The Only Thing That Will Help Nigerians Now Is Comedy – Julius Agwu

 

At a time when Nigeria is witnessing some economic and security challenges, comedian, Julius Agwu, has advised Nigerians to embrace comedy.

In an interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News on Friday, he explained that Nigerian music and comedy have come a long way, with many artistes and comedians making their mark both locally and internationally.

He, however, said that there is now more need for comedy as the nation goes through some tough times.

“The fact is that considering the circumstances Nigeria is facing now, the only thing that can help anybody who is a Nigerian and not just only Nigerians, is comedy.

“When you think of all the bad things, just go and laugh. Laugh it out,” he said.

Agwu who was away due to health reasons, says he is back, bigger and better.

The 13th edition of his annual ‘Crack Ya Ribs‘ comedy show, took place in London on Sunday.

I Was Once A Bus Conductor, Says Ace Comedian Ali Baba

Ali Baba

 

Ace comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, popularly known as Ali Baba, said he was once a bus conductor before he rose to stardom.

The top Stand-up comedian went down memory lane on Saturday, sharing his growing up experience on Channels Television’s Breakfast Programme, Sunrise.

“I have been a bus conductor before, from Ramah park back to Ogbaazu (in Delta State),” he said on Saturday.

Ali Baba revealing his humble background said he occasionally used his dad’s Toyota Crown vehicle to convey people to their respective destinations as a taxi-driver.

“ I had my dad’s Toyota Crown. I will take the car for washing and I would do kabu-kabu (taxi), bribe him by coming with all the newspapers and put on the table,” he added.

Described as King of Comedian by some of his fans, the comic actor revealed that his hard work eventually paid off because people recognised him when he ventured into comedy.

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Recalling how the family of the publisher of The Guardian Newspaper, (late) Chief Alex Ibru, approached him a few years back as they recognised him as someone who once did menial jobs for the family.

He added, “ I have loaded bottles before in Super Brew. Even the Ibrus knew me because during holidays my dad takes us to the village. Our own summer was in the village.

“So when I started doing stand-ups, they were one of the first people that I visited and they were like, you are the one that loads crates and I responded, Yes I used to.”

Ali Baba, who has marked 30 years as a successful comedian in the country said that his entry into the comic world began by an “accident.”

According to him, 1988 was a defining moment because ‘October Rush’ was a time people coming back from holidays had free time.

Promoters of the shows in the 80’s according to him helped shoot him to limelight by targeting students who were fresh from school with lots of cash that could attend the shows.

Nollywood Actress Explains Why Nigerians Should Embrace Non-Comedy Movies

Lisa Omorodion, a Nollywood actress and filmmaker who featured in the latest comedy movie, Excess Luggage, says Nigerians need to enrich their knowledge by showing interest in other genres of movies apart from comedy.

The actress who seems not to be impressed with the seemingly exclusive taste for comedy films by cinema-goers said some serious Nigerian issues need to be brought to the spotlight in the Nigerian film industry.

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“In the cinema, Comedy does better because everyone wants to laugh. Everyone is going through struggles. Nobody wants to come to the cinema to watch something that will make them cry.

“But on the other hand, we need to reach out to people to let them understand what human beings are going through,” she said.

The actress who also took on a major role in the non-comedy flick ‘Little Drops of Happy’ believes that an exclusive desire for a single genre is not only hurting the filming industry but also keeping viewers away from vital life information.

Omorodion advises that Nigerians should be more receptive to films outside the comedy circle adding that this might reduce the suicide rate in Nigerian society.

“Suicide rate is on the increase because people don’t tackle these serious issues. We don’t talk about it well enough. I feel that Nigerians need to be open to new genres of movies well enough. Movies that tackle serious issues that need to be talked about in Nigeria,” she said.

Comedian, TheRealFemi Looks Beyond Instagram

Instagram comedian, Femi Imokhai, popularly known as TheRealFemi, says he has plans to take his creativity beyond social media and on to television.

He said this on Sunday during an interview on Channels Television’s Rubbin Minds, while comically analysing major issues that shaped the year 2017 ranging from the Jollof rice war, rats invasion of the office of the President, whistle-blowing, flooding, among others.

While he is popular for his skits on Instagram and his photoshop skills, the comedian said he also has a professional (9-5) job, where he works as a systems analyst for a mobile operator.

However, speaking of his career path and plans for the new year, Imokhai noted that it had always been his dream to go into acting and that if the right opportunities come, he wouldn’t hesitate to pursue them.

“It is something that iv been thinking about a lot and I hope to appear in series or in sitcoms. it’s been my dream for a long time. I don’t think I can act to save my life, but I’ll try.

“I have been called to do an audition once, but I couldn’t make it at the time because I don’t live here but if I get an opportunity I wouldn’t mind,” he said.

He also added that he would mind relocating to Nigeria to pursue such a career if the opportunity comes.

“Definitely yes I’ll be willing to take that leap of faith to move into Nigeria.

“My plan for 2018 is just to keep entertaining and making light of serious situations,” he added.

