Sat 21 Nov 2015, 09:00
My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians to bring loads of laughter on Comedy Central.
My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians, the brainchild of co-creators Nick Wilson and Steven Pillemer with writing contributions from Nina Hastie and Trevor Gumbi, takes its first steps toward adulthood at the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival brought to you by Savanna on Saturday 5 December 2015 at 23:30 CAT at The Comedy Cube, Silverstar Casino.
Tickets for My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians at The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival are on sale at Computicket priced from R120.
Offensive, satirical and animated, the self-financed pilot of the show - described as South Park spliced with Animal Farm - will be premiered live at the festival as part of a mixed media event featuring stand-up comedy from comedians featured in the voice cast, including Richelieu Beaunoir, Nina Hastie, Griffy 2Trillion, Mpho Popps and host Trevor Gumbi.
My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians is the first ever half-hour of adult, animated comedy to have been produced for an Africa audience. Prepare to be offended as this gaggle of comedians, coupled with the live premiere of My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians, stages a no-holds-barred, no-holy-cows, irreverent show with no precedence in Africa.
In the words of Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “At Comedy Central, we are committed to finding and empowering local talent and we are delighted to provide this platform for My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians to gain a wider audience for its unique satirical voice.”
My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians, which was originally birthed on social media in 2010, achieving 300 000 views over a three-month period, has jumped various hoops en route to this historic event. According to co-creator and producer Nick Wilson: “The premiere of the pilot of My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians represents six hard years of work.”
“One of the biggest resistances we’ve had over the years in terms of financing the development and production of this pilot is that animation and comedy is niche, while animated comedy is even more niche. However, there are highly successful satirical shows both on the continent and abroad that prove there is an audience for the type of show we’ve developed. The Comedy Central International Comedy Festival and Comedy Central have given us the first tangible opportunity to prove that an audience for our content in Africa exists”.
My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians tells the story of Professor Afronaut, Africa’s top technocrat, as he pilots the maiden voyage of Africa’s first space tourism programme, together with Africa’s top leaders and celebrities. While in flight, a cunning chimpanzee is released from his cage in stowage and in the ensuing bedlam the ape bites the spacecraft’s nuclear stabiliser.
There is an almighty atomic explosion and all these leaders and celebrities are cross-mutated with adolescent animals. These animal-human hybrids return to Earth and are subsequently exiled to the land of Azania. It is here that Professor Afronaut establishes the Nelson Mandela School for Gifted Mutants, with melodrama and comedy playing out among the characters with very different backgrounds and divergent personalities.
My Child: Teenage Mutant Azanians will premiere on Comedy Central (122) on Friday 11 December at 23:55 CAT.