David Kau Biography, Net Worth and House

David Kau is a 46-year-old South African standup comedian and filmmaker born on 18th April 1978. His net worth is estimated at $5 million, and he has a house in Johannesburg. 

Kau is one of the country’s most popular and funniest comics. He began his comedy career in the late 1990s and has been in the game since then. Despite having amassed a fortune through his multifaceted career, he lives a simple life. He serves as both the host and judge of the SABC1 reality talent show, So You Think You’re Funny!

Summary of David Kau’s Biography

  • Full name: David Mojelefa Kau
  • Nickname: David Kau
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: April 18, 1978
  • David Kau’s Age: 46 years old
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Nationality: South African
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christian
  • Marital Status: Married
  • David Kau’s Wife: Thalia Zarkalis
  • David Kau’s Net worth: $1 million
  • Famous for: The host and judge of the SABC 1 reality talent show, So You Think You’re Funny!
  • David Kau’s Instagram: davidkau
  • Twitter: @davidkau1
  • Facebook: David Kau

Hwow Old Is David Kau and Where Was He Born?

South African comedian David Kau is 46 years old and was born on 18th April 1978 in Kroonstad in the Free State province.

He was raised by parents in Kroonstad, where he also spent most of his life. The identity of his parents and where they are now are not public knowledge.

It’s unclear whether Kau is an only child or not because he hasn’t publicly discussed his family background and other family members.

He matriculated from Meridian College in Pretoria in 1994 after finishing his elementary and primary education. The seasoned comic studied Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town. He earned a Performers’ Diploma in Speech and Drama in 1998.

He is a Veteran Stand-Up Comedian

David Kau kick-started his comedy career as a standup comedian in 1998. He holds the distinction of being the first black South African standup humorist. He performed his first major comedy gig at the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival in 1998.

Following an exceptional performance, he was given another opportunity the following year to perform at the same festival. He toured from Cape Town to Durban, winning thousands of people to his side with his hilarious lines.

Ever since then, he has headlined numerous comedy festivals and also performed his own comedy specials. Kau’s popularity soared when he co-created the stand-up comedy show, Blacks Only, which is today one of the biggest comedy brands in South Africa.

He has been a host on the show which has been running for over a decade. He brings the country’s best comic talents on the show.

Other noteworthy shows the Koonstad-born humorist has performed in the course of his thriving career include The Rainbow Nation Tour (his first one-man show), Comedy Blackout (2002-2004), Heavyweight Comedy Jams, and the Phat Joe Show.

David is also the producer of the show Kau’s House which he extensively posts on his YouTube Channel. He is one of the country’s talented comics who has performed on the Pure Monate Show alongside prominent names such as Kagiso Lediga (his longtime partner and friend), Loyiso Gola, Tshepo Mogale, and many others.

What is David Kau’s Net Worth?

The value of Kau’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He amassed his fortune through various endeavours in the entertainment industry. Here are his income streams which are known to the public.

MCee/ Comedy Shows

Kau made a huge part of his wealth through his primary stream of income, comedy. Apart from the comedy gigs mentioned above, he makes extra income as an MC. Some of the notable events where he performed as either an MC or humorist include:

  • Discovery Platinum Awards (Master of Ceremonies)
  • Vodacom end-of-year party
  • The Sunday Times Business Times Top 100 Companies Awards dinner
  • The Umkhonto We Sizwe MK Veterans Fundraising dinner
  • Nelson Mandela / Gary Player Golf Challenge,
  • Discovery End of the Year 2003 party

David Kau’s Acting Career

The Black Only creator has made on-screen appearances in a handful of television productions. The names of projects he has played acting roles in include:

  • Blitz Patrollie
  • My Perfect Family – Season 3
  • Taxi Ride
  • The room divider
  • Shampoo’s Retirement Village

David Kau Is Also A TV Host

David Kau also owes his rise in popularity to the SABC1 reality talent show So You Think You’re Funny!. He has been a regular face on the show since it premiered on November 4th, 2008. He is currently the chief host of the show.

He hosted the 3rd Channel O Music Video Awards in 2006, after which he co-presented Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concert the following year. He also hosted seasons 1 and 2 of the South African Film & Television Awards as well as one season of the show Cooking Gospel.

Social Media

David Kau is an internet personality with an impressive fan base across his social media channels. He has over 140,000 followers on his Instagram account where he also promotes brands and products of people.

His YouTube channel, which he dedicated majorly to filmmaking, gaming, and comedy content has over 10,000 subscribers. Kau earns reason earnings on these platforms.

Where Is David Kau’s House Located?

David Kau’s house is situated in Kyalami Estate, northern Johannesburg. Although the actual value of the house is unknown, based on recent reports, Kau is thought to have spent perhaps R2 million or a little bit more on the 54 square metre apartment.

The comedian’s home became a trending topic online due to debt repayment issues.

David Kau received an R1.6 million loan from the bank in April 2006, along with another R330,000 loan, and was required to pay the interest charges on both while the building was being constructed and after it was finished.

After pledging to pay the loan back with approximately R14 000 in monthly instalments and using his residence as collateral, Kau allegedly defaulted in May 2021. Additionally, it was discovered that as of early 2022, he owed over R275,000 in arrears.

A debt counsellor or mediator was requested by the comedian but was later turned down by the banking institution. This happened following his failed attempt to vacate the judgement, set it aside, and block the issuance of an execution writ.

He had contended, following the court’s ruling, that FNB was not authorised to file for an order because he had written them a letter arranging to pay the loan and settle the arrears in six months.

He was informed that by paying back his loan and FNB’s legal fees, he could prevent the house from being put up for auction.

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