South Africa has been in level 1 for almost 2 months and a couple of weeks. Remember, one of the reasons for such a move was to keep the economy going because a lot of people are losing their jobs in droves. Given such move by President Cyril Ramaphosa its hard for some industries to make progress that includes Comedy or entertainment sector due to crowed limitation and restrictions.
It’s fair to say in this business is all about the numbers you can pull off to your physical or digital event. Is not all doom and gloom as some people within the comedy space are making things happen despite the restrictions because their livelihood depends on it.
South African Comedy Industry growth that we saw in late 2019 and the beginning of 2020 has taken a quick turn due to the pandemic. The Covid19 had cut income streams of most comedians and people who work in this sector into zero as the majority of people can’t find work. It is a sad state of affairs as there are blood and tears all over the floor.
The situation is getting worse and has created a lot of anxiety amongst comedians and the entire comedy industry at large. The comedy space desperately in need of cash injection of some sort to stimulate this sector and get it going. We don’t know who’s going to be the messiah and save the comedy industry or we should hope and pray more and more.