Kibuuka cut his teeth in the comedy industry after winning a 5FM comedy talent search competition.
Kibuuka cut his teeth in the comedy industry after winning a 5FM comedy talent search competition.

Another local comedian is set to proudly represent the African continent in the US as he prepares to join Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.

David Kibuuka has already earned himself a name in comedy circles, having worked with Loyiso Gola as a contributor on e.tv’s Late Night News, a satirical show that sees the funny side of current affairs.

Kibuuka’s family moved to South Africa from Uganda in the 80s when they fled the regime of tyrant leader Idi Amin.

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“I was coming from Idi Amin to apartheid, so it was going to be a chaotic time,” he said. But after endless moves to new countries and schools, “things stabilised, like the history of this place stabilised,” he told the BBC in a 2012 interview.

He also said that what makes comedy interesting is the fact that you can touch on anything and not be held accountable for it.

“Comedy is the one [thing] that allows us to do the racial thing. That’s why comedy here is so race-based. It’s the only outlet where people can legitimately laugh without being taken to court,” he said.
“But I’m not antagonistic. Even in life. I want people to have a good time. That’s why I’m ‘Dave’ on stage – like, ‘Dave the neighbour – can I borrow your lawn mower?’”

Now, the comedian who is not afraid to touch on any subject will be joining Noah as a staff writer for The Daily Show, according to a report by Comedy Central Africa.

Kibuuka cut his teeth in the comedy industry after winning a 5FM comedy talent search competition.

He has enjoyed tremendous success and his first one man show, David Wasn’t Built in a Day, which he did in 2011, received a Standard Bank Ovation Award for the Best Comedy Show at the Grahamstown Arts Festival.

Apart from being a contributor on Late Night News, Kibuuka also got a taste of being a sports reporter, when he got a gig to cover the Fifa World Cup in Brazil last year for eNCA.

Amongst his achievements, he also holds an Honours Degree in Finance from Wits University.

Additional Reporting: BBC, Comedy Central, Entertainment Online