The timeline is gripped in a heavy debate about local comedian Mashabela, who many believe is not only criminally underrated – but is even funnier than Trevor Noah.
Sepedi speaking comedian Mashabela Galane might not have expected to see his name trending on the first Saturday of the new decade, but he quickly became the heart of a heated discussion after he was unwittingly compared to Trevor Noah.
It all began when citizen journalist and Twitter activist, DJNewSouthAfrica tweeted:
“Mashabela is SA’s greatest comedian. He’s naturally gifted. His strict use of vernac limited his career moves. He’s funnier than even Trevor Noah. Trevor isn’t really funny, he’s smart & has a good sense of humor that’s HEAVILY dependent on accents, multilingual phrases & sarcasm”
The praise of Mashabela was certainly valid; the funnyman can get a room full of people to vibrate with laughter. However, it was the comparison with Trevor Noah which raised a number of eyebrows across the country and people wasted no time in retaliating to the “DJ”:
Please go compare Mashabela with Tall ass Mo or Loyiso Gola because Trevor Noah is not in his league. pic.twitter.com/xa4cvF0ttA
— Gabrielle K.? (@Slaykeesha) January 4, 2020
Couldn’t u have jst appreciated Mashabela or even promote him by posting his work here and leave Trevor out of it??♂️
— Spha Mathonsi (@Sphazizi) January 4, 2020
Every once in a while we have to deal with y’all comparing your favourites to Trevor Noah(?which says it all) anyway if u prefer mashabela that’s cool no need to compare them pic.twitter.com/RHNHw7iAaK
— Koketso3x (@Koketso3x1) January 4, 2020
To be entirely fair, there were also a number of big Mashabela fans on the timeline who agreed with her point:
I think if you’re Nguni, you can’t fully appreciate how talented Mashabela is; there are nuances. https://t.co/CxteN3qcJz
— Petyr? (@Tlharantlhope_) January 4, 2020
Trevor is funny and his jokes are based on current affairs and Mashabela well Mashabela s jokes puts me here… ? pic.twitter.com/nW4zQzRKpx
— E♏♏?️?? (@Emma_Tsebe) January 4, 2020
This isn’t the first time that Trevor Noah has been compared unfavourably to a local comedian.
Last year, a similar debate trended when fans suggested that Skhumba was funnier than the host of The Daily Show. Clearly sensing that these debates were taking us nowhere, one fan decided to settle the matter once and for all by sharing a poll and asking fans to vote on who they thought was Mzansi’s funniest comic. Let’s just say, the numbers spoke for themselves:
Someone is disrespecting Trevor calling Mashabela the Greatest SA comedian, I respect opinions but no Even Skhumba is way better than Mashabela.
Let’s settle this who’s the greatest SA comedian?
— Fanny-ZN (@fanny_miz) January 4, 2020
Everybody has their opinions, who do you think is the funniest comedian in South Africa?
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