Pastor Mjosti.10/02/2012.Picture Zanele Zulu

When he gets up on stage, you could, judging by his clerical outfit, expect to hear the words “Let us pray”, but don’t be duped, because he is not an anointed pastor.

Pastor Mjosty, as he is known, has a way of keeping everyone rolling on the floor with laughter.

As with most comedians, there is never a dull moment when he is around.

We recently met Mjosty, whose real name is Mjostana Mbele, and he opted to wear black pants and a blue shirt with a matching pullover, but where was the clerical collar?

“Ha! I only wear it on special occasions. If you can allow me to take you out, then i will wear it,” he said jokingly.

He would throw some jests my way during our interview without even realising it, proving that he is a natural joker.

“I don’t even prepare for my shows. When I get on stage, I take a few seconds to study the audience and then I do my thing,” he said.

Born in Port Shepstone, Mjosty started out as a kwaito artist, but after realising that his music career was not taking off, he crossed the floor to the funny side of life.

He released his first comedy album in 1997, titled Phuzutshwala ungenamali isagha and that was the beginning of his career in that field.

Today the comedy industry is becoming more competitive with an increasing number of people venturing into it.

But that doesn’t worry Mjosty, who still believes it is about the survival of the fittest.

“More competition means we need to pull up our socks and strive to triumph. That’s how it should be,” he said.

The comedian has already released five comedy albums and is cooking up the sixth one.

“Creativity is the only way to survive in this game. I make sure I am always on top of my game, keeping everyone entertained.

“It is a given talent,” the funnyman boasted.

Besides being a joker, Mjosty also directs music videos, such as that for Professor’s song Lento, and he also helped with the script-writing of the SABC1 drama series Tshisa.

“Comedy was just a stepping stone for me and now I am involving myself in other business interests.

“However, I still use every opportunity i get to grow as a comedian,” he said.

Mjosty will be performing at the Gagasi FM Sound of the City Comedy Show at Imbizo Hall at Empangeni on March 2 alongside the popular comedian Felix Hlophe, Justice Kubheka, Mondli Mzizi, Dlungelwa and Simphiwe Shembe.

The musical performance will be served up by Bullistic.

Show is at 6pm. R100 (at Computicket) ensures you entry.