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Comedian identifies why public still regard comedians as not doing serious business

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17 May 2019 5:07 AM GMT
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Comedian identifies why public still regard comedians as not doing serious business A comedian, Walter Ologbo, popularly known as “Prof. Waka Talk’’, on Thursday said that the public would continue to regard comedians as people doing serious business when their jokes address and proffer solutions to societal chasllenges. Ologbo said in Lagos that comedians  should […]

Comedian identifies why public still regard comedians as not doing serious business

A comedian, Walter Ologbo, popularly known as “Prof. Waka Talk’’, on Thursday said that the public would continue to regard comedians as people doing serious business when their jokes address and proffer solutions to societal chasllenges.

Ologbo said in Lagos that comedians should always focus on themes that would proffer solutions to the myriads of challenges affecting the society.

The comedian said that comedians would achieve this by listening to reading news items, listening to comments from the public on issues affecting them.

He said that with that, the public would see comedians as doing serious business and contributing to the development of the society.

He said that when their jokes were centred on topics with direct relevance to the society, they would become relevant and be a force to reckon among the public.

“Many people desire to become comedians, but they discovered that only a handful had attained the zenith or had the endurance to overcome failures.

“Stand-up comedy is a very competitive field with little job security.

“You might be considered a great comedian today, but nothing guarantees that the audience will love you tomorrow,’’ he said.

He noted that those who had reached the peak in the profession hardly lend helping hands to the up-and-coming ones.

“There are thousands of aspiring and amateur comedians who are finding it tough to attain success or fame because they do not see platforms they can grow from.’’

The comedian also said that another challenge was that most comedians were copying the performances of others.

Ologbo advised such to be genuine, create their own unique identities and should desist from plagiarizing other comedians’ works.

“No other art, besides stand-up comedy, requires that the artiste will both create and perform his own act.

“Each performance on stage must be unique in its own interaction with the crowd.

“Jokes that make the audience to fall flat on their stomachs while laughing this night may not achieve same effect the next night in the same arena,’’ he said.

He also advised comedians to always engage the services of agents that would be managing their activities.

“Those without managers or agents will be the one promoting themselves, booking their shows, writing and practising scripts. This can make them to lose focus.’’

Ologbo also advised comedians to always travel to other places so that they would be able to acquire new knowledge about the sector and become successful.

He said that comedians should be able to evolve jokes that would suit the needs of people with diversified backgrounds, ages and tastes.

He said that comedians’ abilities to adjust to any situations they found themselves would be an asset to them.

Ologbo hailed from Delta and he was into music before taking to comedy.

The stand-up comedian won the award for the best comedian for Year 2017.

Source: NAN

Photo Credit: Google

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