Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is revered for his morality, humanity and integrity – and for a mischievous sense of humour and timing to make any stand-up comedian proud.
The good news is that Tutu will be making a special appearance at the Vodacom Funny Festival, at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town on 21 June, to raise funds for the newly established Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
The Archbishop says he will be appearing in a non-comedic capacity, but if his performance last year is anything to go by he will have the audience literally laughing their heads off.
In preparation for the event, the Archbishop – and his daughter, the Reverend Mopho Tutu, who heads the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation – met briefly with professional comedian Mark Lottering on June 6.
“They’ve kicked me out of the church so I’ve got to find something else to do… the things they (comedians) do, I always think, why didn’t I think of that,” the Archbishop said.