Laughing Matters

Would You Elect a President With 783 Criminal Charges?

Jacob Zuma has an unusual profile for a president, to say the least. A former anti-Apartheid activist who spent time in prison with Nelson Mandela, Zuma never received his “matric,” (the equivalent of a high school diploma), giggles during his speeches, and has 783 criminal charges to his name. Comic Loyiso Gola remembers learning that London subway performers had to audition for their busking privileges, and wonders how such an audition would go for Zuma.

Take a Stand

Stand Up Planet showcases life in some of the toughest places on Earth – in parts of India and South Africa – through the lens and experiences of stand-up comics. Is comedy the great connector? Stand Up Planet calls on all of us to stand up – to watch, learn and take action to end global poverty.


…to tell Congress you support U.S. foreign aid to end global poverty. Did you know that the United States spends less than 1 percent of its annual budget to end global poverty? By signing this pledge, you’re inviting us to stay touch and let you know the important moments to tell Congress what you think. (Oxfam America)



…to the organizations you’ve just seen in Stand Up Planet who are working on the ground every day in India and South Africa to change lives, one by one.



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