If your aspiration is to become a comedian in Nigeria, this article has you covered.
Comedy has been known to be an old career. Did I mention ‘old’? Yes, it’s still a fresh profession with an awesome reputation. Comedy is always needed by every society in the whole world.
From the angle of proper health-wise, comedy helps to initiate laughter, which triggers the release of endorphins – the promoter of an overall sense of well-being.
But there are many people in the industry now…..
Yes, teenagers and young adults are coming into comedy every day.
That’s why you need to read this article with an open mind as it’s going to teach you how to outshine them. The fact remains that the majority of new ‘so-called comedians’ will soon come down, or jump into the theatre industry because they don’t actually have the required knowledge.
Many of them are not funny, and those funny ones are doing it wrong.
What You Will Learn in This Article
This is a great post that you will ever find on how to become a top-paid comedian in Nigeria, for Nigerians and the world. It covers:
- How to get ready for a successful journey.
- Why it’s awesome to become a comedian in Nigeria.
- How to Craft Funny Stories.
- Publishing like a pro: how to stand out as a comedian in Nigeria.
- Making MASSIVE MONEY as a comedian in Nigeria.
Why doing comedy in Nigeria?
The fact that comedy is an awesome art isn’t enough to make it a lucrative career. Below are four reasons that make it amazing to go into comedy in Nigeria.
#1. A fine Tool to make impacts
Suicide is rapidly becoming a common practice among Nigerians, especially the young ones, which needs closer attention and solution. So, what’s leading the victims to suicide?
The best answer so far is ‘depression’ that mostly occur due to the past and, or current tragic or shocking events.
As a comedian, you can make people laugh and happy, and therefore, give them more reasons to want more life.
#2. Source of passive income
Frankly speaking, money is paramount in all our life endeavours. Being a comedian, you can earn cool and passive income. This article will teach you how to best make money below.
#3. Source of quick fame
The world is already connected via the internet. As a comedian in Nigeria, you don’t have to exhaust your lifespan before turning a star. Comedy makes people wanting to see and meet you in person.
#4. Highly in demand
“With our hectic lives, a dose of comedy is a must”___Anita Hassanandani Reddy
As asserted in the above quotation, comedy is highly needed by Nigerians due to the unfriendly status of the atmosphere. People need more reasons to appreciate their life – more of it is to stay glad and have a sharp sense of belonging.
Getting Ready To Becoming a Comedian In Nigeria
1. Choose your delivery platform
How do you want to deliver your stories? Do you want to go into stand-ups, short skits, or written comics?
I’m not trying to stop you from choosing all the styles. It’s just far better to choose and build on one of the styles for you to spring-up quickly.
Yes, the one that interests you the most.
2. Make your stories short
“What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke”___Steve Martin
Your audience will love you, only if your comedy doesn’t seem to be time-wasting. Make your stories short in order to keep them yearning for more, and not to make them feel exasperated.
3. Train your confidence
What gives spices to your comedy is your confidence to deliver your stories the way you’ve planned, or better than your practice. Your confidence is needful.
4. Don’t be persisting
Something is funny precisely because it’s so surprising. The moment you opt to re-tell your story, you are giving your audience the best reason to feel bored and irritated.
Don’t recap, don’t persist!
5. Be clear, but not too clear
“The more you talk the more common you become.” Base your story on what your audience can easily grasp.
Don’t tell what you’ll have to explain deeply before they understand. Doing this will turn you a mere storyteller, and not a comedian.
6. Be Humorous
Your audience comprises different people with a different sense of humour. Not all of them will laugh at your skit.
Train yourself to be simply funny when you find anyone looking at you as a moron after struggling to present your hardly crafted story.
7. Pass Message
“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious”___Peter Ustinov
Don’t craft stories that will only aim at making people laugh. Instead, build your comedy around rich content, which will leave your audience with happiness and relief. This is the only way to store your skit in the brain of your audience.
Crafting Funny Stories
While striving to become a comedian in Nigeria, your motive shouldn’t be to get fame or make money; rather, it’s should be to crack comedy and make people happy – money and fame will surely come. In this case, you have to exhaust your energy in crafting very funny comedies. Yes, VERY FUNNY.
This section, with examples, will teach you how to come up with funny concepts.
#1. Reframe Legends’ Stories
Regardless of your personality, you will dramatically be hilarious if you keep watching and following funny legends.
One fun way to quickly craft funny stories is to twist (re-write) jokes that got you laughing.
Take your book and pen, watch jokes of your favourite comedians, then pen down their storylines.
The next step is to rewrite the story by changing its flow.
A boy asked her mother, “Mum, is it good to wear a torn cloth to a party?” “Hurry up, we are already late for the wedding party,” the mum answered hastily. After the party, the mum asked, “OK, son, what were you asking me this morning?” The boy replied, “Ugh, nothing mum. I noticed you wore a torn skirt.”
Ade asked his father, “Dad, are cockroaches good to eat?” “That’s disgusting. Don’t talk about things like that over dinner,” the dad replied. After dinner the father asked, “Now, Ade, what did you want to ask me?” “Oh, nothing,” Ade said. “There was a cockroach in your soup, but now it’s gone.”
#2. Talk about What Annoys You
People tend to naturally feel great when they see others expressing their annoyance in a funny way. Build your story around what made you upset. Don’t spoil the fun by making it so serious.
