Comedy in Uganda is growing at a very fast rate and last Monday, comedy enthusiasts were treated to a cocktail of jokes at the 4th edition of Africa Laughs comedy show which was dominated by both Ugandans and comedians from across Africa.
The Singleton-sponsored show that is hosted by award winning comedian Patrick Salvador Idringi turned out to be a night filled with rib cracking humour and had revelers wiping tears of joy all through especially from the local comedians who included Agnes Akite, Emma Napoleon, Daniel Omara, Madrat and Chiko, Ronnie Mcvex as well as Omukebete.
The Ugandans had the show under control with their jokes. Emma Napoleon who was among the on stage came straight with a punch line. She entered with Clever J’s ‘Ensi Yaleta’, and after telling the deejay to stop the track, he said he grew up wanting to be like Clever J but now it’s the musician who wants to be like him. He then talked about how Sheila was beaten by her dad, Frank Gashumba and how the public made it their business not knowing she works on a programme called ‘The Beat’.
Agnes Akite cracked a lot of jokes but it was the joke about cheating that was most interesting.
“You can have a husband and fail to have kids but if he cheats on you once with the maid, he will get triplets. Maids are so fertile and if men doubt their fertility, maids are the best litmus tests,” she said.
These and more were some of the fresh jokes that Ugandan comedians exhibited at the show which also featured performances from the ever lively Basket Mouth from Nigeria, Arthur Nkusi from Rwanda, Alfred Kianga from Zimbabwe, Eddie Kadi from Congo and Prof Hamo and Mc Jessy from Kenya The evening comedy rotated around political jokes to sexual innuendos.
Basket Mouth, who many expected to be the headlining comedian wasn’t that impressive with his jokes. They were just imaginary and his climax didn’t have a lot of impact on the audience.
“What we have witnessed today is one of many things that goes to show that the comedy industry in this country has developed. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for the support. My sincere appreciation goes out to my fans who have believed in me since I premiered the show in 2013,” said Salvador after the show.