Daliso Chaponda

Humor and Storytelling

“Creativity is like being in a sandbox. You have to be willing to throw the sand around!”

Comedian Daliso Chaponda shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, making it to the finals of the 2017 series and establishing himself as a firm favorite with the judges and the British public. Since then, he has regularly appeared on TV and radio.

Appearances include The Royal Variety Performance, Good Evening Britain, and Britain’s Got Talent Champions 2019 (ITV), The Complaints Department and Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains (Comedy Central), Unforgivable (Dave), The News Quiz, Just A Minute and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4). Chaponda is also a regular guest on QI and The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC2).

Daliso is also the writer, creator, and host of his Rose d’Or nominated BBC Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere, now in its third season. He has performed around the world and at the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Singapore, and Cape Town comedy festivals. He has also toured the UK twice to sold-out venues and rave reviews. He is currently touring with his latest show Apocalypse Not Now. In addition to his stand-up comedy, Chaponda is also prolific fiction writer. He has published science fiction, murder mysteries, and fantasy fiction in numerous magazines and anthologies. He is currently working on a new novel and a children’s book.

Describing what he seeks in applicants for his mentorship, Chaponda says: “I love all stories. Fiction, spoken word with a narrative thrust, all of it. I feel I would be most useful to people who want to develop their storytelling skills, but of course also to those who want to work with humor. I’m looking for people with big ideas, who know what they want to accomplish and are willing to try unconventional ways to get there,” he adds. “As a mentor, I can help catalyze ideas as well as offer support as a dramaturge and constructive critic.”


TV appearance, QI on BBC2, © Fremantlemedia and QI Ltd

He adds: “My specialties are humor and storytelling, but I am happy to work with anyone on any story-based project. I am open to supporting an artist with an opera, a graphic novel, a children’s book, a stand-up show … any story, in any format, as long as you are passionate about it!”


Watch the video statement to find out more about what Chaponda is looking for in applications: