Of course women can be funny! interview with female comedian Jar Jar.
|Publication:||Name: Sister Namibia Publisher: Sister Namibia Audience: Academic; General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Sister Namibia ISSN: 1026-9126|
|Issue:||Date: Sept-Dec, 2011 Source Volume: 23 Source Issue: 3|
|Persons:||Named Person: Jar Jar|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: Namibia Geographic Code: 6NAMI Namibia|
There is a stereotype that women aren't funny - why do you
think this so?
Whoever came up with that myth must be shot in the left knee, and if they survive, they must be shot again! Of course women can be funny! As long as you joke about things that you are familiar with.
I think that stereotype came about, because the majority of comics are men. But I for one really want to prove that stereotype wrong and hopefully pave the way for more female comics to come out and showcase their talents.
How powerful is comedy as a tool for communicating important issues that are usually hard to talk about?
Comedy is a very important and useful tool. It's a brilliant ice breaker to get a serious topic across to the audience. Even though some topics are hard to joke about like rape, AIDS, domestic abuse etc., one could always start it off with a joke and then get into it. But there are also other serious topics such as corruption and the shortage of government condoms that will make excellent comedy material.
Should comics be taken seriously (lol) - and if yes, why?
LOL that question is kind of tricky. Let me let you in on a comic's top secret. We are ONLY to be taken serious at exactly 19h37. But due to the nature of the Comic Mafia Board I cannot go into depth as to why we choose that specific time.
A lot of comics, especially males, make sexist and sometimes misogynistic (hateful towards women) jokes. Do you think that sometimes comedy can cross the line?
Oh yes. I have seen comic shows that really degrade women - and what makes me even angrier is that women in the audience laugh and clap. My material is aimed at empowering women and also to bring the fact across that one can have a great show without cursing and having sex jokes from beginning to end.
If you weren't a comic-what other creative expression would you do?
I really wanted to be a club DJ. I have a good ear for music. But lately I have developed a strong liking for photography. I'm still young though and believe I can still be what I want to be.
Why did the chicken really cross the road?
That poor chicken didn't know what it got itself into. I was actually there when it crossed the road. And the road was gravel, to make matters worse. It came all the way from the North to seek work in the city, but little did it know the job was at KFC. This is why I never laugh at that question. Shame, man.
Jar Jar, real name Ndiyana Kalenga, was born 23 years ago in Okahao but grew up in the southern coastal town of Oranjemund. She is currently graduating at the Polytechnic of Namibia with a major in Economics and is a member of the Free Your Mind Comedy team in Windhoek.
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