwazi (Main Act)

A sold out one man-man show by Tsepiso Nzayo that hosted in Grahamstown. A show that was created for a good cause to contribute proceedings to Home of Joy Orphanage Home in Joza (Grahamstown). The event was supported by: Mbu Many Laughs, Words Anthem – an acoustic soul band from Port Elizabeth.


2012: Nam Ndiyakwazi (Main Act) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1vU2dFc7pM

Brief video of the whole show. Pre and Post event.

2013: BEATMagazineSA Launch (Performing Act)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUqj2cJf9Bg

2013: Value in Vernac Show (Performing Act)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llzuMrvpDQo

2013: Rhodes University 2nd multilingualism awareness colloquium (Performing Act) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydVVh9YCEYc


Comedy Shows

  • Lost Poet in A Comedy Show’ (2010) (Nzayo’s own show)
  • Nam Ndiyakwazi’ (2012). (Nzayo’s own show)
  • 99 % Xhosa comedy in East London and Port Elizabeth\Vodacom Comedy Campus Tour
  • Big Announcement 2011 (Opened for Carl Joshua Ncube)
  • Laugh and Lounge comedy nights (East London)

2012 Event credits as MC

  • Fingo Festival Gala dinner
  • Nombulelo Matric dance
  • Grahamstown 200 years’ celebrations dialogue
  • Lover plus another poetry competition (Rhodes)
  • Walter Sisulu University Fashion Show
  • Soul Clap Sessions – Mandela day celebrations
  • Pour La View Fashion Show (Grahamstown Town Hall)
  • Baby Guru Fashion show (Fort hare University)

2013 Event credits as MC

  • Makana Municipality name change debate
  • Makana Municipality public dialogue
  • Performed at BEATMagazineSA Launch (alongside Berita)
  • Regular host of Sunday Pholas sessions (East London)
  • Host of Hleka Sundays (Grahamstown)
  • Rhodes University 2nd multilingualism awareness colloquium
  • PUKU isiXhosa children stories festival launch (Zakes Mda and John Kani)
  • University of Fort Hare University dance re-union
  •  BEATMagazineSA’s Eastern Cape’s Hottest Of The Month Awards

2014 Events as MC

  • SASCO Right to learn rally campaign (Orient, East London)
  • Hleka Sundays (Grahamstown)
  • PUKU isiXhosa children stories festival Launch (Gcina Mhlophe and Sindiwe Magona)

Booking Details

Booking Agent: Simphiwe Mashexa
Company: MPD Group: Mass Media Company
Contact Details: Cell: 073 057 3654 E-mail: mpdgroup@yahoo.com



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