- Sir-Jovial says that not everything in life as a comedian is a laughing matter
- The comedian hasn't had the easiest road to success but still managed to build his mom a home
- Briefly.co.za spoke to Legadimana Maisela about the journey and building his mom a home
By Manare Matabola: Freelance journalist
Comedians are part of the reason we get through most of our days, so much so that we envision everything about their lives to be a joke.
But there is more to these people than meet the eye. A young comedian and YouTube influencer recently took to Facebook to share a picture of a house that he’s building for his mother.
Sharing the picture with his fans, Sir-Jovial, real name Legadimana Maisela, urged the fans to download his EP MonateWaPizza to enable him to finish building the house.
Like most South Africans, Sir-Jovial was raised in a more poverty-ridden family by a single mother who sold at the taxi rank to make ends meets.
In an exclusive interview with Briefly.co.za, the comedian had this to say:
“I have come to realise that we succeed because of the smiles that we etch on our mothers’ faces."
“Getting my mother out of an RDP house and building her a new one was an appreciation for the sacrifices that she made for us, such as selling fruits and peanuts every morning at the taxi rank so that we could look like other kids.”
Sir-Jovial’s comedy journey hasn’t always been a rollercoaster, as he always came under scrutiny. Back in 2018 when he had his first interview on SABC 1 with #TBT, he didn’t finish sharing his joke, as it contained vulgar words and, as such, naysayers gave him stick on social media.
He did not budge, however. Tables quickly turned and naysayers have been left to eat a humble pie.
“I have always known that I am funny, and that is the reason as to why I continued with comedy despite the criticism levelled at me. I only focus on positive energy,” added Sir-Jovial.
A mathematics teacher by profession, Sir-Jovial decided against using his degree one-year into the field much to the dismay of his loved ones, as he fully wanted to channel his zeal into comedy.
And not only has he won the 2018 Best Sepedi Comedian award since then but he is also a host of the much-loved Uyajola 9/10 varsity edition, which moves across different campuses in the country, as well as working on some projects with Botswana international Motsetserepa William Last KRM.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Sir-Jovial Maisela Legadimana took to Facebook and shared his story in the #ImStaying group about how he kept a promise.
As soon as he could afford to he did something for his mom; before buying himself a car or anything else, he wanted to get his mom out of her RDP house and into a beautiful home.
"The first thing I did before even buying myself a car or a house was to get my mother out of an RDP house into a beautiful house, as comedians some people think we don't take life serious. Thus #imStaying strongly."
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