COMEDIAN Tyra “Madam Boss” Chikocho failed to turn up for the Laugh Out Harare Stand-Up Comedy Club show at Jazz 24/7 on Tuesday night, saying she had been involved in a freak accident a few hours before the show.
Madam Boss said she was hit by a car around 5pm along Park Street in the capital and was taken to a private hospital, where she was attended to before going home.
The comedian had been scheduled to share the stage with fellow comedians Samantha “Gonyeti” Kureya, King Kandoro, Sharon “Maggie” Chideu, Tinaye and Kadem at a show hosted by Doc Vikela.
Madam Boss and the show organiser, fellow comedian Doc Vikela, however, gave conflicting statements about the former’s absence from the stage on the night.
After claiming that she had been involved in an accident, Madam Boss also said she thought Doc Vickela was joking when he made the proposal that she partakes in the comedy show.
“We spoke about it last week and I thought it was a joke,” she said.
Doc Vikela, however, said the communication he received was that Madam Boss had been involved in an accident and could, therefore, not make it.
“Tyra is a good comedian who is growing and she failed to show up as she was in involved in an accident. I believed her. Whether she lied or not, it is not my place, but for people to make a meal out of this, (it) defeats the purpose of what we are trying to build,” he said.
“When I reached out to Tyra, she told me that she also wanted stage time and I told her that’s why we have the Tuesday nights.”
A source who spoke to NewsDay said although Madam Boss had earlier turned down the request to be part of the show, the organisers proceeded to include her on the posters used to market the show.
“When Madam Boss was told about the show, she told Doc Vickela that she was not ripe for stand-up comedy, but surprisingly, she was put on the posters without reaching an agreement with the host,” the source said.
The upcoming comedians who took to the stage, however, failed to deliver rib-cracking jokes, offering dry jests — including jibes at raunchy dancer Beverly Sibanda and Andy Muridzo’s alleged illicit affair — that failed to excite the audience.
However, the pair of Gonyeti and Maggie did their best to salvage the situation, as they managed to draw laughter from the expectant audience.