See one of his skits below:

Most Comedy Shows In Nigeria Are The Same -Xtreme

Many Nigeria’s popular Instagram comedians including Slk Comedy (AKA Omore Bi Custard), Mc Prince and Damola comedian, were co-headliners at the funny flight show, hosted by Xtreme in Lagos.

Speaking with Entertainment News on Channels Television, Comedian Xtreme explained that he created the Xtreme flight comedy show because there was a need to have a different kind of comedy show because other comedy shows where all the same.

“Most comedy shows in Nigeria is just a straight way jacket like everybody does the same thing, this show was birth out of the need and out of the belief that I need to and I can do something entirely different.”

Frank Donga who was also present at the event stated that social media comic acts are expanding their horizons, as they have started conducting real-life events.

He said “It is nice when people see the comic act that they enjoy on social media at shows and events. I think a lot of online comic act is also trying to broaden their horizons and explore other opportunities and other talents by crossing over to real life events and not be restricted to the comfort of their phones.

“It gives them opportunities to perfect their skills,”

Also at the event, Comedian Damola stated that comedy is revolving and content is what keeps it going.

“Comedy is revolving, we use to have the likes of Baba Sala in the past, then it upgraded to comedy movies, we started having standup comedy and now we have Instagram comedy. The truth is that content is what keeps the whole job going.”

Jerry Lewis, King Of Low-Brow Comedy And Charity Fundraiser, Dies

Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fundraising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday (August 20) of “natural causes” at the age of 91, his family said.

“Famed comedian, actor and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side,” a statement from the Lewis family said.

His spokeswoman, Candi Cazau, said by phone that he died around 9:30 a.m. PDT (12:30 p.m. EDT/1630 GMT).

Lewis, who rose to fame as goofy foil to suave partner Dean Martin and was a comic icon in France.

He had a movie revival in 1983, winning acclaim as an arrogant talk show host kidnapped by an obsessed fan in “The King of Comedy.”

He scored another late-career triumph with his 1995 Broadway debut in a revival of “Damn Yankees” and appeared in the film “Funn Bones” that same year.

He was 87 when his last movie, “Max Rose,” came out in 2013, playing a jazz pianist who questions his marriage after learning his wife of 65 years may have been unfaithful.

The son of vaudeville entertainers, Lewis became a star in the early 1950s as Martin’s spastic sidekick in nightclubs, on television, and in 16 movies.

At their height, they set off the kind of fan hysteria that once surrounded Frank Sinatra and the Beatles.

Their decade-long partnership ended with a bitter split and Lewis went on to star in his own film comedies.

Lewis’ movie persona, like the character he created in the act with Martin, varied little from film to film. He was zany and manic, forever squealing, grimacing and flailing his way through situations beyond his control.

He starred in more than 45 films in a career spanning five decades. His cross-eyed antics often drew scorn from critics but he was for a time a box-office hit who commanded one of the biggest salaries in Hollywood.

Long after his celebrity faded at home, Lewis was wildly popular in France, where he was hailed as “le Roi du Crazy” (the king of crazy) and inducted into the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, in 1984. He received a similar honor in 2006.

Lewis used his celebrity status to call attention to causes including the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For decades, he had a Labor Day telethon, raising in excess of $2 billion for the fight against muscular dystrophy.

He first started doing telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in 1952 before retiring from the job in 2011.

His publicist, Cazau, said on Sunday on CNN that over the years, his telethons had raised $2.45 billion.

Lewis was beset for years by numerous ailments, including heart attacks, an inflammatory lung disorder and chronic back pain caused by pratfalls earlier in his career.

Lewis had homes in Las Vegas and San Diego. He had six sons with singer Patti Palmer, including Gary of the rock group Gary Lewis and the Playboys. After a divorce, Lewis married SanDee Pitnick in 1983, with whom he adopted a daughter.

The Blogs Were Wrong, Woli Arole Is Not Engaged

Weeks ago, the internet went agog as news of a supposed engagement of social media comedian, Woli Arole, to an unidentified woman began to trend.

The news followed the release of pictures of the comedian seen loving up with the same lady which many blogs inevitably tagged as pre-wedding pictures.

The Instagram sensation has now spoken up on the matter, stating that the pictures were from a recent modelling gig. He, however, added that he has been inspired by the reactions to create a marriage focused series.

According to him, even his family members started calling frantically over the news but he had to explain to them that it was only a photoshoot for a clothing brand.

Speaking further on the idea of the marriage focused series, titled ‘Taken’, Arole explained that it a project he strongly believes would address a lot of issues concerning dysfunctions in marriage, which he identified as a growing trend especially in Nigeria.

“We have realised that most people get married for the wrong reasons – This project will solve a lot of questions, and I am sure after people watch this, you will have a rethink before you get married.”

Clowning For A Living: Klinton Cod Talks Comedy

Clowning For A Living: Klinton Cod Talks ComedyStunning Nigerian Instagram sensation, Klinton Cod, has narrated his journey from the medical sciences and how he made the switch into online comedy.

Speaking to Channels Television, Klinton, who became an internet comedy sensation in less than two years, revealed that his parents do not believe in his comedy.

