Daliso Chaponda was born in 1979. He is very proud of this achievement. He has three older brothers and he often boasts to young women that he is the shame of his family. Daliso’s earliest aspiration was to become a reverend but alas, he enjoys sinning too much. Standup Comedy is the closest he has come to his initial dream of the pulpit.
Daliso began his comedy career in Canada with the acclaimed one man show ‘Feed This Black Man’. Subsequent appearances across Canada followed (highlights include The Just For Laughs Festival 2005 & CBC Television’s ‘Crossing The Main’).
In 2004 Daliso Chaponda headlined the ‘Don’t Let Them Deport Me’ Comedy Show as a plea to officials to have his Canadian visa extended. The show was sold out, well reviewed, and frenzied letters were written to bureaucrats. He was forced to leave anyway after one final show, 2005’s “They’re Deporting Him Anyway.” Next, he worked as a comedy writer and performer in South Africa and subsequently he moved to the UK. He quickly established himself in the UK Comedy scene (highlights include appearing on Paramount Comedy’s ‘The World Stands Up’ and headlining the Edinburgh Festival Big Value Show in 2007.
In addition to Standup Comedy, Daliso has also published science fiction, murder mysteries, erotica, literary fiction, religious fiction and fantasy fiction in numerous magazines and anthologies. In 2002 he was a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writer’s of the Future Contest and in 2006 he was short listed for the Carl Brandon Society Award.