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How I Discovered My Lawyer Character – Skit Maker Layi Wasabi

His comedic material stemmed from keen observations of lawyers at the court premises, allowing him to envision and portray their day-to-day lives with a humorous twist.


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Nigerian comedian Isaac Olayiwola, popularly known as Layi Wasabi, recently shared insights into the genesis of his humorous law character, which has captivated audiences in the Nigerian comedy scene.

Reflecting on his creative process during a live interview with Cool FM on Monday, Wasabi disclosed that his academic background included studying law at the university.

Shedding light on the origins of his online persona, he revealed that his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was undertaken at the Ministry of Justice in Ibadan, further noting that it was a crucial experience that contributed to shaping his comedic portrayal.

“I studied law in school, and how I came about that character online is that I play online experientially. I served at the Ministry of Justice, Ibadan, so there were a lot of lawyers like that.

“And whenever I was on an internship, I did most of my internships in Osogbo, court experiences. I never had a one-on-one with many of them,” he said.

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Having immersed himself in the legal environment during his internship in Osogbo, Osun State, Wasabi said he drew inspiration from the distinct personalities he encountered in the legal profession.

The skit maker noted that his comedic material stemmed from keen observations of lawyers at the court premises, allowing him to envision and portray their day-to-day lives with a humorous twist.

“There were a lot of lawyers hanging around the court premises. My comedic material was from observation; I was able to see these characters and just kind of assume what their day-to-day lives look like.”

“So that was how I came about the law character,” he added.

 

Layi Wasabi. Credit: Wasabi/Instagram

Wasabi, known for his clever wordplay and acting as a comical lawyer in his skits, has garnered a substantial fan base with his unique online content.

Despite his current fame, he shared insights into the challenges he faced at the outset of his skit-making journey in 2015, he described the early days as “rough.”

The skit maker delved into the challenges he confronted during his formative years in the comedy industry.

“The beginning was really rough after my few viral videos. I was so much in my head. I have heard a lot of content creators get to that point when they firstly realize fame; they kind of sip into this depression,” he said.

“I was scared and mostly anxious and having a lot of sleepless nights and so it was getting to me. I didn’t know the next step because I didn’t know how to navigate.

“It (skit comedy) had always been a long dream but I had to be my own therapist, enjoy this thing, go with the flow and do what I had to do.”