Narrating his educational background, he said he initially had a dream of becoming a medical doctor but he instead chose Biomedical Sciences in which he bagged a BSc Degree.

Afterwards, he went on to gain a Master degree in Public Health because according to him, he has a passion for health.

He even wanted to go ahead and bag another Masters degree in nursing in the UK but he rather decided to focus on comedy.

Explaining his parents reaction to the switch, Klinton stated: “My parents don’t believe in my comedy career but my dad watches my videos and he laughs, but they wanted me to focus on my studies”.

Although he admitted the importance of education, he however placed priority on his comedy.

If I hadn’t been doing comedy, I probably would have been in the hospital, so you could call me either a Senior Nurse, Biomedical scientist or a public health professional,” he said.

According to him, while still working in the hospital as a training nurse, he preferred talking to the patients to make them feel better.

“At some point, they were complaining that I was here as a training nurse why do I keep going into the ward and keep talking to patients, I told them this is what I love doing, I walk into the ward and make patients laugh.

“Sometime they could be looking for me and they would just hear laughter coming out from somewhere, and they’ll realise that Klinton is definitely there.

It was afterwards that he realised that comedy was what he really wanted to do and according to him, he took the bold step and left the UK for Nigeria.

Speaking of the journey so far, he highlighted the importance of social media in his craft.

He believes that social media comedy is very important because, it reaches more people compared to the real life stand up comedy.

“An online social media comedian can easily get access 50,000 people from the comfort of their bedroom and from different vicinities but the stand up comedian has to plan towards an event and then the number of people to come for the event may probably be like two thousand,” he stated.

Tu-Baba Set To Launch ‘I Hate What You Do To Me’ Video

Tu-babaAfrican music legend, Innocent Idibia, also known as Tu-baba, has announced that he would be launching the video to his latest hit track, ‘I hate what you do to me’, at the Dare To Mix festival.

The festival organised by Campari and set to take place on November 5, 2016 in Lagos, would also feature superstar performances from top acts like 9ice, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Ycee and a host of others.

With the brand’s recent ‘Dare To Mix’ Campaign, it has decided to celebrate the diversity in music, comedy as well as cocktails.

The event would mark the first ever cocktail festival in Nigeria.

It would also feature various attractions, including comedy, a ‘mixology session’ with Tu-baba, making his signature mix, “Implication Shakerato”, a DJ face-off, among others.

Basketmouth Shows Off Gift From Jay Z

basket-mouthComedian Basketmouth is kinging!

The successful entertainer recently received a gift from international rapper and Roc Nation boss, Jay Z and he took to instagram to let fans know.

He excitedly told fans Jay Z posted the gift personally.

Check it out:

When Jay Z personally sends you a bottle of D’USSE……know that you’ve arrived. @dussecognac

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Alibaba’s ‘Piracy’ Appeal To President Jonathan Backfires

AlibabaAlibaba’s appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan to help rid the entertainment industry of pirates backfired as some entertainers did not take likely to his demand.

At an interactive session with the President recently, entertainers from the music and movie industries especially gathered to show their support for the President’s second term bid.

The session featured several live performances from singers including Waje, Oritsefemi, Sir Victor Uwaifo and many others.

However, Alibaba was more interested in issues plaguing the industry, piracy being the top item on the list.

During a question and answer session, Alibaba asked the President to help rid the entertainment market of pirates, rather than continue to give financial support as he had done throughout his first term in office.

“How are we going to deal with pirates so that we can put our products in the market and make money from it; Because if you give us $5 billion to bring a product out in the market, as soon as it is in the market, if a pirate gets one it’s over.”

The comedian told Entertainment News on Channels TV that some of his colleagues had asked “crappy questions that did not add value”, which indicated that they were concerned about getting money from the government.

However, some entertainers did not appreciate his question about piracy and had accused him of asking a question by the opposition, APC.

Alibaba has debunked this claim and has said he would ask President-elect Muhammadu Buhari the same question, if given the opportunity.

“It is not about money. It is about the enabling structure and platform for our businesses to thrive,” he said.

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Jonathan Meets With Nigerian Entertainment Practitioners

jonathanIt was a big weekend for entertainers in the country as they got to meet with the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Practitioners of different arms of entertainment including movies, music, comedy and fashion rolled out the drums to welcome President Jonathan to the Showbiz Interactive Session with Mr President which was held in Lagos, south-west Nigeria.

The evening, which was laced with performances from some of the biggest names in Nigerian entertainment, hit a crescendo when President Jonathan joined in to show his own reggae dance moves alongside Raggae legend, Ras Kimono.

After the various displays, they got to the most important agenda of a heart to heart talk with President Jonathan, where several members of the audience randomly took turns to ask the President questions.

Members of the industry asked the President how he intends to bring out the best from the sector.

Most of the speakers appreciated the President for showing support to the industry over the years but like Oliver Twist, they asked for more.

It appeared, however, that what troubles players in the Nigerian creative industry the most is the scourge of piracy, which the President promised to tackle as he seeks reelection.

After the interactive session, the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ibinabo Fiberesima, led out a team to pay tribute to the Nigerian troops bringing peace to the disturbed north-east region of Nigeria.