41. Daliso Chaponda; Malawian Comedian on Life in Exile, Anti-Apartheid Education in Swaziland, Hair Touching in Thailand and Britain’s Got Talent - The Big Travel Podcast

Episode 41
October 30 , 2018

41. Daliso Chaponda; Malawian Comedian on Life in Exile, Anti-Apartheid Education in Swaziland, Hair Touching in Thailand and Britain’s Got Talent

The son of political refugees, Malawian Comedian Daliso Chaponda had a truly fascinating upbringing in exile in Kenya, Somalia, Swaziland, Thailand, Bangladesh, Austria and Switzerland following his UN Diplomat father. Returning to Malawi was a culture shock as were the sexually liberated comedians in Canada who inspired him! He came third on Britain’s Got Talent and says Simon Cowell is a actually a really nice guy. 

 

On this episode we cover:

Being on the move from birth

His Malawian refugee parents

Born in Zambia, living in Kenya, Somalia

Growing up as an ‘exile baby’

His jarring return to homeland of Malawi

Lack of human rights in Malawi

Lack of freedom of speech in Malawi

His political refugee father

His parents working as teachers, doctors

His father joining the UN and working for The UN Refugee Agency

Malawi’s benevolent dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda 

His family home being tapped

Amnesty International badges

The family of four boys and two girls

Living in Kenya, Somalia, Swaziland, Thailand, Bangladesh, Austria and Switzerland

Going to boarding school in Swaziland

Having magical times living in Thailand

People touching his hair

The Australian guy who used the ‘n word’

Learning not to take anything at face value

Being approached by security in Singapore

Magical mall food courts in the Ambassador Hotel in Bangkok

Being the cool kid at school due to Thai bootlegging

How Swaziland is a peaceful place of Polygamy

How attending an anti-apartheid, experimental protest school changed him

How his fellow pupils are now working in politics or NGOs

The life of a diplomat’s son

Wanting to be a writer but forced into computer programming

Eddie Murphy’s Raw

Canada’s liberal comedy scene, talking about sex, drugs and more

Being instantly addicted to stand up comedy

Canada’s culture shock sexual liberation and freezing cold

Moving to London

Why he went onto Britain’s Got Talent

Not expecting to do as well as he did

Feeling like he’d stepped into the TV screen in front of

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams

Being part of the Britain’s Got Talent family

Warm-up comedian Ian Royce (previous Big Travel Podcast guest)

Using his African roots in his comedy

If this is poverty where is Bono and Unicef?

Zadie Smith White Teeth about having no fat poor people in Bangladesh

British humour and sarcasm – mocking friends!

The different styles of humour of comedians like Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle

Michael McIntyre

Visiting Rwanda for Rwanda Comedy Festival

How Rwanda has bounced back from the genocide

The brilliant street-cleaning community building plan in Rwanda

How we should do that elsewhere!

Working as a journalist in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia

Angry spiritual healers and AIDS

Fiji’s faith healers

Lisa’s granddad and shrunken skulls!

How the goats always get slaughtered

Tethering up your turkey for Christmas

Being threatened with prison for his joke about the Malawian president

Getting his Dad in trouble

The absurd angry messages he gets from trolls

Getting into trouble for joking about a prophet in Zimbabwe