Back in 2015, Devon Saunders aka Dev DonDidIt, shot to instant fame after sharing his comedy antics online and life has never been the same for the 34-year-old Cape Town-based father of two.
Now a social media ground-breaker, well-known for featuring on Justin Vega’s hit Don’t Koppel Feelings, fans can’t get enough of his gags and portrayal of different characters such as his new comedy series, Keeping Up With The Kaapdashians – all based on day-to-day real-life situations that many on the Cape Flats can relate to.
For years, he has been doing comedy without being paid, until recently investors have come on board.
Besides comedy, there is more to Dev DonDidIt, who also happens to be an actor, producer, rapper and film-maker. Quite a softie, he loves giving back to those less fortunate. Last year, he embarked on a three-day stay on a Plumstead rooftop to raise awareness on people who do not have shelter.
I sat down with Devon and this is what he had to say when faced with burning questions
How would your friends describe you in three words?
The three words would be Fun. Loving. Versin (if that’s a word)
Where do you draw inspiration for comedy material from?
I draw my inspiration from day to day happenings in the news, social media, or at family gatherings. Our family hardly gossips so that avenue is hard. I love watching people in public and I kind of feed off what I see.
For years you worked without being paid, what inspired you to keep going?
This question is quite personal for me, and the answer is simple, it’s passion. No money can drive you like your passion can. It’s all about that. It’s not about the fame or fortune – if it is, then your career could be short-lived.
You often push boundaries when it comes to your comedy material. How do you deal with criticism?
I deal well with criticism, as a creative, you need to learn and understand that not everyone will like or appreciate your work. Once, you accept and respect someone else’s opinion, not even the social media trolls can put you in a bad mood.
If you could share a stage with any local comedian, who would it be?
This question is a tough one, there’s so many talented comedians – people like my all-time favorite, Jacob Zuma. He’s a natural. Ok, maybe Schalk Bezuindenhout, I like his character – unique, fresh and can you imagine a white and colored guy on stage then we can finally debate on what are real koeksisters. I also enjoy Carl Weber.
General Q and A
Are you more of a summer person or do you prefer winter?
I looooove ummer. It’s inspiring, lol, but I love clothes so winter is the time I look forward to most. I can dressing up. For a guy, it’s hard to dress up in summer, plukkies, shorts and vest. Winter, I have options.
The first thing you do when you wake up?
I put on all my clothes that some mysterious person keeps pulling off during the night, then I go brush my teeth with coffee, I GOT TO HAVE COFFEE!
If you could rewind back to your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give yourself?
The advice I would give is it that algebra ain’t that important in the adult world. Jokes aside, I’d tell myself to believe a lot more in me and my the things I can do.
What are your future plans?
I’m currently searching for an agency, I’d like to start doing TV commercials & film. For my brand, I have a few concepts in the pipelines, some music as well and also, I’m quite excited about my annual charity initiative for the homeless people in Cape Town.