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May 19 2014


Stand Up Comedy - A Thriving Platform in Nigerian Entertainment

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Returning to the 80's era, a few sitcom programmes were aired on TV such as Basi & Co, Second chance, The newest Masquerade, Koko Close, which thrilled the Nigerian viewers, especially Lagosians with various hilarious episodes. Sitcom was definitely "it". However, one man chose to take the bull through the horn and introduce fully stand up comedy towards the Nigerian populace. Opa Benson's, "Nite of the thousand laughs" which made its debut about the entertainment scene on October 1st 1995, made the desired impact, which some doubting Thomases never believed might happen. It became a regular event with its acceptability gaining more grounds as time passes.

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Various comedians came together under this platform to reel out rib cracking jokes. However, Tee- A (Babatunde Adewale), chose to take comedy to a higher dimension and was the first to stage a one man comedy show in the united states, using the slogan "Live N Naked". Other comedians seeing the endless possibilities such individual shows created followed suit. Ayo Makun's "A.Y Live", Bright Okpocha's "Basket mouth uncensored", Julius Agwu's "Crack ya ribs" have grown to be regular shows. Comedians including Owen gee, Koffi, Gordons, I go die, Teju baby face, Gbenga Adeyinka the first, Basorge Tara jnr have graced their events.

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Every year, new comedians on the block are inducted into the comedy world to become listed on that old members. They proudly refer to themselves as "Comedians of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with Alleluya Atuyota Akporobomeriere a.k.a Ali Baba his or her Grand commander in chief. A few females have carved niches for their own reasons in this male dominating field including Princess, Mandy, Lepacious Bose, and Helen Paul a.k.a tatafo. Ayo Makun, beside his regular operate comedy event moved one step further as part of his noble quest to discover young talented comedians seeking the opportunity to jump start a possible operate comedy career. His monthly talent show coupled with his TV programme "The A.Y.show" has witnessed teenagers getting into the sector. Bumi Davies (though not really a comedian) organises the "Stand up Nigeria" monthly operate comedy show which entertains Nigerians too.

Fame and fortune have accompanied these comedians with a few being engaged as comperes in corporate/social events, as well as endorsing companies products by way of adverts for eg Hollandia Milk (Ali Baba, Julius Agwu), and Glo ( Basket mouth). Corporate bodies even sponsor these fully stand up comedy shows. A better life may be guaranteed for comedians who possess the laughter medicine and are skilled in administering sufficient dosages from it towards the audience. In addition to the creeping threat of re-cycled jokes which some comedians are kicking against, and also the dependence on other states to become beneficiaries of the laughter sphere, operate comedy has not yet done badly within the Nigerian entertainment circuit with certitude will be here to remain!

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