10 Best and Funniest Comedians in Africa 2017
Best and Funniest Comedians in Africa
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Ten Top African Comedians
Over the past few years, being funny in Africa has become a lucrative career. Even in struggling economies, people are opening up to the idea of laughter as an essential of their balanced diets. With the advent of social media, comedy is now more accessible than ever at close to nothing. The debate of whether this is profitable for the performers is separate from the mere fact that social media, particularly Whatsapp has propped up comedians and breathed life into the industry. Now more than ever before, Africa has a large number of performers but the listed are arguably the most popular of the bunch. You cannot trust your ribs with these comedians, they could crack and break them.
Trevor is one of the most successful comedians to rise from Africa. He was born to a Swiss father and a Xhosa mother and this had huge influences on his relatable but unique comedic voice. He is the type of performer who almost gets everyone from every demographic sect because of his mixed upbringing. He was the first South African to sell out a one man show and true to his record breaking character, he took over from Jon Stewart as host of ABC’s “The Daily Show”. BBC crowned him Africa’s best comedian in its 2015 list. Trevor has been featured on the cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. His name is synonymous to pure comedy success.
Bright Okpocha (Basket Mouth)
Basket Mouth, the man, the myth and the legend was born and raised in Abia State, Nigeria. He is one of the most known African performers and for good reason too. He was the first African to host a show at the Apollo in London.
The Queen of African comedy is Ugandan and she goes by the name Anne Kansiime. The continent fell in love with Kansiime through the internet with videos of her great exploits doing the rounds in the greater continent.
Kadi was born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo but raised in the United Kingdom. When the ruthless African punch lines are combined with British wit, the result is an out of this world amalgam that cares not for the well-being of your ribs.
When a man says he was inspired by Eddie Murphy, you have to believe he is not in the industry for anything but success. Struggling performers do not even name drop the biggest names in the industry as comparisons will be drawn and they will be embarrassed.
Chaponda is a Malawian versatile performer. One day he could be at a steamy affair in a strip club and in two days at a Christian festival, never getting lost in the differing contexts.
Tumi is a well known South African actress and comedienne famed for various television sitcom roles. She has also worked as a puppeteer. She entered the comedy world in 2005 with Parker Leisure Management and has performed mainly in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Helen Paul Basimile
Helen Paul is a Nigerian comedienne, singer and actress better known as Tatafo. She has been said to have a “quirky and spontaneous” style and this coupled with her voice manipulation skills make her childlike and ridiculously funny. She is a graduate of Theatre Arts which she studied at the University of Lagos and has worked as a presenter for Lagos Television, Continental Broadcasting Service and MNet. She rose to fame as a character on a critically acclaimed radio program, “Wetin Dey” on Radio Continental.
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