“I saw a beautiful girl at the airport this morning, and I was blushing as she gently starred at me until she said:
Hey! Man, You look like the Cab Man that ran away with my change yesterday………… what a painful experience!”
#3. Blend Trending Stories
Trending gist is always good at pulling the interest of the crowd. Write your jokes around the funny event that recently took place.
Target a trending political or social issue, address it in a funny style, with a funny tone.
#4. Be serious about Funny Events
You can steal the attention of the show by posing to tell a serious story or warning, and surprisingly end it softly.
“Attention please! Guys please if you want to toast a girl, toast her with sense…. Don’t go and tell her:
Babe, I love you so much. I can give you the whole WORLD. I beg, where do you expect the rest of us to stay? NONSENSE……. (With funny tone)”
Key: Don’t laugh while telling this.
#5. Plug-in Punchlines
What makes a comedy funny is a line that makes people laugh – this is known as the punchline.
So, if you really want to throw your audience into a burst of sweet laughter, you have to strictly charge your energy in crafting so many Punchlines.
“The most thing you’re most reluctant to tell. That’s where the comedy is”____Mike Birbiglia
In most cases, the punchline doesn’t flow well with the storyline; you just have to say it because it spices the whole tale.
Note: Punchlines are written in bold and green.
A boy asked his father, “How were people born?” His father relied, “Adam and Eve made babies, and then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.” The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, “We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now.” The child ran back to his father and said, “You lied to me dad!” His father replied, “No, your mum was talking about her side of the family.”
A 4 year old boy sits near a pregnant woman.
Boy: Why do you look so fat?
Pregnant Woman: I have a baby inside me.
Boy: is it a good baby?
Pregnant Woman: Yes, it is a very good baby.
Boy: Then why did you eat it?
One day Ade got home early from school and his mom asked, “Why are you home so early today?” He answered, “Because I was the only one that answered a question in my class.” She said, “Wow, my son is a genius. What was the question?” Ade replied, “The question was ‘who threw a trash can at the principal’s head?’”
Publish Like a Pro: the best way is to stand out
What makes you a superb practitioner is an effort you give while publishing your story. According to experts, the points below will get you going.
* Write your concept
Don’t just jump into delivering your skit; write down your story and fish out the flaws. A pen and a book are the first tools that will let you know how powerful and effective your story is.
After writing your story, leave your book for the meantime and get your brain refreshed or relaxed, then come back to read what you’ve written down in the book – only then you can clearly filter out what will likely kill your effort.
* Make thorough rehearsals
What’s worth doing is always worth doing well. History has never recorded anyone as the perfect person on the earth; no one is perfect.
Practice your skit before throwing it to your audience. It’s worth your time to rehearse what you have to offer the congregation of sad and happy people – it’s your product, and can fetch you massive profit if done well.
Your story can be rehearsed thus:
- Mirror Your Performance. Your appearance can give more spices to your jokes. Perform your story before a standing mirror to have an inkling about what people will see and think of you.
- Read-out Your Concept. Reading the heart of your story can magically balance your voice with your reaction while delivering.
- Practice with Friends. Your friends can be seen as a temporary audience. Deliver your skit to them, and ask for opinions, so as to make quick adjustments.
“I mean I can do it when I’m very relaxed, and with good friends, then I think I can be amusing.”___Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr Bean)
* Deliver your skit
The time to publish! Your story can be published in different ways. But this section will focus on the most common one as at the time of this writing, which is the short film (usually skit).
My technical advice is that you should start with short skits – it’s easier and faster compared to stand-up.
All you need is to record your funny video and make it available on your social platforms.
Making Cool & Passive Money…
You can, and you will make money as a comedian in Nigeria if you follow the guides in this article. All you need is to firstly work on getting massive monthly traffic – I mean audience. Thereafter, you can channel your focus on any of the following paths to make a cool standard of living.
1. Opt-in for YouTube Ads
Apart from the data consumption, you don’t have anything to spend before making money from YouTube.
Start by creating a channel on YouTube, for your comedy brand, then signup on Google AdSense for videos. With this, Google will automatically mix your uploaded videos with short adverts.
These adverts will fetch you money when people watch your videos (cost per impression) or click on the adverts (pay per click).
2. Render banner, text or video ads
This is lucrative and can rapidly turn you a famous millionaire. Make it known to people that they can place adverts on your videos (it may be in form of text, video, or banner) and charge them any amount that suits you. Hurray!
Don’t overcharge, though.
3. Sell comic stories
You can make thousands, if not millions of Naira selling comic stories. All you need is write down funny jokes that can directly get readers to smile, laugh, and happy. Then find an online platform that can allow you to sell your digital product. Fun and fast!
4. Get hired in occasions
Of course, you can dramatically become a stand-up comedian when the time comes. If you thoroughly build your brand with short skits, people will hire you to perform in their ceremonies, in an exchange for any bill that matches your desire.
5. Become a brand partner
If your comedy is unique and fantastic, you may fortunately find a big company that will sign you for a lucrative partnership.
This article, as gathered from comedy and art legends, is a compilation of applicable tricks and tactics. It’s not a mere theory or guess-work.
Put the strategies you read into practice, and you will appreciate the time spent reading this long post. Hoping to see you flowing well.
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