International Journal of Advanced Mass Communication and Journalism
2022, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Part A
Peripheral actors in Zimbabwe: The case of Magamba TV, Bus stop TV, Mai Titi and Madam boss
Author(s): Mungwari Teddy and Shupikai Kembo
Abstract: Drama and theatre have their origins in cultural settings of the past and changes of the present. Theatre has been part of the ritual and social life of people embracing the totality of their way of life, habits, attitudes and propensities. Though viewed as a form of entertainment, theatrical activities and performance are regarded as informal ways by which the quality of lives of people are enriched. Comedy skits can be attributed to the advent of social media platforms. Many new voices have created their own spaces on social media and building business around it. Effective satire can shake power and can speak truth to power, and in some countries, humour is one of the remaining avenues through which those things are possible. Satire and humour offer the last resort in many ways, and can become incredibly high stakes when the work ends up offending those in power. Comedy is an outlet to vent out frustrations and concerns against social, economic and political ills. The primary function of comedy is to induce laughter by amusing and entertaining the audience whilst portraying targeted institutions and persons as corrupt; ridiculing them through satirising, parodying and poking fun at their vices such as moral bankruptcy, human rights abuses, ill-treatment of house maids, dishonesty and cheating in relationships among others. In the Zimbabwean context, ordinary people or subalterns have resorted to comedy to raise awareness on the Socio-economic and political challenges that they face. This study explores the use of comedy and satire for both entertaining and ridiculing vices in society. The article analyses online video skits by Magamba TV, Bus Stop TV, Mai Titi and Madam Boss. This article will focus on purposively selected videos and skits.
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Mungwari Teddy and Shupikai Kembo. Peripheral actors in Zimbabwe: The case of Magamba TV, Bus stop TV, Mai Titi and Madam boss. International Journal of Advanced Mass Communication and Journalism. 2022; 3(1): 20-30.