Published on March 12th, 2024 | by Adrian Gunning

MICF: From Zimbabwe to Woy Woy Tales of Colour Shares Hilarious Stories of Connection at Melbourne Comedy Festival!

Tales of Colour

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Collection Bar


29th to 30th March

3rd to 7th April

 “blending the best elements of stand up and sketch comedy” Man of Many

Zimbabwe, Morocco… Woy Woy? Tales of Colour Shares Hilarious Stories of Connection!

Tales of Colour is a live stand up and sketch comedy show that shares the stories of two unlikely best friends. ‘Naza’ Ncube and Kurt Sterling are from opposite sides of the planet and appear to have nothing in common. Tales of Colour explores their surprisingly similar journeys.

The show begins with the story of comedian Kurt Sterling, who despite his working-class upbringing in small-town Australia (a town that no one ever leaves…) found himself having worldwide adventures. From living in Saudi Arabia to getting arrested at the Iraq border, to converting to Islam and getting married in Marrakech. Kurt proved that the big fish in the little pond can jump the pond and then some.

Kurt takes you on a journey of hilarious awkwardness including explaining to Iraqi border guards why he was crossing the border in a rented Pajero (“I just wanted to have a look?”). Then there was his mum and explaining to her he was marrying someone he had only known for three weeks. Through comedy, Kurt also shares moments of emotion and seriousness. This includes the pain of divorce and discovering what it was he was looking for in the first place.

Naza shares his experience as a World Vision child from rural Zimbabwe, followed by an abrupt journey to Australia where at 11 years old he turned up to school in Sydney knowing only two English words, “yes” and “no”. Naza recounts the awkwardness of having a name the teachers couldn’t pronounce and shares the story of his unlikely rise to popularity in the schoolyard. This is his story of finding a way to fit in, whilst reflecting on the cost to one’s identity and sense of self when forced to change to adapt to the environment.

Hot on the heels of Kurt Sterling being announced as a NSW state finalist in the 2024 national Raw Comedy Competition, Tales of Colour will present an inspirational story that everyone can relate to and find themselves in.

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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