By Ayo Onikoyi
Again, up-and-coming comedians put up a brilliant performance alongside world-class comedians, attracting uproarious applause at the Glo Laffta Fest event in Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday. The Abeokuta edition of the show, held the previous week, had also witnessed a spectacular performance by budding and accomplished acts.
Glo Laffta Fest is Nigeria’s biggest comedy concert, currently on a 27-city tour. It will end in October. As has become customary with the show, the Lagos event, which was strategically hosted at the posh Eko Hotel and Suites, was attended by an A-class audience. In the hall were the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohamed, and the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, among other Very Important Personalities.
Alhaji Mohamed came with an entourage and appeared to have thoroughly enjoyed himself while at the event. Also in the audience to the delight of the fans were Nollywood stars like Funke Akindele, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Adekola Odunlade. Songster, honey-voiced Omawumi Megbele, also graced the event.
The show got on the way quite early in the evening with audience participation activities among which was a dancing competition for male and female guests. The winners, who were voted for by the audience, went home with beautiful prizes from Globacom.
Up-and-coming comedians such as Kemex, MC Medical, Koye from Rock City and the duet act called British Pastors opened the show, and they did quite well to impress the sophisticated audience that filled the Convention Centre of the Hotel.
All the budding comedians dished out very mature and funny jokes that kept the crowd laughing all through their time on stage. They were so impressive that they could pass for the main acts if not for their names.
The filled-to-capacity hall responded with waves upon waves of laughter and applause. At the end, each one received a massive ovation. They poked fun at the police, threw jibes at themselves, mocked Lagos residents, especially those who live in highbrow Lekki Peninsula that was recently affected by flood. They also made fun out of the stereotypes associated with the major tribes in the country.
British Pastors really exploited the back and forth technique with the crowd when they got the audience to take sides either with the Pastor or the Interpreter; the first representing those who attended private schools and the latter, those who attended public schools. They made the audience to sing along rhymes and songs that were popular in each school category. Each side tried to outdo the other, and at the end there was great excitement, laughter and fun.
After the budding comedians, the big boys of the day took to the stage. While the supporting acts were a surprise, the main acts lived up to their billing.
Eight A-list stand-up comedians from Nigeria and Uganda kept the audience bending over in laughter all evening until the last minute. Some of those in the audience who wanted to leave before the end of the show kept returning to their seats as the jokes were just too compelling to miss.
The top comedians who entertained included Princewill, Frank D Don, Bash d Cash, Arinze Baba, Dan D’Humorous, I go Dye and Gordons. There was also Salvador from Uganda.
The next destination of the show is Kubwa this Sunday. Other cities that will host the show in the weeks ahead include, Makurdi, Ikeja, Ikorodu, FESTAC, Ajah, Suleja, Ibadan, Kano, Port Harcourt, Lokoja, and Anyigba.