- Honours in Finance graduate with Wits University
- Has performed at all the best comedy shows on the local comedy calendar – Bafunny Bafunny, Nandos Comedy Festival, Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Blacks Only and many more
- Television debut was groundbreaking sketch comedy show – the Pure Monate Show
- Other television credits include Going Nowhere Slowly, Jozi Moving the City, Big Brother Weekly Show amongst others
- Was the lead actor in award winning South African film Bunny Chow & is key cast in upcoming buddy cop movie Blitz Patrollie
- Currently making waves as the Foreign Correspondent in etv’s satirical news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola
- Won the Standard Bank Ovation Award with his debut one man show – Dave Wasn’t Built In A Day for best comedy show at the Grahamstown, National Arts Festival in 2012
His family fled the tyrannical rule of dictator Idi Amin in his native Uganda and settled in Krugersdorp of all places! Since then David Kibuuka has gone one to become one of the most prolific comedians this country has ever seen featuring regularly on television, the big screen and all of the country’s largest comedy stages. His unique background coupled with an intelligence evidenced by his honours in finance degree makes him a very unique & distinct voice on the local comedy scene.
“Mr Kibuuka – the only, foreign African comedian in the country – often likes to play on his outsider status to hold a mirror up to his adoptive nation and make jokes about things that other comics might ignore or avoid.”
Andrew Harding, BBC Africa Correspondent
David Kibuuka – both smart & funny!
David has a unique brand of humour that combines wit and intellect without losing touch with his audiences. He broke into the comedy world when he won 5FM’s Freshest Five nationwide comedy talent search competition and he hasn’t looked back since. As he nears a decade of performing comedy in South Africa – his impressive career can boast of performances at all the top comedy shows in the country including the likes of Bafunny Bafunny, Nandos Comedy Festival, Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Blacks Only, Laugh Out Loud and so on. David also got to perform alongside one of Australia’s best comedians, Carl Barron on his national tour of South Africa. He also got to host one of the continent’s largest comedy shows – Stand Up Africa in 2013.
2011 saw David perform his first one man show – David Wasn’t Built In A Day. It immediately roused the attention and comedy enthusiasts because of how unique the content & direction of the show was. It was very different to anything else yet seen in the country so much so that he was awarded with the prestigious Standard Bank Ovation Award for the best comedy show at the largest arts festival in Africa – the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. David will be touring this show in 2013 with a dvd scheduled for release later this year.
David’s versatility as a performer can be further evidenced by an incredible list of television and movie work that he has against his name. David’s on screen debut came when he was chosen to be one of the lead actors on both seasons of the SABC 1 cult comedy sketch show ‒ the Pure Monate Show in 2004. He stood out on the show and was one of the better performers in esteemed company that included the likes of Riaad Moosa, David Kau, Kagiso Lediga, Joey Rasdien, Chris Forrest, Loyiso Gola, and Tshepo Mogale. Even though he was still at university, being on the show elevated David Kibuuka to becoming a household name nationwide.
His undoubted acting skills and ability to create hilarious characters saw him getting stints on more tv shows such as Font & Sons, Laugh Out Loud amongst others. His intelligent humour and ability to improvise also made him favourite for reality based tv which would see him appear on television programmes such as SABC 3’S Going Nowhere Slowly, BBC’s Come Dine With Me, Big Brother Weekly Round Up Show and as a crazy band manager in the reality series SABC 1’s “Jozi Moving the City” featuring award winning band, Jozi. However it is more recently as the outrageous foreign correspondent on etv’s satirical news programme – “Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola” that Dave is now once again capturing the headlines with his quirky & eccentric but intelligently hilarious take on the world around us.
Commercials were to come beckoning – 2011 saw mobile network Cell C build an entire online campaign around him and his whacky views on the 2011 Rugby World Cup – “The Inside Scoop with Dave”. In 2012, he teamed up with Kagiso Lediga to make a comedy sketch trailer for the internationally renowned South African band Die Antwoord’s track Fatty Boom Boom. The trailer became a viral online sensation worldwide.
The movies were soon to follow David’s small screen successes. He was cast as the lead in MTV Film’s Bunny Chow the movie which went on to win accolades world wide. In 2012 he was cast as part of a glittering line up of some of South Africa’s top comedy stars on the local buddy cop movie Blitz Patrollie that was released earlier this year. Starring alongside David Kau, Joey Rasdien, Chris Forrest, Kagiso Lediga, Mel Miller, Tats Nkonzo, Tol A$$ Mo amongst others – this movie which went on to make serious waves at the local box office definitely served to raise the stocks of one David Kibuuka.
His talents go beyond just stand up and acting. A cerebral assassin, he is also regarded as one of the finest comedy writers in South Africa. He is also able to add intelligence to humour to creatively manifest ideas and concepts. Evidence of this is Dave being employed to sit on a creative team that put together the creative direction for the Loerie Awards in 2005. He was also employed to write scripts for MNet’s comedy show ‒ Laugh Out Loud besides having also written scripts for the Pure Monate Show. He took his writing ability to another level by co-writing the script to the movie, “Bunny Chow”. He has also written all of his inserts as the Foreign Correspondent on every single episode of Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola in all of the shows 8 seasons.
In 2013 the prodigious talent that is David Kibuuka is definitely launching a full scale assault on entrenching himself as a superstar, not only in South African comedy but in the entertainment industry as a whole.