Britain’s Got Talent comedian Daliso Chaponda to film stand-up show at The Orchard, Darford, for DVD

PUBLISHED: 14:28 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:28 21 May 2018

Daliso Chaponda will be at The Orchard, Dartford, on June 1. Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Daliso Chaponda will be at The Orchard, Dartford, on June 1. Photo: Steve Ullathorne 07961 380969

One of Britain’s freshest comedians is set to record his DVD show at Dartford after taking Britain’s Got Talent by storm.

Daliso Chaponda plans to have the cameras set up at The Orchard when he appears on June 1.

The 37-year-old, originally from Malawi, has already set the judges and audiences on fire during his appearances on Britain’s Got Talent, including being a finalist.

It was Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer that set him on the road to television fame.

His stage show is called What The African Said… and highlights much of his difficult former life.

But after his two big appearances on the talent show, he has seen more than eight million Facebook views and nine million hits on YouTube which all helped set him up for a 52-date UK tour.

Daliso has also been confirmed for his own Radio 4 series called Citizen Of Nowhere.

But it has not always been easy. Gags about Malawi’s president and his dad, who was a cabinet minister at the time, attracted threats of arrest.

Plus he had a pop at a so-called prophet in Zimbabwe, and those in Africa still against homosexuality which prompted sinister deaths threats.

The former computer programmer says he is determined to continue to batter down the doors of censorship, without being offensive to those who are unable to hit back.

He said: “That sums up my approach perfectly. I have been told that I am controversial but I really try not to be.

“It is not like I am going to put in a joke about something as awful as paedophilia just to get a laugh.

“I like to talk and joke about the way people live their lives and how they go about things.

“I have seen Peter Kay and he is so British I didn’t get a lot of what he was saying. I love Sarah Millican.”

His stage show is also about the things we say to each other; gossip, tall stories and love.

Never having seen stand-up before, it was a trip to a Montreal comedy club that gave him something to aim for. A series of open mic sessions in the UK saw him move up to the bigger circuit gigs. And then came Britain’s Got Talent, which rarely sees a comedian do well.

As for getting into trouble in his home country, he said: “I am a hero there now and could probably say what I like. The last time I went there, a lot of people were wearing my T-shirts at the airport.

“If you drew a line between North Korea and Sweden where you can say what you like in Sweden and nothing in North Korea, I would say Malawi is about half way. But now, because the people there love me, I can say what I want to without fear.”

He added: “I visited so many countries growing up. All my education was in English. I am still learning what the British love and hate, and that makes for good material in the show.”

He has appeared at festivals in Melbourne, Edinburgh, Singapore and Cape Town, and still writes his beloved science fiction, murder mysteries and fantasy fiction.

Daliso said: “Since going on Talent, my life has been so busy. It seems people are only now discovering me, but I have been around doing this for some time. This country is brilliant for a comedian to train, because some crowds are tougher than others.

“It makes me constantly review my material to ensure it hits the mark just right. I am not out to offend. I don’t want to shock people but I like to discuss things and make a point in subjects that sometimes people are uncomfortable with.

“Thirteen year olds and grandmothers come to my shows. But I do like to talk about sensitive subjects, but in a sensible way.”


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