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South African funny man Chris Forrest stars in Judy Naidoo’s latest film Kings of Mulberry Street, which will be in cinemas from 28 June 2019. The film tells the story of two nine-year-old boys. Feisty Ticky (Aaqil Hoosen) and his sidekick the more timid Baboo (Shaan Nathoo). Who set out to rid their community of local bully and crime boss, Raja.

Ticky (Aaqil Hoosen) and his sidekick the more timid Baboo (Shaan Nathoo) Kings of mulberry street

The film is set in the 80s, in the fictional town of Sugarhill District in KwaZulu Natal. Forrest plays the role of Mr White, the typical born and bred Durban beach bum. A colourful local and a hustler of note, he knows all the players in the crime underworld. Unfortunately for Mr White, he’s always the pawn and never the boss, but he’s a likable ‘ou’.

“Mr White acts as the go-between for the unscrupulous Raja and a major drug syndicate,” says Naidoo.

“He plays a big part in Raja’s scheme, and his ability to tolerate abuse from him is both painful and funny to observers. Chris was perfect for this role because of his unique sense of humour and he is one of the country’s most popular comedians.”

Chris started out at the “Funny Farm” at what was then called the Randburg Waterfront. He has since gone on to perform at every major comedy club, showcase or festival in the country.

Chris Forrest

He appeared in the 46664 “It’s No Joke” comedy show as one of South Africa’s top 10 comics. Chris is also a regular on the “Heavyweight Comedy Jam”, “The Blacks Only Show” and the “Kingsize Comedy Show”.

He has performed at several international festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, The Lyric Theatre in London, and major festivals in Dubai, Ghana, Botswana and Swaziland.

Furthermore, In 2013 Chris hosted the prestigious Comics Choice Awards. Chris has also hosted his own episode of “Comedy Central Presents Live at Parker’s” . He performed four successful one-man shows namely “Chris Forrest, He’s a really nice guy” which was broadcast on Comedy Central, “The Flipside”, “The Guy from TV” and most recently “Who’s Your Daddy?”.

“Chris ha such a unique quirkiness about him, that he was an obvious choice for the role. He has these really expressive, crazy eyes, you simply cannot help but laugh. He is also just such a lovely human being and has added enormous comedy value to Kings of Mulberry Street”,

– says Naidoo.

Kings of Mulberry Street” will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous film Distribution, in partnership with Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.

Catch “Kings of Mulberry Street” in cinemas from 28 June 2019.

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