Comedy in Nigeria is becoming more interesting and worthwhile by the day. Comedy concerts now attract a great crowd of VIP’s as well as ordinary people whenever it is held anywhere in the country. As it gets more rewarding and funnier, people are becoming more willing to make comedy their career or to part with their money in order to enjoy comedy shows. This would never have come to be if not for the relentless efforts of some of our countrymen who refused to give up on what they love doing and believed career could be birthed out of clowning.
Here are the wave-making set of comedians in Nigeria with whom you have no option but to reel in laughter whenever they take up the microphone.
10. KLINT DA DRUNK
Afamefuna Clinton Igwemba, popularly known as Klint da Drunk, is a household name in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Without being told, you can guess his style of comedy from his stage name, ‘Klint Da Drunk’. Klint is one of the silliest comedians who mixes his comedy with music – he is fond of bursting into one song or the other which on most occasions he just came up with there and then. So many Nigerians already hold the opinion that Klint is one of the funniest comedians the country has ever had. He said he drew his inspiration for making jokes by mimicking a certain Mr Mojo, a drunk that was in his village while he was growing up. He once said in an interview that he is drunk only on stage and one of his reasons is to make drunks see how silly they are when drunk.
9. SEYI LAW
Seyi Law has some similarities with Gordons in the way he displays on stage. He is a Nigerian comedian of Yoruba origin who started off comedy in December 2005. He made the big break in 2006 right after he emerged the first winner of AY’s Open Mic Challenge. After then, he delved into comedy professionally in 2008. Right after he started, he got three major awards. One of his most popular comedy mini-movies is the one of Christ’s crucifixion where he played the role of Jesus carrying the cross and being flogged. The play went viral and contributed so much to bring him to the limelight. Seyi never leaves his roots from his performances. He is well-known for being raw and original. He has the natural ability to make you reel in laughter with his foolish, clownish, ‘yeye’ jokes.
8. HELEN PAUL
Helen Paul Bamisile, commonly known as Tatafo is a female Nigerian comedian; I would rather call her a comedienne. Comedy has always been a man thing but this lady has proven that opinion wrong by taking to the comedy stage and succeeding there too. She is popular for her unusual childish voice as well as her funny habit of inter-switching the Yoruba and the English languages. She has this creative ability to cook up hilarious stories and events which she relates in the funniest and dramatic ways, playing out the role of every character in her story with tone modulations and other verbal cues. She can hold her audience spell-bound for a long while with her very funny jokes. In most of those short comic stories, she usually takes the place of a naughty mischievous child.
7. JULIUS AGWU
Julius Agwu may have deserved a better position on this list, but recently, his interest in politics and music has reduced his fame in the comedy industry. Julius is a renowned Nigerian comedian and professional compère. He owns the Real Laugh Entertainment, an event management firm along with choice properties in several states. Julius is popular for getting at his audience to create funny jokes. He flows with such naturalness that is so hilarious and relaxing that you can’t afford to miss his shows whenever you got the opportunity to be his guest. One of his most popular gigs is the ‘Crack Ya Ribs’ series, a comedy show he started in 2001, in Lagos, Nigeria. He has also succeeded in taking it to American cities like London, Houston, Atlanta, and Maryland.
The comedy Berlusconi, as he calls himself is so naturally funny that it takes him less than nothing to keep his audience rolling in laughter. Gordons which was derived from his real name Godwin usually draws his jokes from religious ministries. He calls himself the Bishop of the Osusu ministry and once said he may end up becoming a pastor. The Delta-born Godwin is the Nigerian comedian that is fond of shouting “Hallelujah’ and humming a make-believe song in between his jokes. He is the first Nigerian comedian to feature on CNN and has risen to become one of Nigeria’s most decorated comedians. He has produced several comedy audios which are on high sales. He is the founder of the Comedy Klinic Ward which is a comedy series. If you have never been to his Klinic, you must make out time to do so because it will do you a lot of good, spirit, soul and body!
Jephta Bowoto, aka, Akpororo is a fast rising Nigerian comedian who came into the limelight in 2008 after emerging winner of the keenly contested AY OPEN Mic comedy competition. Though still new in comedy entertainment, Akpororo is extremely funny and that’s earning him fast popularity. He said in one of his shows that he should be addressed as “Akporaurau” and not Akpororo because – ‘levels don change’. He has done some comedy shows with very popular comedians like Basket Mouth, AY, etc. He is very energetic, ingenious and hilarious. Some people perceive him as the “mad comedian” but the truth is that Bowoto has got something that’s capable of cracking your ribs anytime, anywhere!
Ayodeji Richard Makun, aka, AY is evidently one of the most creative Nigerian comedians at the moment. He is a household name and specifically a creative entrepreneur in the Comedy Industry. He is the host of the A.Y live shows and A.Y comedy skits. He is the producer of the popular comic and romantic play, 30 Days in Atlanta. AY is a multi-talented, multi-award winning stand-up comedian, and one of the most successful comic artists Nigeria has produced. He has really proven himself an established authority as a Compere, Stand-up Comedian, Radio and TV Presenter, Promoter, Producer, Actor, Director, Writer, and Event Manager. He has numerous awards and concerts to his credit and has been in the comedy business for almost a decade.
3. I GO DIE
Francis Agoda is his name, the Nigerian comedian who often wears off-colour suits is popularly known as “I go die”, (which basically sounds like his surname). He is from Delta state, Nigeria. Agoda started his comedy career as early as the age of 13 in his state. He is one of the most talented rib crackers Nigeria and Africa is blessed with. He is very fast-mouthed and can cook up hilarious stories, funny enough to make his audience fall off their seats in laughter just within seconds. One of his most popular comedy shows is the one titled “I go die standing”.
His full name is Bovi Ugboma, and he was born on September 25, 1979. He is not only a comedian, but also a director, producer, actor, and writer. Bovi is from Delta State and is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the Delta State University. Bovi is currently one of the funniest comedians in Nigeria. He is closely associated with the wave-making Akpos jokes, being the first person to be called that name by a fellow comedian, AY in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Comedy Show. He began his career in April 2007, starring in the sitcom Extended Family, which he produced, wrote, and packaged. He is always spotted with the popular Nigerian comedian, Bright Okpocha, aka Basket Mouth.
1. BASKET MOUTH
I need not tell you about basket mouth because even if you are not a lover of jokes, you can’t help but still know and hear him wherever you are. Basket Mouth, whose real name is Bright Okpocha is a leading artist in the Nigerian comedy industry and also the second most popular comedian in Africa. He gave comedy a try in his school days at the University of Benin, but you won’t believe that his first stand-up comedy was a disaster because the crowd got irritated and booed him off the stage. At this moment, Basket mouth has got no close rival in the comedy business in Nigeria; he is simply the best at it. He was the first African comedian to host a one-man comedy concert at the HMB Hammersmith Apollo which made huge sales; that was on 21st February 2010. Basket mouth is so good at comedy that almost everybody believes he can never get it wrong – loud rolls of laughter are sure to follow every single joke he cracks!