It’s all about the funny, let’s be honest, and we all need a good laugh in these current times. Enter stage left stand-up comedienne and actress, Khanyisa Bunu, who has just inked a management deal with leading South African artist and event management company, Blu Blood. She’ll also be opening for Trevor Noah’s upcoming tour in Johannesburg and Durban. What a way to celebrate ‘girl power’ this Women’s Month.
Hailing from the small town of Whittlesea in the Eastern Cape, where she was a high school Geography and English teacher, Khanyisa Bunu has always known she was funny. “There wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t get a kick out of making my students or the teachers roar with laughter,” recalls Khanyisa.
As a child, Khanyisa was always the centre of attention, regaling her family with stores of her mischievous comings and goings at boarding school. And now she’s caught the attention of the local entertainment scene.
Khanyisa relocated to Johannesburg in 2008 and shortly after, she decided to take a leap of faith and follow her talent, which saw her entering SABC 1’s reality TV show, So You Think You Are Funny?. Getting into the Top Six finals solidified her path, and she began to pursue a full-time career as a comedian, actress and entertainer.
Khanyisa has performed on some of South Africa’s most prestigious and well-known stages. Her performances have been revered by critics and show-goers alike. She has performed and hosted a number of major headline events too including Kings & Queens of Comedy, Blacks Only and the Comedy Central Roast Battle in 2016.
Khanyisa has performed on the international circuit too with outstanding performances in Botswana, Nigeria, Swaziland and most notably at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club in the capital of comedy, New York City.
Her comedy milestone in her career so far, was becoming the first woman to win the coveted Audience Choice Award at the 2015 Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards.
She has guest appeared on South African television screens as well and taken part in various televised comedy shows. Her most well-known performances have been on Season 4 of Ses Top La Season 4 on SABC 1 and her most current appearances on eTV’s Scandal.
She is also an accomplished writer and has written as a columnist for several community newspapers over the years. Her first Xhosa novel, Umbhodamo was published by Maskew Miller in 2013, to critical acclaim and is currently a setbook in the Eastern Cape for Grade 8 and 9.
Khanyisa’s brand of good, clean comedy sets her apart in the current world of stand-up and entertainment. “I see myself as a very versatile performer and I hope to one day produce and direct for television and the big screen. My dream is to be the most sought after female performer and comedian in Africa, and my journey is only just beginning,” adds Khanyisa.