I have noticed in recent times that the fame of standup comedians especially the new ones are dropping heavily regardless of how much hard work this young and new comedians are putting up in their work and shows. When I use the word new comedians, am talking about both established and up and coming category, any comedian who is not among the first and second category of Nigeria standup comedy to me is regarded as new, this does not apply only to Nigeria but to Africa and worldwide at large.
Stand up comedy have been dropping down recently, looking back to the days of Ali baba, AY and basket mouth, you will see what am talking about or looking back to the days of Note of a thousand laugh and other great epic comedy shows, you will discover that comedians have really lost their fame and regard especially the new ones, now let’s take a look at the life and fame level of Ali baba , Basketmouth, Bovi, AY, akpororo and few others, you will discover that this set of stand up comedians re the first set of people to gain grand in the comedy industry and their fame is very high, they are as popular as their movie and music counterparts, they was a time in Nigeria, were a standup comedian is as famous as a musician but those days are gone, now, we can’t compare the fame of new musicians to the fame of new comedians, musicians are far above them in all things.
My purpose of writing this article is because of the love I have for the comedy field because I was once a comedian and I won’t like to see this entertainment field drop down totally, so I wish to point out what they are doing that is not right and what the musician and other entertainers are doing better so they can follow suite and get back their fame just like the others, I wish that this article will help Nigeria stand up comedy get back to its ground again.
WHY IS INTERNET AND SHORT VIDEO COMEDIANS ARE DOING BETTER IN TERMS OF FAME THAN STAND UP COMEDIANS
They is a reason why Nigerians focus more on internet comedians especially tgebvery funny skit makers more than the stand up comedians in recent times. Going through YouTube videos and Instagram followers, I have discovered that videos from big internet short video comedians in Nigeria get a very high view and comment more than stand up comedy video, most of the new comedy stars are not longer popping out from stand up but from YouTube and Instagram skits and the reason is not far from being fetched, The reasons is simply because they are more entertaining and they do Thiers in an easily accessible method and a method that can reach more millions of people all over the world.
You can’t expect to reach people in London and america by stand up comedy show hosted in Lagos, it doesn’t work that way, so you ever imaging that many people will fly all the way from London to come and watch a comedy show in Nigeria, No, even if they is, only few people will and can afford it.
If stand up comedy start making short videos too just like what they do on Instagram or always do a live standard coverage of their performance in every show and share on Instagram and Facebook, I believe they will also get back same fame like the internet comedians.
Another thing is promotion, stand Up comedians don’t do promotion of their contents, they hardly offer any co tent for free and you know Nigerians like free things, the only thing stand up comedians promote is their paid shows which can be only and easily accessible by those who have money to attend shows or those who are around that area in which the show is being hosted. Stand up comedians should also learn to run ads for their content,they should sponsor their stand up performance vdlideo on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube is possible. This is enable them reach a lot of fan there by increasing their fame, this is what internet video comedians do always
THINGS THAT STAND UP COMEDIANS SHOULD LEARN FROM MUSICIANS
They are couple of things that stand IP comedians should learn from their music counterpart which are also applicable in the comedy industry which am going to point out here
This is one thing that comedians should learn from the musicians, taking proper look that the music industry to their wears and videos, every thing is at high top notch quality that is why it is aired on major stations, if comedians start making quality videos and skits , big stations and investors may decided to focus on airing comedy videos and skits only there by increasing their fan base and fame
Not Stingy to invest on their career:
Musicians are not stingy to invest on their career, you will see a young musician spending and investing a lot on training and on his or her career just to get to the top, comedians can also follow suite and do same on his or her career
ALWAYS LOOKING NEAT:
You are a comedian and not a fool, don’t allow your comic personality make you look like a fool outside the stage, always look neat and normal outside the stage and on interviews, don’t dress like a mentally insane person to stage, remember, it’s not your dressing that makes you a comedian but what you say and act, you are a comedian and not a mad man
I have said this when I was talking about internet video comedians, they spend and promote their content a lot, musicians also do same too, a musician can spend a lot of money on making sure his or her content is highly promoted and aired every where, you see musicians promote videos and audios online, radios, TVs and others, comedians can also learn same too
Having a good platform to help and promote the upcoming:
In the music industry, it is called a record label, musicians who are established spend a lot on upcomings too, they promote and support the upcoming and also make money from them by making them sign agreement, comedians can also do same, why don’t we have a comedy label or group that will always help upcoming comedians, sign them and also make money just like what musicians do
THINGS THAT SHOULD BE FIXED IN THE STAND UP COMEDY INDUSTRY IN NIGERIA
As I have listed so many things that stand up comedians can lead from their counterparts in the Internet video comedy and the music industry, I will also be pointing out few things that should be fixes in the Nigeria stand up comedy industry in other to get to same level with with other entertainment counterparts.
1)No proper training platform
I discovered that most Nigeria stand Up comedians lack basic comedy training, most of them just jump up and decide to go on stage without Training, every field needs training, they are some certain skill you need to know and they are some certain jokes you say on some certain occasions depending on the people in attendance and the nature of the show or occasions. They should be an available platform where comedians should be trained and this site is one of the emerging great platform whee comedians and other entertainers will get proper training and orientation, just bookmark us and visit us regularly.
2) NO HELPING PLATFORM
They is also a need for investors and top comedians to create platforms for helping new and emerging comedians, promote them and give them all they need, you can also monitize them, its all about your idea just like what musicians do with record label.
3) NO PROPER REGULATORY BODY
The government don’t seem to recognize stand up comedy in Nigeria because they is no body or agency or law put in place to regulate the activities of stand up comedians and comedians at large so every one seems to do as they want or like. A good agency should be set up to regulate and over see the comedy industry in Nigeria because its also a multi million naira industry
4) LACK OF INVESTORS AND SPONSORS:
Only very few persons, companies and organizations are ready to invest in comedy business, every one seems to focus on internet, music, movies and others neglecting the comedy business. I recently read an interview of a big name in the comedy industry in Nigeria complaining of not getting a sponsor for a show in abuja.
5) NO PROSPER AIRPLAY STATIONS, ONLINE STATIONS, TELEVISON STATIONS AND RADIO STATIONS DEDICATED TO AIRING AND PLAYING ONLY COMEDY AND STAND UP COMEDY SHOWS
They is no station of any kind on air or TV or online that is dedicated to just playing and showing only activities in the comedy industry, the music industry have this a lot that is why are are so famous both local and intentional but comedy industry is lacking a lot in this aspect
6) NO ONE WANTS TO MENTOR ANOTHER, EVERY ONE ON HIS OR HER OWN
They is no one who is ready to mentor the new upcoming ones, so every one is on their own without any one to properly direct them and lead them, no one to seek advice from and others so this have made so many up and coming comedians stunted in one place and some have made mistakes that have cost them their careers. The big names should learn to accept and mentor the up and coming talented comedians in the industry.