By YomiÂ Awelewa
Â The comedy industry in Nigeria recently got a boost courtesy of M-Net, premium content provider for Dstv, which introduced the Comedy Club circuit. The second season of this increasingly popular show debuted a few weeks ago. Every Saturday at exactly 8pm local time, DStv viewers are now treated to a bouquet of fresh entertainment, as M-Net Channel 102 brings Comedy Club, an initiative meant to boost local content production and to help grow the comedy industry in the country.
Â The Comedy Club phenomenon has been described as the lifeblood of any established comedy industry because comedians, young and old, experienced and start-ups get a chance to engage with audiences and fans and stumble across new material to help develop as comics.
Â This Comedy Club _-â€˜Live in Lagosâ€™ initiative by M-Net, which started in 2009, provides support for a circuit that hosts the comedians on regular basis. M-Net rode on the crest of the wisecrack that â€œthereâ€™s nothing as interesting and amusing as a business of making people laughâ€ and brought to the audienceâ€™s delight, on a platter, an entertainment which hitherto was not available to them freely. At a select venue, people from different walks of life gather to listen to the acts performed. Usually, M_Net blends experience with vision by offering the audience two acts on every show _ one established and one upcoming. There is also a life band, The Sharp Band, which adds verve to the occasion with their melodious voices, exotic dancing steps, and assorted music for the listening pleasure of the audiences.
Â It doesnâ€™t stop there. Through the showâ€™s versatile anchor, IK OsakioduwaÂ – the host of BBA Revolution, another M-Net production, the audience is made to experience the new dimension of comedy while the viewers at home enjoy quality time in front of their TVs, watching the performances, IKâ€™s side comments and interviews with the acts as well as life music from the band. This way, M-Net contributes in no small measure to boosting local content production on pay television.
Â Mrs Biola Alabi, Managing Director M_NET Africa, said most of the recently introduced programmes like Letâ€™s Dance, Tinsel and Comedy Club are part of M_NETâ€™s contributions to local content development, emphasizing that Nigeria is increasingly becoming source of good programming on M_NET. She said the programs create a platform for home_grown talents in the arts (dance, drama and comedy) to showcase their abilities particularly upcoming acts.
In the line up for Comedy ClubÂ – Live in Lagos Season Two, viewers will have opportunity to see their regular established stand-up acts like Basketmouth, Omobaba, Owen Gee, AY, Jedi, Federational Mallam, Lepacious Bose, Julius Agwu, Gandoki, I Go Save, Mandy, Seyi Law, and Gordons. There will also be a cameo appearance for Kevin Chuwang Pam, the winner of BBA Revolution and the first Nigerian to win the continental reality show. This season also, M-Net has lined up acts from other parts of Africa. There will be Lediga, Loyiso Gola and Brent PalmerÂ from South Africa; Bob Nkosa from Zambia; and Pablo from UgandaÂ – all of them performing â€œlive in Lagosâ€. The ultimate benefit of this season will be the fresh talents that Comedy Club will be unleashing on the industry.