Noko Moswete is a rising star in the world of South African stand up comedy, dubbed as a woman who can make almost anyone laugh. Moswete was born in Limpopo, matriculated from Northern Academy and obtained a diploma in Language Practise from the TUT. From primary school, the storyteller nurtured a talent for making people laugh, whether she was entertaining them with tall stories or telling jokes. Her love of sitcoms and desire to "act funny" evolved into attending comedy shows, where she approached a comedian to find out how to make it happen.
Her stand up career began when she joined the Comedy Society in Pretoria, travelling to various gigs where her open spots received a great response from audiences and the media. She's performed in comedy clubs and theatres around Gauteng and Limpopo, at events like the SATMA 2014 and Tshwane's Finest Comedy Festival, sharing the stage with the likes of Kagiso Lediga, Mashabela Galane and Roni Modimola. Her steady rise to fame saw her nominated for a Savanna Comic Choice Award, as voted by other comedians.
Moswete performs mostly in Sepedi, taking inspiration from everyday experiences and current affairs, and her dream is to have her own television show and reach as many people as she can online. As her audience grows, she's also training to become a teacher, which keeps her busy when she's not embracing the serious part of comedy... the preparation and rehearsal. We caught up with the rising comedy star to find out which movies have been most memorable to her...
"I am a sucker for romance."
I can't watch movies without...
- I can’t watch movies without a glass of wine, you know "just in case the movie is boring".
Which famous people share your birthday?
- John Vlismas shares my birthday, the rest of the people I found on Google... I don’t know them, so maybe they are famous in their countries. (3 May)
What is the first film you remember watching?
- The first movie I remember watching is Sarafina!
What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
- The worst movie I have ever seen is a Nigerian film called Beyonce & Rihanna! I think it took 5 hours.
Which movies have made you tearful?
- Titanic. Up to this day I still shed a tear or two when I watch it, but for different reasons now... no one is willing to do that for me.
Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?
- I have met Idris Elba... in my dreams.
What's your favourite movie line?
- My favourite line is from the movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico, when Sands enters the restaurant and orders a meal...
"I need you to kill a man. [Food arrives, and he tastes it.] El, you really must try this. It's a puerco pibil. It's a slow roasted pork--nothing fancy, just happens to be my favorite--and I order it, with a tequila and lime, in every dive I go to in this country and honestly, that is the best it's ever been, anywhere. In fact, it's too good. It is so good that when I finish with it, I'll pay my check, walk straight into the kitchen, and shoot the cook, because that's what I do, I restore the balance to this country. And that is what I would like from you right now. Help me keep the balance by pulling the trigger."
Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?
- Vatiswa Ndara, she's best known for Home Affairs and is currently playing Nomarussia on Igazi! The woman can act. Any role, any day.
If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?
- It would have to be about the strength of a woman! Women are strong yet delicate. I believe they should be celebrated every single day!
Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...
- Think Like a Man, Act like a Lady ...thank you Steve Harvey for hooking sisters up with inside info. Boy, aren't we beating them at their own game!
- Titanic ...I am a sucker for romance, contrary to popular belief.
- Sarafina! ...I love the English accent.
- Fifty Shades of Grey ...minus the ass-whipping though!
- Yesterday ...I believe we can never have too much HIV/AIDS education. This movie came at the time when HIV was taboo, nobody wanted to talk about it, let alone disclose their story. It's a story of hope and love.
- Emmanuelle ...it's not my favourite movie anymore, but back in 2003 I would even set my alarm at 12am to catch it on E-TV.
- August Rush ...this movie just warms my heart! Finding a child that was taken away at birth.. only to discover that the child is a musical genius because the parents were musicians too. How sweet is that?
- Once Upon A Time in Mexico ...I used to have a huge crush on Antonio Banderas!
- Osuofia in London ...this is one of the first Nigerian films I saw, it's really funny! Plus the lead actor, Nkem Owoh, is one hilarious actor and comedian.
- Mr. Bean's Holiday ...we all know why!
Top Ten Movies with... is a people series on SPL!NG, featuring a host of celebrities ranging from up-and-coming to established personalities from all industries including, but not limited to: Internet, Radio, TV, Film, Music, Art and Entrepreneurs. It's a chance to discover who they are, find out where they're at and to get a fun inside look at their taste in movies.