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Africa Laughs lives up to hype

Comedians Kenny Blaq,Eddy Kadi, Mpho Popps and Eric Omondi join Salvador on stage. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO

Comedian Patrick ‘Salvador’ Idringi on Friday held his Africa Laughs show that coincided with his birthday.

Before his Valentine’s Day show opened, Salvador was highly billed as the funniest Ugandan; whether he proved that or not, it is probably a topic for another day.

But if there was one thing the funny man fulfilled, it was bringing together one of the biggest comedy shows Uganda has seen so far.

From the curation of comedians Eric Omondi from Kenya, Kenny Blaq from Nigeria, Alfred Kaiga from Zimbabwe, Mpho Popps from South Africa and Eddy Kadi from DRC, Salvador and team were onto something.


With the presence of South African comedian Kagiso Lediga, almost all Africa’s funny royalty was at Kololo Independence Grounds, the venue for the show.

Since people have seen many of the local acts, there seemed less enthusiasm in seeing them perform, so some people spent much of this time catching up with friends.

Salvador kicked off the show with such an entrance, with a briefcase in one hand, followed by a mean looking bouncer and an usher holding a maroon box.

He was simply welcoming us to the show and introducing Kaiga as the host, a humourous character that had jokes about Jamaica, Nigeria and his flight to Uganda.

Brian and Manuella Mulondo had a good time. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO

Omondi having performed in Uganda various times easily got his way around the Museveni and beer or liquor jokes. In fact, Salvador being a Singleton ambassador, the liquor got various mentions from many comedians in the night.

Popps for instance talked about the day he asked for whiskey after learning the drinks were on the house.

Popps and Blaq from Nigeria had the biggest night among the visiting comedians. Blaq had his play around RnB and Nigerian songs while Popps maximised a single joke about flying economy and first class to get a standing ovation.

Salvador was meant to perform for 45 minutes but that did not happen, instead, he only came and thanked sponsors, but of course, it was in a comical way that for some, it counts as a performance.

He talked about his visit to the State House and how it saved him Shs30m.

Tanzanian singer Harmonize. PHOTO BY EDDIE CHICCO

The show ended with Salvador inviting Tanzanian singer Harmonize to close the show at about 1am.

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