After breaking streaming records with their original drama series ‘The Girl From St Agnes’, local streaming service Showmax has revealed that they’ve already started production on another exciting new local, original series titled ‘Trippin’ With Skhumba’.

As the title suggests, local comedian Skhumba, who won the Comic’s Choice Comic of the Year back in 2017, will be jet-setting around the country and will be joining a fellow South African comedian in their hometown as they explore places that won’t make any tourism brochures and share stories that would be edited out of any authorised biographies.

“As much as we love South African comedians, we are only exposed to what they do on stage as opposed to their backgrounds,” says Skhumba. “So on Trippin’ With Skhumba, I wanted to dig deeper into their lives and where they come from – far more than what I could ever get out of them by doing a normal interview, like on my radio show on Kaya FM.”

The show is set to start with a bang as an exciting list of local comedians have been chosen for the show’s debut season. The first season’s guests are Celeste Ntuli (Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal), Siya Seya (Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth), Salesman (Pretoria), Mashabela Galane (Moletjie, Limpopo), Tumi Morake (Bloemfontein); and Schalk Bezuidenhout (Kempton Park, Gauteng).

“Trippin With Skhumba is flipping funny,” says director Vincent Moloi, who helmed the 2018 Best Drama SAFTA winner Tjovitjo and also took home Best Documentary Director last year for Skulls of My People. “It’s real. It represents, to me, the ultimate exploration of South Africa’s humour in a very honest and truthful way. It has an uncompromisingly authentic texture. Be ready to laugh at our misfortunes and our greatness.”

The first season will end with an hour-long stand-up special, featuring Skhumba and his guests, as well as one new comedian from each hometown visited.

Trippin’ With Skhumba premieres on Showmax from 28 February 2019, with new episodes every Thursday.

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