"Stand-up comedy is dying" - Basketmas

“Stand-up comedy is dying” – Basketmas

Popular comedian Bright Okpocha, better known as Basketmouth, has lamented that Nigeria’s stand-up movement is “dying”.

He noted that unlike the music and film industries, Nigeria’s comedy industry lacks “structure and platform”.

he said in a recent interview with Arise TV.

“I think my colleagues would agree that stand-up comedy in Nigeria is actually dying out. The culture of stand-up comedy is bleeding badly,” Basketmus said.

“You know, when it comes to music, there are streaming platforms. They have platforms that support their activities all over the world. The same goes for movies, there are streaming platforms. And Afrobeats is that We invaded the space and created space for movies. Unfortunately, we don’t have a platform when it comes to comedy. We don’t have comedy clubs. We don’t have any structure.

“In America, when comedians decide to go on tour, they open comedy clubs across states and try out material over and over before they go on tour. But here in Nigeria, we don’t have comedy clubs. Practice the material. There’s no place for it. It’s an art, and you can’t just create it and go on stage without knowing what kind of reaction it’s going to get. When musicians create a song, they go through a lot of different processes before releasing it to the world. People call A&R and ask for feedback. But there are a lot of comedians out here. It’s a dangerous game. And they’re promoting the show and looking for sponsors. This system doesn’t allow comedy. It’s not built to support it. A lot of beginners don’t have a platform like we do.”

Source: dailypost.ng

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