Thanks to "Britain’s Got Talent," comedian Daliso Chapondas name is everywhere and early next year so will the man himself.

The Manchester-based Malawian quipster, who came third in last year’s series of BGT, will be storming the UK this coming February with his debut tour ‘What an African Said…’, which has already been extended to 51 dates after the first set of gigs sold out in days.

“I am very excited, I wish it started tomorrow,” laughs Daliso over the phone. “No comedian had done well in "Britain’s Got Talent" before so we were very cautious when we first started booking tour dates.”

News, fake news and alternative news

Sure, Daliso owes a debt to Simon Cowell, but the man he’s really grateful to is Donald Trump.

“With Trump creating this entire fake news phenomenon, and also, myself being in the press, reading tabloid stories about me from the time I was in "Britain’s Got Talent," I started thinking a lot about the media,” he says. “So I’m going to look at the press from all angles, see how important it is and how newspapers are dying.

“We need reporters now more than ever because we have these bonkers, unreliable people in power… But there will be jokes too! That all sound very serious, we have jokes too.”

And don’t expect his stage show to be watered down by the demands of prime-time television.

“A lot of people say that I am a non-politically correct comedian. I don’t think I am non-pc but I started thinking about what’s politically correct and what’s not,” he says.

“I’m going to look at what is shocking about me and play around with that. I’m going to use things that make people go ‘Hang on, what did he just say?’ in shock.”

Malawi and Great Britain

This desire for make people jaw-drop caused him a few problems back in Malawi. Especially as he’s the son of a former justice minister there.

“I do shows in Malawi, every year. But I don’t do every joke. So when I perform there I can use 70 percent of my material while in the U.K. I can do 100 percent. A few years ago I did a show in Malawi and I got in trouble with the censorship board and so I’m much more careful now.

“I mean, I didn’t get arrested, it was just a threat and I got away with it but it definitely made me realise that it is not like in England and I have to be careful.

In England, the most that could happen would be complaints. In Malawi, you can get into serious trouble.”

Censorship, as Daliso experienced, is not the only difference for a comedian between Malawi and the UK.

“Malawi is a much poorer country. When it comes to putting on a show, there are little things you have to consider. When I do my show, we always have to set it on payday or people would not be able to afford to come” he says. “Here in England, you can have a show anytime because people have got extra cash. And in lots of little ways, doing a show in a country which isn’t used to it is a big thing. Malawi is a very Christian country, in a very conservative version of it. So even if I talk about sex, even if it’s just innuendo, it is scandalous.

But because I am of both cultures, I know how to change when I’m there.”

'Citizens of the world' - Chaponda's new BBC Radio 4 show

After Britain’s Got Talent, Daliso Chaponda landed his own stand-up comedy show on BBC Radio 4, which begins next year. The show will see him as a ‘cultural relationship guidance counsellor’ between the British and African ways of life.

“I’ll be counselling the current England and the current Africa on their marriage and trying to solve their problems. I’ve already written episode one which is about slavery and episode two about colonialism. I’m writing number three at the moment.”

Doing comedy on radio it’s completely different from the usual stand-up comedy on stage

“Because people can’t see you on radio, in some ways you can do a lot of things.

For example on radio, I did impressions of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. And, because it was radio, you didn’t see the person doing the impressions. You just hear a voice and it sounds like them. You’re limited only by the listeners’ imagination.

“But I prefer live stand-up comedy,” he admits. “Most of my humour is through physical motion and physical expressions.”

So how could some one absolutely nail Britain’s Got Talent and walk off with a 51-gig tour?

“All I would say is to write all the time. That’s my number one advice. Writing is a muscle that needs to be developed. People who write jokes every day, who have a little notebook with them wherever they go, they are the one who will be successful.”

Daliso Chaponda’s live tour, ‘What An African Said…’ starts on February 8, 2018, in Nottingham.