Roni Modimola was one of the fastest rising superstars in South African comedy. He perfectly fits into the South African comedy industry and easily entertains a huge variety of people. He can charm any audience with his wit and style of comedy, which is vast. He is, therefore, perfectly suited for any function, be it corporate, birthdays, clubs and many others. Roni is a regular hit at major comedy venues across the country.
In spite of all the trials, he believes that South African comedy is headed in the right direction.
“It was in high school when I noticed that perhaps I’m funny. I realised this just from people and the company I kept. I witnessed the impact I had on them,” Roni said, “it was, however, not easy trying to do comedy in the 90s as a black man,” he added.
“However, comedians could ease up on the material about race. The industry has grown in leaps and bounds. It’s something we can move away from, unless there is a current issue on it,” he pointed out.
“As black comedians, we kind of hold a mirror for society; hence we need to move on par with the rest of the world. Wanting to be in the film industry is what inclined me to finally do comedy,” he said.
Starting out, Roni originally wanted to be a film-maker and studied directing and scriptwriting, but dropped out, which then speedily led to becoming a familiar face in the stand-up comedy circuit in the 1990s.
“I used to watch a lot of sitcoms and wanted to be part of the behind the scenes aspect of them, but it was difficult to get into film coming from a previously disadvantaged background, so I found out about comedy and jumped in.”
The great Roni Modimola said, “Film is a dream that still needs to be realised.”