In recent times, stand up comedy as an aspect of entertainment has gained much popularity and patronage in Africa. Just like musicians, comedians are becoming celebrities in Africa and beyond, they are as well beginning to earn much fame, recognition and wealth. It will no longer sound strange if a child says he or she wants to become a comedian in future. Seeing that comedy now pays, a lot of young people in Africa have taken to comedy as a career. Quite interestingly, African comedians are among the best in the globe. They are as good as ever, and can easily turn a blue day to a very merry one with their hilarious and rib cracking jokes. We have come up with a list of the Most Popular African Comedians – The Best 10. Enjoy…
10. BOVI – Nigerian
Bovi is a Nigerian comedian a lot of people love so well. He began his career in April 2007, starring in the sitcom Extend Family, which he produced, wrote, and packaged. The show was very popular, and by 2008 Bovi was leading comedy shows and events throughout Nigeria. He participated in Nite of 1000 Laughs organized by Opa Williams. He has gradually earned himself fame and recognition through individual achievements and also by attaching himself to very popular comedians on stage. He is always spotted with the popular Nigerian comedian, Bright Okpocha.
His full name is Bovi Ugboma, and he was born on September 25, 1979. He is not only a comedian, but also 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 on ground in Africa now. He is closely associated with the wave-making Akpos jokes, being the first person to be called that name by a fellow comedian, AY.
9. EDDIE KADI – Congolese
Eddie Kadi is a Congo-born (Kinshasa to be precise), British-bred comedian who has continuously wooed everyone with his unique African-infused brand of comedy and humor, even selling-out notable event venues in the multicultural UK. It is basically his quick wit and unpredictability that make him a natural entertainer. Eddie Kadi won the BECA Award for Best Comedy Newcomer soon after he started his career as a comedian. The last time Eddie headlined his own show was at The 02 arena, as the first Black British comedian to do so. He is also an actor and a musician.
8. JOHN VLISMAS – South African
John Vlismas is a popular but controversial comedian who is always regarded as being offensive. He is one of those comedians who hold the view that comedy is not about the comic. He is set to let the society know the truth, no matter how offensive it may be. That notwithstanding, Vlismas knows his way of making his audience laugh out loud with his so-called “offensive jokes”.
Vlismas won the 2007 South African Comedy Award for best stand-up comedian of the year and was a finalist in the 2008 Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off. In 2010, Vlismas was in the comedy film Outrageous with fellow South African comedians, Barry Hilton, Joey Rasdien, Loyiso Gola, Mark Banks, Riaad Moosa, and Krijay Govender – the only female in the cast. In April 2014, he was part of the dais at Comedy Central Africa’s Roast of Kenny Kunene.
7. MICHAEL BLACKSON – Ghanaian
Michael Blackson is a Ghanaian who is well-known for his dry jokes which are always good enough to make his audience reel in laughter. He is actually the oldest of all the comedians in this list: he was born in November, 1972. He is popularly known as the African King of Comedy. He got his inspiration from the comedy of Eddie Murphy.
Michael Blackson has performed in many well-known comedy competitions such as the USA Comedy Central Tour in Philadelphia, the chlitz Malt Liquor Comedy Tour in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and the Urban Comedy Festival in New York City. Blackson also competed in the Laffapolooza Comedy Festival in Atlanta and the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition in Oakland, California.
6. NIK RABINOWITZ – South African
Nik Rabinowitz is a South African comedian and author, who has made guest appearances on several comedy shows, including the British panel show Mock the Week. Nik studied at the University of Cape Town where he bagged a business degree. He has become a much sought-after national comedian and a household name beyond Cape Town, and according to feedback from his audience, Rabinowitz is getting funnier by the day and may soon move up the list of most popular African comedians in no distant time. He currently presents “The Week that Wasn’t”.
Nik, who refers to himself as the ‘world’s leading Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian’, has been a staple on the local comedy scene for years, he has numerous shows under his belt. Not to mention, he has appeared in locally made film productions like Fellow funnyman (and doctor) Riaad Moosa’s Material. He’s also co-authored a book, The Youngsters, and , in 2014, performed as an opening act at the Toronto South African Film Festival.