CHRIS Mapane traded nuts and bolts for laughter.

The 32-year-old from Rammulotsi in Viljoenskroon, Free State, came to Jozi to pursue an industrial engineering degree.But he soon realised it was not for him.

Today he is a popular comedian who uses humour to get people thinking about important issues that affect us.

Chris admitted that dropping out of university was not a good move, but it took him on a path that makes his life more fulfilling.

“My best friend, Thabang Kgasane, suggested I do comedy,” he said.

“I tried it and it worked! My first gig was at Wits. I joked about campus relationships,” he said.

Chris went on to do mainstream comedy with Joe Parker.

One of his career highlights was joining the So You Think You’re Funny comedy competition on SABC1 as a mentor. He coached Popps Modikoane and Celeste Ntuli.

Chris also hosted Chockablock at YFM with AK Mogaga and featured on DJ Zinhle’s Pepe Roots video.

His ability to change a tense situation in a second has earned him bookings at many soccer functions including the All-Africa Games.

Chris said comedy means creative energy and peace.

“I come into a strategy meeting and help people change their negative mental attitude and make them positive. I trigger good thoughts.”

He added that the art of comedy doesn’t come quickly.

“It takes practice and determination to make it complete.”

Chris said what makes him different from others is that he applies industrial engineering in comedy.

“I have the skill of applying logic to make the best of a situation. I can just look at you and know what to say. That is how I project positive vibes into a situation