These people have made names as comedians, and they have also played notable roles in the Nigerian movie industry. These comedians have transcended their stand-up acts to becoming one of the prominent names in Nollywood.
Below is a list of some of the comedians that are making waves in the Nigerian movie industry!
- Ali Baba
Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome popularly known as Ali Baba, can be hailed as the Grand Commander of Nigerian comedy.
Born in Warri, Delta State, he is a graduate of Religious and Philosophy graduate from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State.
Ali Baba has featured in big-budget productions such as The Wedding Party 1&2, and Alakada Reloaded. He also has notable roles in movies such as The Last Three Digits, Head Gone and My Guy.
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Ayodeji Richard Makun popularly known as AY is one of Nigeria’s A-list comedians. The Theatre Arts graduate of the Delta State University, Abraka is the leader of Corporate World Entertainment. This company is behind the success of AY Live Comedy Show, one of the biggest comedy shows in Africa.
Just like Ali Baba, AY has a top position in comedy, he has featured in Nollywood movies and signed a critically acclaimed production as Executive Producer.
AY has starred in movies such as The Wedding Party, Being Mrs. Elliot, and American Driver. He has signed as lead actor and producer in movies such as 30 Days in Atlanta, A Trip to Jamaica, 10 Days in Sun City and Merry Men.
- Bovi Ugboma
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Tori olorun!! In university I had this classmate. Pat (not real name) was a beautiful black warri girl. Exams were fast approaching. Though Pat and I were cool, she started to draw nearer. She would sneak up on me in the library while I read; her breasts pressing against my back and her warm breath gently fanning my ear lobe. “Wetin you dey read”, she would casually ask. I honestly thought Pat was in love but before that thought could grow, she cut short her seduction process. Or let’s say she jumped to the end once she saw I was buying her every move and aiming for the kill. What She actually wanted was to sit next to me during exams. Fast forward to days to the exam, we had rehearsals late into the night (theatre-arts department). There was a cult war going on off campus and being on campus at that time meant we weren’t safe. Sleeping in the school hostel wasn’t an option either. Pat saw I was going to risk going to my hostel so she begged to walk with me. My hostel was farther than hers but to get to her hostel, you had to take a dark turn off the main road and head down a long thick bush road. At the junction to her hostel she started to beg me to follow her to her hostel and spend the night. Well, she didn’t beg for long. All of a sudden, this bush road became bright. I held her hand like a soldier, marching on and dreaming of our tryst destined by fate. As we approached her hostel, I heard the chillest words of that month. “my boyfriend will be happy to escort you”, she whispered. I was dazed and livid at the same time. This girl just risked my life by conning me. My urge turned to suppressed rage. I literally lost my erection and temper at the same time. The bush road became dark again. Once we arrived, I told her she must wake her boyfriend to escort me. I had to be petty to restore my pride. I had just fallen mugu. So mugu I was ready to be to the end. I heard her wake her boyfriend and plead with him to come and escort her classmate. Grudgingly her boyfriend muttered “tori olorun, I no go fit”. And that’s how those words stuck in my brain. Till this date, once I say “tori olorun”, just know that I’m not changing my mind or I’m dead serious!
Bovi, one of the most popular comedians in Nigeria has his name listed amongst Nigerian movie producers.
The Delta State-born comedian and a graduate of Delta State University produced and featured the 2016 romantic comedy, It’s Her Day.
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Stanley Chibuna, popularly known as Funnybone, the Anambra State native was born and raised in Kaduna state. He is a Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Jos. Funnybone is one of the most celebrated comedians in Nigeria and has joined the comedy industry over a decade ago.
Funnybone has also proven to be a talented actor with his roles in movies such as, Bandits, When Love Happens Again, Sergeant Tutu, Kondo Game, What Just Happened, and Love Is In The Hair.
- Helen Paul
The lady known as Tatafo is making waves in comedy has also proven to be a skilled TV presented and actor. She is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos. She has worked as a freelance and fulltime presenter at several media houses such as Lagos Television and MNet, as a co-presenter in the Jara show with Uti Nwachukwu. Helen Paul has also featured in movies such as Alakada 2, Alakada Reloaded, The Return of Jenifa, Damage, A Wish, The Place: Chronicle of the Book, Akii The Blind, Osas, Igboya, Mama Put, and much more.
Helen Paul opened a film and theater academy names, “Helen Paul Theater and Film Academy” in 2014.
Bright Okpocha popularly known as Basketmouth was born in 1978 in Lagos State. He is one of those that have made a remarkable name in the comedy industry. A graduate of University of Benin, he has featured in 2016’s Flatmates.
Basketmouth has also produced a horror movie, “The Exorcism of Alu” which has yet been released to the cinema.
Which of these comedians are your favourites? Have you watched any movie that starred these comedians? Let us know in the comments section!
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