Some people may think he is vulgar or explicit when he is on stage, but comedian Fernando Filipe, popularly as Fernando Ta-fish, is unapologetic when it comes to his comedy.
He has become one of the most recognizable faces of comedy to have made his big break on the Free Your Mind stage, although he has other awe-inspiring talents that most people only dream of having. While some people are excited to see how Job Amupanda will handle being the subject of a roast, others are more eager to hear what the uncensored, young comedian will have to say about him.
How long have you been a comedian and how did you get into it?
I have been doing comedy for 6 years now, I started in 2009. I was invited by who I consider one of Namibia’s biggest comedians Slick the Dick, to try telling some jokes on the Free Your Mind stage and people loved it. I was rewarded by being dubbed the comedian of the night and from then onwards I never stopped doing comedy.
What does comedy mean to you?
For me it’s simple really. To me, comedy means satisfaction and joy.
Why do you think comedy as an art form is important?
I believe that comedy as art is important to society firstly because it keeps a lot of talented young people off the streets and provides them with an income. It is also healthy for individuals to laugh once in a while because we all know that laughter is the best medicine.
What is your opinion of the local comedy industry? Are there a lot of opportunities for comedians?
I believe that comedy industry in Namibia is definitely growing thanks to shows like Free Your Mind which provide comedians with the platform to showcase their talent. The comedy market is now recognised by society, and there are lots of opportunities for comedians to grow.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
The most noteworthy project I’m working on at the moment is the one where I have been selected as one of the comedians who will roast one of Namibia’s young political activists Job Amupanda on 1 October.
If you could choose live out a scene from a play or movie, which would it be? Why?
It’s not a specific scene per say, it is not a scene really but I would love to play the role of a successful comedian simply because I want to be successful at it. Name three songs from the 90s that you cannot live without. Actually there is only one from the 90s that I cannot live without. It’s 2Pac Shakur’s “Change”. I love it because I feel that there is so much truth to his lyrics, which I appreciate.
Have you ever considered being a Kapana vendor?
No, I can’t truthfully say I have ever considered becoming a kapana vendor, but if I don’t have any other choice employment wise, I would be willing to do it because it’s better than being a thief.
If you could, which human trait/characteristic would you get rid of?
I can’t say about humanity, but if I had to get rid of something on myself it would have to be my innocent looking face, of course because I am not innocent at all.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know?
People don’t know about my other talents because they just know about the comedy, but I’m also a professional fire juggler and a stilts walker.
If you had to be an ice cream flavour, which would it be and why?
I don’t really like ice cream so I don’t even know much about its flavours. I only know the chocolate flavour, but I hate chocolate.
Which cereal box best describes you?
Like I said, I hate sweet stuff so the cereal box that describes me best would have to be one that contains some form of healthy cereal. I love keeping my body in good shape.
How would you spend your last day on earth?
I would spend my last day on earth talking to the people I love most, and of course I would have one last orgasm.
What’s the most funny or embarrassing thing that happened to you?
I was sent off stage once for being too explicit during a show in front of a minister, it was embarrassing.
Do you think donkeys are suicidal?
Honestly, I don’t know much about donkeys but I don’t think they are suicidal, I just think that they are slow and boring which makes them seem suicidal.