Awarding-winning comedian Alisha Alfa is one of the four side-splitting headliners taking the stage on February 7 for Kenny Robinson’s Nubians on the Waterfront Comedy Show. This event is part of Kuumba, Harbourfront Centre’s annual Black History Month festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Aisha took some time to sit down for an interview to talk about the show and her comedy background.
How did you get into comedy?
It was never my plan to get into comedy. I started off in acting, but a friend offered me the chance to do a five-minute set. That experience made me realize how much I enjoyed comedy. It just snowballed from there.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’m an observational comedian, so I draw inspiration from what is going on in the news and everyday life. But I find it hard to sit down and write all my jokes, so when I’m on stage my set primarily plays off the crowd.
What do you do to get ready for a gig?
I don’t have any specific rituals. I just try to limit what I drink, so I don’t have to use the bathroom when I’m on stage. Right now I’ve been listening to Sam Smith’s “Money on my Mind” to get pumped up and to remember that I do this for the love.
What can you tell us about Kenny Robinson’s Nubians on the Waterfront Comedy Show?
I’m really excited to be one of the headliners for this show. I’m honoured to be working with Kenny, who is the godfather of urban comedy, and to share the stage with these other great comedians. I’ve worked with almost all of them and all are so funny.
Any last words?
I just want to say that Black History Month commemorates the struggle that black people had to endure in the past and I believe that comedy is the best way to recognize this struggle. It makes it accessible to everyone and I believe laughing on an important issue is good.
Come and LOL with Aisha Alfa in Kenny Robinson’s Nubians on the Waterfront Comedy Show on Saturday February 7, 2015 at 7pm and 10pm. Tickets on sale now! – $18
Co-headliners: Nick Reynoldson, Sharif and Arthur Simeon.