Comedian Long John Jonasi Wins Boston Comedy Festival
US-based Zimbabwean stand-up comic, Learnmore Long John, real name Learmore Jonasi, has made history after he won the Boston Comedy Festival at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, Saturday evening.
The annual festival is an elimination-style tournament for up-and-coming comics running throughout the week as part of the festival.
The comedian shared his victory with fans on social media. He said:
“Man!! I just won the legendary Boston Comedy Festival, “This is a big deal,” it was so much fun competing with comedians from all over America and your boy represented. #TheVillageBoy.”
In his acceptance speech after being announced as the Boston Comedy Festival winner, Jonasi, who recently moved to the US, said the win was a dream come true.
“I just want to say thank you so much Boston Comedy Festival. This is amazing. This was a dream all the way from my village. Twelve years ago I used to dream to do this now I‘m travelling the world and making people laugh,” he said to applause from the audience.
Jonasi, was raised by his grandparents in Chimanimani. He became a local and South African star before rising to fame in the US.
In 2017, he won the National Arts Merit Awards for Outstanding Comedian of the Year, the Savanna Comic Choice Awards for Pan African Comic of the Year, and the People’s Choice Award in Steve Harvey’s Stand Up Spotlight competition.
In 2020, he won the National Arts Merit Awards for Outstanding Comedian of the Year. He has been touring the US recently, and his win at the Boston Comedy Festival is expected to advance his career.