+3 Interview: Daliso Chaponda: Blah Blah Blacklist

“Last year, I did a tour show at the ‘Queen’s Hall’ but while one stage I accidentally called it the ‘King’s Hall’ which made the audience jeer in unison “Queen! Queen!””

WHO: Daliso Chaponda, Performer

WHAT: “Daliso shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent and has gone on to amass over 100 million YouTube views, write and star in his critically acclaimed Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere, and appear on The Apprentice: You’re Fired, News Quiz and The Now Show. In his hilarious, daring new show, Daliso looks at disgraced, blacklisted celebrities and historical figures we’re ashamed we once admired. There’s also the small matter of family member arrests, exploding buildings in his home country and the enterprising Malawian who tried to blackmail him.”

WHERE: Gilded Balloon Teviot – Wine Bar (Venue 14) 

WHEN: 18:30 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

I have performed in comedy clubs in Edinburgh over the years. I’ve done multiple festivals. I kissed someone backstage in a tent once. Also, last year, I did a tour show at the ‘Queen’s Hall’ but while one stage I accidentally called it the ‘King’s Hall’ which made the audience jeer in unison “Queen! Queen!”

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

While I was in Malawi, my home country, in the same day I had

1) a group of people interrupt my dinner to ask for an autograph and selfies
2) some people who hated me throw stones at a car I was in

I often am confused as to whether the people of Malawi love me or hate me.

Tell us about your show.

The show is called Blah Blah Blacklist. It is a show about the public figures who have been disgraced because of dumb tweets or criminality. It’s also about why those people were throwing stones at my car. I wrote it. I also rewrote it and will have rewritten it two more times before this Q&A goes to print.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

After seeing me, my audience should buy another ticket and watch me again. Then, and only after watching my show twice, they should watch Maisie Adam, Adam Rowe, and Richard Herring.


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