“I’m not taking this for granted. When Trevor’s manager called me, I kept on saying thank you… I didn’t even hear anything he said after he told me Trevor wants me to open for him. I kept on saying thank you until he said ‘stop thanking me, thank your brilliance’,” said Khanyisa Bunu.
The teacher turned comedienne and actress is the only local female forming part of the opening quartet for Trevor Noah’s There’s a Gupta On My Stoep Mzansi tour starting tonight at the TicketPro Dome, Johannesburg. The show will run for three days, with the last leg of the tour taking place in Durban on Sunday August 13.
“I’m honoured to be the only female and there’s other two local comedians, Robby Collins, and a guy from Cape Town called Schalk and a surprise act from the US.”
Bunu said she was “hand-picked” for the show and she is determined to give it her utmost best.
“Trevor hand-picked me. He saw me perform and he loved what he saw in my performances thus far so I will just spice things up a little yet still be myself.”
The Eastern Cape born performer said although she’s nervous about tonight, she is more than prepared.
“The thing about such shows is that you bring your tested material, what you know works. I’m going to give it my best because it’s going to be a performance of my life.
“I kept writing and rewriting. I was like, ‘no, this won’t be good enough for Trevor’, but I’m ready, I am well prepared now.”
Bunu was at the Woman’s Comedy Special at Antiqua Lounge in Cosmo City on Tuesday, hosted by Mzansi funnyman Siphelele ‘Pele Pele’ Mchunu, in celebration of women’s day.
Asked what message she would you like to share with women around the country, especially with the spectre of gender violence hanging over our country, Bunu was very forthright.
“I would sound a bit cold and insensitive, but there is no partner who could kill you without first showing you signs that one day he could kill you. I always say to ladies: when you see those signs, walk away. Better yet, run for your life. And there are no second chances. Once you see that your partner is somewhat obsessed or controlling, run. Don’t wait until something happens.”