By Colleta Dewa
Johannesburg - Award-winning actor and comedian Chris Tucker has confirmed that he will be performing in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in November.
Tucker, who acted as Detective James Carter in the movie ‘Rush Hour’ has been to South Africa several times.
He was quoted saying South Africa is his second home.
“I can’t wait to get there. I have so much love for South Africa. It will be my first time performing there and I'm looking forward to it,” said Tucker.
The entertainment star said he excitingly recalls visiting the country on promotional movie tours, Thabo Mbeki's inauguration and the opening on Oprah Winfrey's school.
“South Africa will always remain one of my favourite places,” he said.
Tucker kept a low profile between gigs, before making his comeback to comedy in 2011.
The 46-year-old comedian said his re-entry into the comedy scene was driven by his desire to tell the world about his life.
“I still had so much to talk about. A lot of things happened in my life before I was known, and before the movies. Stories about my childhood.
“All those stories I still have to tell, and how my life is now. People who I’ve met in my life, Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton. So many others,” he added.
He said he is scheduled to perform in the UK and Colorado before landing on SA shores, adding that he never travels without his toothbrush, toothpaste and Bible.
The funny man said when spending time away from home for long periods, he misses his mother, family and, of course, the food from his hometown, Atlanta, Georgia.
“Home is always where the heart is. I miss the yams, cornbread, and collard greens. But I'm on a diet now, so I don't eat what I used to,” he said breaking into laughter.
Tucker said though he thinks he is the funniest person he knows, he admires Dave Chapelle and South Africa’s very own, Trevor Noah.